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A new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder “refreshes and revitalizes” our understanding of westward expansion, pioneer life and the literature that mythologized it.
John Banville’s sequel to James’s “Portrait of a Lady” follows the heroine back to Rome and to the possible end of her marriage.
David Hepworth discusses “Uncommon People,” his new book about Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many others who shaped our idea of what a rock star is — and about why that species has disappeared.
Jane Villanueva’s book will finally be published on the show. It will also be available for fans to purchase in real life.
“The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992” is Tina Brown’s own record of running that influential magazine, and all the glittering prizes that came with it.
James Wolcott talks about “Raising Trump” and “The Kardashians,” and Tina Brown discusses “The Vanity Fair Diaries.”
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week:Elizabeth Hardwick on the art and meaning of the essay.
With masculinity in its sights, Ross Raisin’s “A Natural” dares to tackle frustration and thwarted action as its themes.
In the audiobook edition of “Not Quite a Genius,” a senior writer for Funny or Die explores an impressive medley of forms, themes and voices.
In a new audiobook, Kenneth Branagh reads one of Agatha Christie’s most convoluted and ingenious plots.
These books are linked by their interest in extreme psychological and emotional states, from paranoia to obsession to forbidden love.
In “Adults in the Room,” the former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis describes Greece’s economic crisis from the inside.
Adam Rutherford’s engaging science book, “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived,” explains the many ways DNA links us to our ancestors.
Lawrence Freedman warns in “The Future of War” that he doesn’t expect to see an end to human conflict.
The author of “The Vanity Fair Diaries” reveals a page from her handwritten journal recounting her experiences on the day she learned of Andy Warhol’s death.
Nancy Pearl’s first novel, “George & Lizzie,” combines lit-crit geekiness, dentistry and team sports to create an unusual romantic comedy.
A septuagenarian cellist faces down his personal and professional losses in Mark Helprin’s novel “Paris in the Present Tense.”
Wiley Cash’s heroine in “The Last Ballad” is based on a real-life union organizer and folk singer now mostly lost to history.
In “Real American: A Memoir,” Julie Lythcott-Haims describes growing up biracial in a mostly white milieu.
In a new audiobook, “The State of Affairs,” Esther Perel follows up on “Mating in Captivity” by focusing on the husbands and wives who stray.
Arlie Russell Hochschild reviews Jessica Bruder’s book about senior citizens who live out of R.V.s and work low-wage jobs.
In a best-selling campaign memoir, “Hacks,” the Democratic operative and former party chair reveals she never trusted the polls.
Robert W. Merry’s “President McKinley” argues for the centrality of a generally forgotten chief executive.
“The Collected Essays,” edited by Darryl Pinckney, reveal as much about who Hardwick was as they do about the fiction she loved.
Diana B. Henriques’s “A First-Class Catastrophe” is a minute-by-minute account of the stock market disaster of Oct. 19, 1987.
In “I Can’t Breathe,” Matt Taibbi reports on the people and the policies that shaped the course of Garner’s life.
Readers respond to Alan Dershowitz’s review of “Scalia Speaks” and implore Ron Chernow to rethink his ideal dinner guests.
At Quest, the New Age isn’t exactly new. This esoteric bookshop has roots that go back to the 19th-century Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky.
For Xue Yiwei, Canada was a safe haven in which to write, but now he’s finding an audience abroad that appreciates his subversive novel.
The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
New crime novels by Barclay, Indridason and Lehane take readers from New York to Reykjavik. Then Goldstone goes back in time for a medical mystery.
It is the second National Book Award for Ms. Ward, a Mississippi native who also won in 2011 for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Eddie Berganza led several of the company’s most successful series and was accused of forcibly kissing or groping co-workers.
Masha Gessen, a visiting professor at Amherst, tells why, on this Thanksgiving, her annual ritual of hosting strangers is more important and more difficult.
The novelist and former Marine Elliot Ackerman says that now is the time to heed President Kennedy’s call to repair a fractured nation.
Just when the food scholar Jessica B. Harris thinks that a beloved family meal can’t be replaced, she learns that maybe it can.
A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”