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  1. BookExpo Proves You Can Have a Trade Show in a Pandemic, Virtually Books, Today

    The publishing industry’s annual event, normally staged at the cavernous Javits Center, moved some programming online and reached a big digital crowd.

  2. Grace Edwards, Harlem Mystery Writer, Dies at 87 Obits, Today

    A former director of the Harlem Writers Guild, she published her first novel when she was 55, and her first mystery, featuring a stylish female ex-cop turned sleuth, when she was 64.

  3. People Are Marching Against Racism. They’re Also Reading About It. Books, Today

    Books on the subject have soared up best-seller lists as protests continue across the country.

  4. A.O. Scott on the Work of Wallace Stegner Books, Today

    Scott discusses his first in a series of essays about American writers, and David Kamp talks about “Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America.”

  5. Beautiful Places to Die Book Review, Today

    In these new crime novels, the settings — mountain hamlets, Antarctic ice fields, French sheep farms — may look bucolic. They are not.

  6. Hell House Book Review, Today

    In Dennis Mahoney’s “Ghostlove,” a young man becomes involved with the dead woman haunting his brownstone.

  7. Three New Memoirs Bring the Farm to the Page Book Review, Today

    From Depression-era Wisconsin to 21st-century Wales, the pastures that have shaped the people who tended them.

  8. Talking to Kids About Racism National, Today

    A school counselor and a children’s book author offer advice for talking to children about racism and George Floyd.

  9. New in Paperback: ‘Mistress of the Ritz’ and ‘No Visible Bruises’ Book Review, Today

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  10. Revisiting the Arab Spring, in Letters to the Editor Book Review, Today

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  11. Considering Whether Writers Are Born or Made Book Review, Today

    In this week’s issue, A.O. Scott writes about Wallace Stegner. In 1948, Stegner wrote for the Book Review about universities as a place for training writers.

  12. The Self-Help Life Cycle Book Review, Today

    When we’re at home and searching to better ourselves, a certain genre of books beckons, again and again.

  13. Stacey Abrams Has a Message for You: Get Involved Book Review, Yesterday

    She isn’t Georgia’s governor — she will tell you herself — but in “Our Time Is Now” she still has a blueprint for effective leadership.

  14. How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality Op Ed, Yesterday

    We don’t need any more novels or TV shows about cops who do the wrong thing for the “right” reason.

  15. 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, Yesterday

    Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

  16. Why Michael Eric Dyson Would Demote ‘Heart of Darkness’ From the Canon Book Review, Yesterday

    “It’s done so much damage in fashioning savage notions of Africa.”

  17. Hilarie Burton Morgan Asked Fans to Shop Local. They Listened. Book Review, Yesterday

    Oblong Books is closed to the public, but star power helps keep the lights on in the Hudson Valley’s literary hub.

  18. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: America’s No. 1 Literary Celebrity Book Review, Yesterday

    In his new biography, “Cross of Snow,” Nicholas A. Basbanes makes a case for the man and the poet.

  19. Bruce Jay Friedman, 90, Author With a Darkly Comic Worldview, Dies Obits, June 3

    An unusual case in American letters, he moved easily between literature and pop culture, including movies like “Stir Crazy" and “Splash,” to great acclaim.

  20. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Second-Wave Feminism Styles, June 3

    A zinelike directory for feminist outposts across the U.S. from 1973 has been reissued, and is selling out.

  21. Unseen Script Offers New Evidence of a Radical Lorraine Hansberry Arts & Leisure, June 3

    A play based on Charles W. Chesnutt’s “Marrow of Tradition” shows the writer of “A Raisin in the Sun” attuned to the history of white violence.

  22. As Audiobook Market Grows, Narrators of Color Find Their Voice Books, June 3

    Publishers are increasingly seeking out audio talent that reflects the race and experience of the books’ authors and characters. But what constitutes a black, Latino or Asian voice?

  23. Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often Parenting, June 3

    These books can help start the conversation.

