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The deep woods and the drawing rooms of London are crime scenes in Marilyn Stasio’s column. Also two villages, one in France and the other in England.
Joseph O’Neill’s story collection, “Good Trouble,” features characters unlikely to be on the receiving end of a warmhearted learning experience.
In “Uneasy Peace,” Patrick Sharkey sees disparities when the homicide rate drops. The country is safer, but some people are now afraid of the police.
An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.
Affecting stories by the Fan Brothers, Dan Santat and Minh Le, and more celebrate the bonds between grandparents and grandkids.
Patricia O’Toole’s “The Moralist” is the latest biography of Wilson, who has inspired fierce arguments ever since his death in 1924.
They may be action-packed page turners — but these books also ask readers to consider very real social issues.
“The Fair Chase,” Philip Dray’s illuminating history, recounts the evolution of American hunting from frontier vocation to competitive pastime.
The National Book Award-winning poet creates a graphic “verse” in response to the sociopolitical conundrums he tackles in his new book.
These four masterly collections migrate from a plant nursery in Maine to a Buddhist temple in Japan, pursuing unlikely connections and flashes of enlightenment.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In his novel “A View of the Empire at Sunset,” Caryl Phillips uses the difficult, lonely life of Jean Rhys to explore themes of alienation and exile.
“Border Districts” and “Stream System,” by Gerald Murnane, reflect the author’s forays into the inner reaches of his own mind.
Rebekah Frumkin’s debut, “The Comedown,” is the drugs-and-crime tragedy of two Cleveland clans discovering the fluidity of life and of the self.
In her collection “Yeah No,” Jane Gregory adopts an otherworldly voice like a medium channeling signals from the great elsewhere.
In “Selfie,” Will Storr searches for the roots of Western narcissism, a journey that takes him from a Scottish cloister to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel “The Seas” will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: “I enjoy all these books. I just hope I’ll never need them to survive.”
Peter Ackroyd’s “Queer City” is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.
In “The End of the French Intellectual,” Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country’s most oppressed people.
“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”
In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.
Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.
Nell Painter’s “Old in Art School” and Aruna D’Souza’s “Whitewalling” bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.
In “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” Terrance Hayes expresses ambivalence and grief for his country.
A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling’s magical world.
Advocates see an opportunity to help prevent bigotry from taking root in children, but deciding the details has divided some communities.
The debate is likely to grow more contentious as writers and professors take sides in this #MeToo era.
A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager’s treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.
“History of Violence,” out this month in the U.S., is the writer’s attempt to tell his own story of being raped and nearly murdered.
Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of “There There,” his quietly devastating debut.
In her debut, “The Map of Salt and Stars,” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.
Kitty Pryde was set to marry Piotr Rasputin, but Marvel threw a wrench into the story line, ending the issue with the union of a different couple.
A selection of recent audiobooks; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
David E. Sanger’s “The Perfect Weapon” is an encyclopedic account of developments in the cyberworld.
Joseph Crespino’s “biography” of the virtuous lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.
Tom Santopietro’s “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters” is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.
In his collection “Not Here,” the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen makes art from his memories of racism and abuse.
In her book “Futureface,” Alex Wagner takes a skeptical look at companies that research our genetics only to hedge their bets in the fine print.
In Joe Mungo Reed’s debut novel, “We Begin Our Ascent,” a cyclist competing in the Tour de France gets wrapped up in the complicated costs of possible victory.
In his new book, Richard Rhodes makes his way through four centuries of energy use, from oil to nuclear, and how each innovation has changed the world.
In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.