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    A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are...

    A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
    Front Burner: The English Christmas Decoded

    Front Burner: The English Christmas Decoded


    Nigel Slater’s newest tome is a guidebook to the winter season, with recipes for mincemeat and flavored spirits, and history and...

    Nigel Slater’s newest tome is a guidebook to the winter season, with recipes for mincemeat and flavored spirits, and history and lore.
    P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

    P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67


    P.M. Forni, the director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, in his office in Baltimore in 2007. “Acts of violence are often the result of an exchange of acts of rudeness that spiral out of control,” he...

    In two books he wrote about rudeness and how to avoid it. He also started a program to encourage the practice of good manners.
    Books of The Times: A Memoir That Might Inspire You to Break a Sweat

    Books of The Times: A Memoir That Might Inspire You to Break a Sweat


    Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, writes about the rigors and rewards of his life as a runner in “The Incomplete Book of...

    Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, writes about the rigors and rewards of his life as a runner in “The Incomplete Book of Running.”
    The Best Poetry of 2018

    The Best Poetry of 2018


    The Book Review’s poetry columnist, David Orr, picks 10 collections worth your...

    The Book Review’s poetry columnist, David Orr, picks 10 collections worth your attention.
    Nonfiction: Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration

    Nonfiction: Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration


    Michelle Obama with her daughter Sasha listening to Barack Obama speak to residents of Oskaloosa, Iowa, at a coffee shop on July 4,...

    The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.

    Times Insider: What Goes Into Our End-of-Year Books Lists


    By the end of a typical year, hundreds of thousands of books in various styles, genres and subject areas are published. These three lists are meant to help you make sense of it...

    By the end of a typical year, hundreds of thousands of books in various styles, genres and subject areas are published. These three lists are meant to help you make sense of it all.

    The Art of Reading: The Way We Read


    Donald and Patricia Oresman’s 550-piece art collection was auctioned recently. Every piece had one thing in common: People were reading in...

    Donald and Patricia Oresman’s 550-piece art collection was auctioned recently. Every piece had one thing in common: People were reading in them.
    Books News: A New Book About Mussolini Is Provoking a Debate Over His Legacy

    Books News: A New Book About Mussolini Is Provoking a Debate Over His Legacy


    “In the Italian imagination, Mussolini remains a kind of totem, a figure of great charisma, a kind of perverse national father whom we have repressed,” said Antonio Scurati. “This book has brought him out of that...

    Antonio Scurati, the author of “M,” sees his book as an anti-fascist history lesson disguised as a novel. Others disagree.

    The Book Review Podcast: Immaturity in American Politics


    Alan Wolfe discusses “The Politics of Petulance,” and Nadja Spiegelman talks about two books by Lucia...

    Alan Wolfe discusses “The Politics of Petulance,” and Nadja Spiegelman talks about two books by Lucia Berlin.

    Letters to the Editor


    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book...

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
    Books of The Times: Revelations and Reckonings in a Sex Scandal From Long Before #MeToo

    Books of The Times: Revelations and Reckonings in a Sex Scandal From Long Before #MeToo


    In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to...

    In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
    Nonfiction: Books About Losing Faith That Will Give You Hope

    Nonfiction: Books About Losing Faith That Will Give You Hope


    In “Interior States,” Megan O’Gieblyn reconsiders her evangelical upbringing, and in “What if This Were Enough?” Heather Havrilesky renounces the “enforced cheer” of American...

    In “Interior States,” Megan O’Gieblyn reconsiders her evangelical upbringing, and in “What if This Were Enough?” Heather Havrilesky renounces the “enforced cheer” of American culture.

    Nonfiction: The Real-Life Heroine Who Inspired a Character on ‘Boardwalk Empire’


    With “Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,” Stephen L. Carter celebrates his extraordinary...

    With “Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,” Stephen L. Carter celebrates his extraordinary grandmother.
    Nonfiction: Colm Toibin on the Fathers of Geniuses

    Nonfiction: Colm Toibin on the Fathers of Geniuses


    From left: John Stanislaus Joyce, John B. Yeats and William...

    “Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know” recounts the lives of the fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce — and the chaos they created.
    The Shortlist: Shrewd Short Stories That Merge the Hopeless and the Hopeful

    The Shortlist: Shrewd Short Stories That Merge the Hopeless and the Hopeful


    Four collections, in settings that range from Glasgow to an island in the Pacific Northwest, sketch troubled lives and a yearning for better...

    Four collections, in settings that range from Glasgow to an island in the Pacific Northwest, sketch troubled lives and a yearning for better times.
    Nonfiction: Two Leading Intellectuals Analyze What Ails America

    Nonfiction: Two Leading Intellectuals Analyze What Ails America


    Alan Wolfe’s “The Politics of Petulance” and Lawrence Lessig’s “America, Compromised” offer differing diagnoses of the condition of the...

    Alan Wolfe’s “The Politics of Petulance” and Lawrence Lessig’s “America, Compromised” offer differing diagnoses of the condition of the country.
    Fiction: A Parable About Good, Evil and the Inevitable

    Fiction: A Parable About Good, Evil and the Inevitable


    A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her...

    A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her life.
    Andrei Bitov, Russian Writer Who Chose Not to Flee, Dies at 81

    Andrei Bitov, Russian Writer Who Chose Not to Flee, Dies at 81


    Andrei Bitov in 1988. He has been called a “founder of Russsian postmodernism” and compared to Vladimir...

    At a time when many of the Soviet Union’s greatest authors left the country, he stayed, despite sometimes incurring official wrath.
    Fiction: ‘Love Is Blind,’ but Lust Isn’t

    Fiction: ‘Love Is Blind,’ but Lust Isn’t


    In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian...

    In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian soprano.
    By the Book: Michelle Obama: By the Book

    By the Book: Michelle Obama: By the Book


    Michelle...

    The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.”
    Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175

    Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175


    Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, who had just been elected president of the United States, with his wife, Eleanor, holding one of their granddaughters, on Christmas Day in...

    On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times’s coverage of the book and its author, Charles Dickens.

    Nonfiction: A Scholar of Religion Confronts Her Own Grief


    In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and...

    In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.
    Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

    Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018


    The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the...

    The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
    The 10 Best Books of 2018

    The 10 Best Books of 2018


    The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this...

    The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.