  24. In ‘Surviving Autocracy,’ Masha Gessen Tells Us to Face the Facts Culture, June 3

    Gessen surveys the American political landscape in a style that is methodical and direct, relying on pointed observations instead of baroque hyperbole.

  25. Robb Forman Dew, Novelist Who Wrote of Families, Dies at 73 Obits, June 2

    Her well-regarded books chronicled day-to-day life, spurning fast-paced gimmicks in favor of carefully built portraits.

  26. Streaming Consciousness Floods ‘A School for Fools’ Culture, June 2

    The Belarus Free Theater’s livestreaming, mind-bending adaptation of Sasha Sokolov’s poetic novel assumes the bifocal eye-view of a divided self.

  27. These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids Parenting, June 2

    The conversation about race needs to start early and keep happening.

  28. With These Literary Puzzlers, the Game’s Afoot (and in Hand) Book Review, June 2

    Need something to occupy your mind and your time? Consider two book-themed diversions that grab your attention using post or pixel.

  29. New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Computers to Mushrooms Book Review, June 2

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

  30. How Shakespeare Paperbacks Made Me Want to Be a Writer Magazine, June 2

    The more you read, the more you realize Shakespeare is woven into the fiber of the English language.

  31. In ‘Exciting Times,’ Echoes of Sally Rooney, but With a Queer Twist Book Review, June 2

    Naoise Dolan’s debut follows a young Irishwoman as she becomes involved in the lives of Hong Kong’s upper crust.

  32. ‘The Deviant’s War,’ by Eric Cervini: An Excerpt Book Review, June 2

    An excerpt from “The Deviant’s War,” by Eric Cervini

  33. ‘The Next Great Migration,’ by Sonia Shah: An Excerpt Book Review, June 2

    An excerpt from “The Next Great Migration,” by Sonia Shah

  34. The Brilliant Astronomer Who Devised New Tactics to Fight Anti-Gay Bias Book Review, June 2

    In 1957, Franklin Kameny was fired from a government job for being gay. His bold fight against bias, Eric Cervini shows in “The Deviant’s War,” inspired a movement.

  35. When the Price of Freedom Is Detention, Frostbite and Amputation Book Review, June 2

    “Between Everything and Nothing,” by Joe Meno, recounts the harrowing quest by two Ghanaian men to gain asylum in North America.

  36. The Pill That Makes Life Shine Brighter, Fallout Be Damned Book Review, June 2

    “Ornamental,” by the Colombian writer Juan Cárdenas, smashes together art, science and philosophy in a compact, fast-moving novel.

  37. Birds Do It. People, Too. Is Migration Simply Natural for All Species? Book Review, June 2

    In her latest book, “The Next Great Migration,” the science journalist Sonia Shah traces the global movements of humans today to age-old patterns in other species.

  38. Wayétu Moore Escapes a Civil War in Liberia. In America, She Encounters a New Kind of Danger. Book Review, June 2

    “The Dragons, the Giant, the Women” is a migration memoir of separations, relocations and reunions.

  39. A Terrorist Attack Sparks the Plot of Megha Majumdar’s Powerful Debut Novel Culture, June 2

    “A Burning” captures the political landscape of modern-day India through the lives of three characters.

  40. Wallace Stegner and the Conflicted Soul of the West Book Review, June 1

    In his first installment of a new series on overlooked or under-read American writers, A.O. Scott, a critic at large for The New York Times, considers Wallace Stegner, the Western novelist who captured, and criticized, his region’s individualistic...

  41. Writers who show us who we are Books, June 1

    These essays on American authors — some well known, some unjustly forgotten, some perpetually misunderstood — aim to restore a sense of the “complex fate” of being an American. Read more about the series.

  42. How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper Science, June 1

    Published scientific research, like any piece of writing, is a peculiar literary genre.

  43. Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books Books, June 1

    Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

  44. Tales From Home, For Home Interactive, June 1

    While you’re stuck at home, a selection of novels will let you hang out in someone else’s, whether it’s a mansion, a lighthouse or an apartment building.

  45. Fall Is Now Jam-Packed for Book Publishers. That Could Be a Problem. Books, June 1

    Books scheduled for release this spring and summer are now on track for fall, when authors will be fighting for attention in the midst of a presidential election and an ongoing crisis.

  46. A Filmmaker Put Away for Tax Fraud Takes Us Inside a British Prison Culture, June 1

    In “A Bit of a Stretch,” Chris Atkins writes about the nine months he spent at Wandsworth, one of the largest, oldest and unruliest prisons in Britain.

  47. Karen Blumenthal, 61, Dies; Journalist Turned Young-Adult Author Obits, May 31

    After many years at The Wall Street Journal, she began writing books about the social forces that gave rise to hot-button issues in American culture.

  48. A Cog in the Machine of Creation Op Ed, May 31

    The many roles involved in producing a film rule out the notion of a single, indispensable artist.

  49. A Classically Inspired House, Complete with Tragedy Special Sections, May 31

    A novelist finds much to narrate about the fanciful Villa Kérylos on the French Riviera.

  50. 4 Books to Inspire Your Inner Designer Special Sections, May 31

    New books on hand dryers, carpet patterns and Soviet and Scandinavian design influences.

  51. A Tale of Twinned Cities Book Review, May 30

    In William Shivering’s “Thieves of Weirdwood,” a mirror city’s buildings and streets physically reflect the hopes and fears of a “normal,” grim, Dickensian city’s residents.

  52. For Fans of Ivan, the Answer to ‘What About Bob?’ Book Review, May 30

    In Katherine Applegate’s “The One and Only Bob,” Ivan’s best buddy strikes out on his own.

  53. An Artist Who Delights in the Minor Key T Style, May 29

    Moyra Davey’s work moves freely between photography, video and writing but is united in its unwavering attention to the objects and accidents of everyday life.

  54. What Happens to Powell’s Books When You Can’t Browse the Aisles? Sunday Business, May 29

    The enormous independent bookstore in Portland, Ore., became an unlikely tourist attraction. Now that it’s shut, Emily Powell, the chief executive, is having to rethink the books business.

  55. A Manhunt on the 17th Century’s High Seas Books, May 29

    Steven Johnson talks about “Enemy of All Mankind,” and Gilbert Cruz offers a guide to Stephen King’s work.

  56. Tony Kushner: Larry Kramer Spoke the Truths We Needed to Hear Op Ed, May 29

    He showed us that liberation from oppression was a matter of life and death.

  57. The Beach May Be Closed, but These Books Are Worth Opening Book Review, May 29

    Three new novels transport you to other places — Nantucket, Seoul and the French Riviera.

  58. Design Fiction: Real Solutions, Unreal Problems Arts & Leisure, May 29

    “Lithopy,” a social satire, and other futuristic works, mark a new direction for digital storytelling.

  59. A Novel Imagines the Fate of Twin Sisters, One Passing for White Book Review, May 29

    “The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett, considers fraught questions of racial identity, personal freedom and community in a story that stretches from the Jim Crow South to 1980s Los Angeles.

  60. Fact or Farce? Alexandra Petri Thinks ‘Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why’ Book Review, May 29

    The latest installments of political satire from the Washington Post columnist.

  61. Letters to the Editor Book Review, May 29

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  62. New in Paperback: ‘Sabrina & Corina’ and ‘Save Me the Plums’ Book Review, May 29

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  63. Life Advice From a Dead Grandmother Who’s Returned as a Bird Book Review, May 29

    “Parakeet,” Marie-Helene Bertino’s trippy, surreal new novel, follows a heroine reckoning with her unhappy engagement and other life choices.

  64. Revisiting Summer Reading, Over 100 Years Ago Book Review, May 29

    More than a century ago, the editorial page of The Times recommended the Book Review’s annual Summer Reading issue.

  65. Comedy Tonight: ‘S.N.L.’ Then and Now Book Review, May 29

    On its 45th anniversary, Colin Jost (in “A Very Punchable Face”) and Alan Zweibel (in “Laugh Lines”) relive their years at “Saturday Night Live.”

  66. Lighting Out for the Territories With Ornette Coleman Book Review, May 29

    Maria Golia’s new biography of the unorthodox jazz musician captures the many worlds his compositions explored.

  67. Dreaming of a Park Bench and a Book Book Review, May 29

    What we wouldn’t give to spend an afternoon reading in the sun.

  68. 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, May 28

    Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

  69. Simon & Schuster Names Jonathan Karp C.E.O. Business, May 28

    Previously the president of the company’s adult publishing division, he succeeds Carolyn Reidy, who died earlier this month.

  70. 13 Books to Watch For in June Weekend, May 28

    An important gay civil rights history, the story of human migration and summery, juicy new novels from Kevin Kwan, J. Courtney Sullivan, Max Brooks and Ottessa Moshfegh.

  71. Lights. Camera. Makeup. And a Carefully Placed 1,246-Page Book. Metro, May 28

    ‘The Power Broker,’ a biography by Robert Caro, has become a must-have prop for numerous politicians and reporters appearing on camera from home.

  72. They Predicted ‘The Crisis of 2020’ … in 1991. So How Does This End? Politics, May 28

    Two scholars coined the term millennial and developed a fan base for their grim theories. Now, the surviving one sees a generational realignment happening in American politics that does not bode well for Republicans.

  73. Yes, It Is Possible to Change History. Write a Novel! Book Review, May 28

    In her best-selling debut, “The Henna Artist,” Alka Joshi changes the course of her mother’s life.

  74. The Novel That Made Jules Feiffer Ignore His Family on Vacation Book Review, May 28

    “For five days, I barely moved from the beach chair.”

  75. 23 Poets Laureate Receive Fellowships for Projects Around the U.S. Books, May 28

    The program, now in its second year, was expanded from 13 poets in 2019 thanks to a $4.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

  76. Barbara Sher, 84, Dies; Prescribed Self-Help With a Dose of Humor Obits, May 27

    After lifting herself up, she poked fun at the motivational industry while promoting her own brand of self-fulfillment in workshops and popular books.

  77. Steve Hann, Sidewalk Bookseller With a Brainy Following, Dies at 67 Obits, May 27

    Mr. Hann, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, drew customers from Columbia University and a NASA office to his folding tables covered with used books.

  78. Larry Kramer, Prophet and Pussycat Culture, May 27

    On the stage and on the page, his fury was fueled by an often-cloaked belief in the power of love.

  79. Remembering Larry Kramer T Style, May 27

    A look back at the passionate activist and writer, as he appeared in the pages of T.

  80. Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84 Obits, May 27

    He sought to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency and foresaw that it could kill millions regardless of sexual orientation.

  81. ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Is Back: Help Yourself to the Fridge Arts & Leisure, May 27

    A TV adaptation of the wildly popular young adult books, arriving on Netflix in July, modernizes the setting but stays true to the novels. There’s even a landline.

  82. Whether You’re Making a Meal or Cleaning an Oil Spill, There’s a Fungus for That Culture, May 27

    In “Entangled Life,” the biologist Merlin Sheldrake shines a celebratory spotlight on the little understood features and functions of fungal networks.

  83. Amnesia Nation: Why China Has Forgotten Its Coronavirus Outbreak Business, May 27

    A 2009 novel predicted the Chinese people would forget a traumatic crisis. The puzzle, says its author, is how it happened so fast.

  84. Cocktails Beyond the Margarita, Mojito and Pisco Sour Dining, May 26

    “Spirits of Latin America” by Ivy Mix uses the classics as a starting point.

  85. Anthony Bailey, Biographer With Restless Literary Spirit, Dies at 87 Obits, May 26

    Mr. Bailey was a longtime New Yorker magazine writer who wrote about Rembrandt, J. M. W. Turner and other artists. He died from the novel coronavirus.

  86. Brit Bennett’s New Novel Explores the Power and Performance of Race Culture, May 26

    In “The Vanishing Half,” her follow-up to “The Mothers,” Brit Bennett writes about twin sisters from Louisiana who set out in very different directions.

  87. Visit These Science-Fiction Worlds to Make Sense of Our Own Book Review, May 26

    Racial strife, consent, wealth inequality: The issues swirling in these fantastical settings may seem familiar.

  88. David Frum Rethinks Conservatism Book Review, May 26

    In “Trumpocalypse,” a former prominent neoconservative reflects on what he got wrong, and where we should go from here.

  89. J.K. Rowling Begins Publishing ‘The Ickabog,’ for Children in Lockdown Books, May 26

    The Harry Potter author said her new fairy tale would go online in installments, starting Tuesday, and published as a book in November.

  90. In His New Book, a War Novelist Turns to More Intimate Battles Book Review, May 26

    “Red Dress in Black and White,” by Elliot Ackerman, features an American woman anxious to leave her Turkish husband as political unrest rages in Istanbul.

  91. From the Philippines to Harvard, Boyhood to Womanhood, a Coming-of-Age Across Borders Book Review, May 26

    In “Fairest,” Meredith Talusan looks back on her life lived at the intersection of genders, races, sexualities and cultures.

  92. New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Harry Potter to Kevin Hart Book Review, May 26

    A selection of recent audiobooks of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

  93. Guns, Gunfights and the Legends of the Wild West Book Review, May 26

    Jim Rasenberger’s “Revolver” explores Sam Colt and the invention of the six-shooter, while Tom Clavin’s “Tombstone” looks at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

  94. America Is Obsessed With Cuba. But What Do We Know About Its Citizens? Book Review, May 26

    “The Cubans,” by Anthony DePalma, paints a detailed, novelistic portrait of a handful of ordinary Cubans — their hopes, political beliefs and struggles to get by.

  95. J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Sees the World as Don Quixote Does Book Review, May 26

    “The Death of Jesus,” the final novel in a trilogy, is a modern fable that challenges our limited understanding of reality.

  96. For Kenny Chesney and Others, Promotion in a Pandemic Is a Quandary Culture, May 25

    How do you ask for attention when the world is consumed by a life-or-death crisis?

  97. In ‘Dirt,’ Bill Buford Goes in Search of French Cuisine’s Secrets Culture, May 25

    Buford recounts his intensely focused experiences in restaurant kitchens after moving his family to Lyon.

  98. Keeping Bookstores Safe Letters, May 25

    A reader suggests that they hand out disposable gloves to browsing customers. Also: Retaliatory dismissals.

  99. The New Model Media Star Is Famous Only to You Business, May 24

    With short videos and paid newsletters, everyone from superstars to half-forgotten former athletes and even journalists can, as one tech figure put it, “monetize individuality.”

  100. Las librerías renuevan sus alianzas en Español, May 24

    Han comenzado a reabrir las librerías iberoamericanas. Para hacer frente a momentos tan difíciles, tienen que reforzar el pacto íntimo que mantienen con sus clientes, que en muchos casos son también amigos.

  101. A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question Sunday Business, May 23

    What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?

  102. Going Places: An Anonymous Gossip Cartoonist With Buzz Book Review, May 23

    In Remy Lai’s “Fly on the Wall,” an overprotected boy who feels invisible at school creates an eavesdropping alter ego.

  103. A Comics-Obsessed Cinderella Down on the Farm Book Review, May 23

    In Lucy Knisley’s “Stepping Stones,” a city girl faces her fears about farming, family life and evil stepsisters.

  104. Immigration Reform, Past and Present Books, May 22

    Jia Lynn Yang talks about “One Mighty and Irresistible Tide,” and Judith Newman discusses books that help simplify life.

  105. With Museums Closed, Coffee-Table Books Bring the Art to You Book Review, May 22

    The catalogs meant to accompany the spring’s biggest exhibitions are now the exhibitions themselves.

  106. Why a ‘Strange and Nerdy’ Book About Eels Is Making Waves Culture, May 22

    Patrik Svensson mixed natural history with memoir for his debut, which has become a surprise best seller and award winner in his native Sweden.

  107. Looking at War Across 2,500 Years Book Review, May 22

    Thomas E. Ricks considers books from ancient China down to the war in Afghanistan.

  108. The Origins of the Holocaust and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, May 22

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  109. New in Paperback: ‘Inland’ and ‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’ Book Review, May 22

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  110. Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Writing a Second Book Together Culture, May 21

    “The President’s Daughter,” set to come out in June 2021, follows their best-selling novel “The President Is Missing.”

  111. 8 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, May 21

    Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

  112. Why Yo-Yo Ma Would Invite Socrates to Dinner Book Review, May 21

    “For once, I’d like to ask the questions.”

  113. Livestreams to Watch: John Legend Performance and Memorial Day Events Culture, May 21

    Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for in coming days, and when to tune in.

  114. Five Art Books to Read This Summer Weekend, May 21

    As the art world mulls whether a return to “normalcy” should be its goal, publishers mine the archives of artists who found their own counterpaths.

  115. Welcome to Kiera Cass’s Kingdom, Where She Makes the Rules Book Review, May 21

    It has been decreed: The author of the ‘Selection’ series has another best seller.

  116. An Absurdist Noir Novel Shows Yukio Mishima’s Lighter Side Books, May 21

    In “Life for Sale,” a young copywriter fails at suicide, offers his life up in the classifieds and has a series of misadventures.

  117. When Armchair Travel Is Your Only Option Interactive, May 20

    With these books, you can wander through the cities of the Silk Road, visit a bushmeat market in Congo and discover tiny museums in Iceland.

  118. Eager to Visit a Different Time? These Novels Will Transport You Interactive, May 20

    We can’t promise your destination will be an easier time than the one we’re in. But the journey will provide distraction and entertainment!

  119. The Summer Heats Up With Some True Crime Interactive, May 20

    Explore stories, from a mysterious death at a Los Angeles hotel to Depression-era kidnappings, that are scarier because they really happened.

  120. Rakesses, Writers, Activists and Dukes, All of Them Hot Interactive, May 20

    Does the state of the world have you desperate for a happy ending? Pick up a romance novel.

  121. Puddings, Pimento Patty Melts, Sweet Potato Muffins: Drool-Worthy New Cookbooks Interactive, May 20

    Drool-Worthy New Cookbooks

  122. Alicia Keys and Tori Amos Are the Headliners for This Season’s Music Books Interactive, May 20

    Lauretta Charlton reviews Keys’s “More Myself,” Amos’s “Resistance” and Peter Gatien’s “The Club King.”

  123. Victories, Defeats and the Science of Sports Interactive, May 20

    Six new sports books this season cover everything from surfing to cognitive psychology.

  124. New Hollywood Books for Summer Interactive, May 20

    A loving portrait of Natalie Wood by her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner; Val Kilmer’s memoir; and a tribute to the entertaining trash that is “Valley of the Dolls.”

  125. Pulse-Pounding Summer Thrillers Interactive, May 20

    If there were ever a time to distract yourself with escapist fiction, that time is now.

  126. Necessary Evils: New Horror Fiction Interactive, May 20

    In these novels, housewives battle vampires, a troop of Sasquatch lays siege to a housing development and friends are haunted by a hunting trip gone very, very wrong.

  127. Summer Reading Interactive, May 20

    Let books entertain you, offer escape and stretch your horizons this season.

  128. ‘I Release You, Fear’ Podcasts, May 20

    Cheryl Strayed talks with the poet Joy Harjo about beauty, prophecies and listening to your spiritual council.

  129. Modern Love Podcast: Jameela Jamil Reads ‘How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert’ Styles, May 20

    The actress from “The Good Place” and the host of the “I Weigh” podcast reads an essay about escaping sexual abuse.

  130. Summer Reading Suggestions, Handpicked for Your Taste Books, May 20

    If you know what you’ve liked in the past, here are some books that might work for you now.

  131. John Maynard Keynes Died in 1946. An Outstanding New Biography Shows Him Relevant Still. Culture, May 20

    In “The Price of Peace,” Zachary D. Carter situates the development of Keynes’s economic thought in relation to his social milieu.

  132. This Is No Time to Read Alone Book Review, May 20

    In lockdown and through our screens, we’re reminded of all that’s special and strange about group reading: a solitary, private act made public.

  133. Leonard Levitt, Reporter Who Riled N.Y.P.D. Brass, Dies at 79 Obits, May 19

    His newspaper column, books and blog sought to hold the police accountable, and his reporting reopened a murder case against a Kennedy cousin in Connecticut.

  134. America’s Immigration Paradox Book Review, May 19

    Two new books, Jia Lynn Yang’s “One Mighty and Irresistible Tide” and Adam Goodman’s “The Deportation Machine,” take very different approaches to the immigration question.

  135. Yu Lihua, 90, Dies; Writer Spoke to ‘Rootless’ Chinese Émigrés Obits, May 19

    In her fiction she depicted “the struggle of Chinese immigrants in American society” — not the “Oriental exoticism” preferred by many publishers in the ’60s.

  136. In Search of Time Lost and Newly Found Books, May 19

    Our critic Parul Sehgal examines how the notion of time — and how we describe it — has changed during the quarantine.

  137. Coronavirus Shutdowns Weigh on Book Sales Books, May 19

    Total U.S. sales in March were down 8.4 percent to $667 million, a sign of how the early days of the pandemic hurt booksellers and publishers.

  138. A ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Focuses on an Unlikely Character Books, May 19

    A teenage Coriolanus Snow stars in Suzanne Collins’s “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” which is every bit as violent and jarring as the first three books.

  139. New & Noteworthy, From a Rock Memoir to Chinese Surrealism Book Review, May 19

    A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

  140. ‘Drifts,’ by Kate Zambreno: An Excerpt Book Review, May 19

    An excerpt from “Drifts,” by Kate Zambreno

  141. ‘The Equivalents,’ by Maggie Doherty: An Excerpt Book Review, May 19

    An excerpt from “The Equivalents,” by Maggie Doherty

  142. ‘The Motion of the Body Through Space,’ by Lionel Shriver: An Excerpt Book Review, May 19

    An excerpt from “The Motion of the Body Through Space,” by Lionel Shriver

  143. How-To Books for an Age of Insecurity Real Estate, May 19

    Interested in learning how to knit your own socks, make cheese or grow medicinal herbs during your home quarantine? You’re not alone.

  144. You May Not Like Lionel Shriver’s Characters. That May Be the Point. Book Review, May 19

    In “The Motion of the Body Through Space,” a lifelong couch potato starts running, and trouble follows.

  145. For This Lesbian Romance, World War II Is Just One Complication Book Review, May 19

    Dola de Jong’s 1954 novel “The Tree and the Vine” is a portrait of two women dogged by issues too personal to be defined by political catastrophe.

  146. Before the Feminist Revolution, This ‘Messy Experiment’ Nurtured Female Talent Book Review, May 19

    “The Equivalents,” by Maggie Doherty, combines the story of a Radcliffe College institute to support creative women with that of the friendship forged by five early fellows.

  147. For Homeless Girl Scouts, It’s Not All Badges and Cookies Book Review, May 19

    Nikita Stewart’s article about Troop 6000 landed them on the front page. Her book should lead to a bigger conversation about their struggles.

  148. Locked in a Creative Struggle, With Rilke as Her Guide Book Review, May 19

    Kate Zambreno’s novel “Drifts” is an inquiry into the artist’s efforts to remain productive.

  149. In ‘Rodham,’ Curtis Sittenfeld Reimagines Hillary’s Life Book Review, May 19

    In this novel, an alternative biography of sorts, Hillary strides into the history books without Clinton at the end of her name.

  150. ‘The Chiffon Trenches,’ by André Leon Talley: An Excerpt Book Review, May 19

    An excerpt from “The Chiffon Trenches,” by André Leon Talley