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  1. Philip Pullman’s New ‘Dark Materials’ Book Brims With Familiar Delights Book Review, Today

    “Serpentine” — which features, once again, the unquenchably curious Lyra — juxtaposes light and dark, innocence and experience.

  2. ‘Everyone Needs a Buddy’ Book Review, Today

    In Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright’s graphic novel “Twins,” sisters navigate a sometimes cruel and changing world.

  3. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: A Book Brings a Black Hero to Life Book Review, Today

    “Becoming Muhammad Ali,” by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander, is a poetic retelling of the legendary boxer’s youth.

  4. ‘Square Dancing Belongs Somewhere Far Away … Like the 1800s’ Book Review, Today

    In “Lupe Wong Won’t Dance,” a seventh-grade girl who dreams of becoming a major-league pitcher is horrified by a new unit in gym class: square dancing.

  5. In Times of Crisis, Life-Affirming Picture Books Book Review, Today

    These new works from Tomi Ungerer, Sophie Blackall and Christian Robinson are realistic and — without being soppy — filled with hope.

  6. Without More Enforcement, Tax Evasion Will Spread Like a Virus Sunday Business, Yesterday

    The I.R.S. is on few people’s most-loved lists, yet the agency needs more money to enforce the tax code, an economist says.

  7. What Books Are Good for at the End of the World Book Review, Yesterday

    Heat source or zombie blocker, imagining how books might serve us well in the apocalypse

  8. A Writing Career Among Trailblazing Music Stars Books, Yesterday

    Peter Guralnick talks about “Looking to Get Lost,” and Alex Ross discusses “Wagnerism.”

  9. A Novel Follows Lives Scattered in the California Desert Book Review, Yesterday

    In “The Beforeland,” Corinna Vallianatos gives space and dignity to those plagued by their failures to launch.

  10. New in Paperback: ‘All Blood Runs Red’ and ‘Frankissstein’ Book Review, Yesterday

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  11. ‘Wagner’s Music is Bombastic and Boring’ and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, Yesterday

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  12. Dan Baum, Journalist, Author and Long-Form Tweeter, Dies at 64 Obits, October 29

    He was a Twitter pioneer in writing at length, 140 characters at a time, about losing his job at The New Yorker. He wrote an admired book on New Orleans.

  13. 12 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, October 29

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

  14. ‘There Are Tons of Brown Faces Missing’: Publishers Step Up Diversity Efforts Books, October 29

    The push in book publishing for more authors and workers of color hasn’t abated, and companies are increasingly making lasting changes to the way they do business.

  15. 16 New Books to Watch for in November Weekend, October 29

    Barack Obama’s memoir is landing. So is a biography of Adrienne Rich and buzzy fiction from Jo Nesbo, Nicole Krauss and Susie Yang.

  16. Steve Martin Likes Books in the ‘I Can’t Put This Down’ Genre Book Review, October 29

    “Bookstores could easily have only two sections, ‘Riveting’ and ‘Kinda Boring.’”

  17. Getting Lost Helped V.E. Schwab Find the Idea for Her 20th Book Book Review, October 29

    ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ took 10 years to write. The fantasy author describes the process as a ‘very, very long labor of love.’

  18. Four Wasted Years Thinking About Donald Trump Op Ed, October 29

    How this president invaded our brains and destroyed American culture.

  19. Who Is Miles Taylor? Washington, October 28

    A lifelong Republican and a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Taylor took a leave of absence from his job at Google this summer to campaign for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

  20. Miles Taylor, exfuncionario de Seguridad Nacional, revela que era ‘Anonymous’ en Español, October 28

    El exfuncionario, cuyas críticas al presidente Trump en un artículo de opinión en The New York Times, y en un libro posterior, sacudieron a Washington y enfurecieron a Trump, renunció al gobierno el año pasado y apoya a Joe Biden desde este verano.

  21. Diane di Prima, Poet of the Beat Era and Beyond, Dies at 86 Obits, October 28

    She traveled in the circles of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, a rare female voice in a male world, and went on to a long, prolific career in poetry.

  22. Using the Law to Fight Epidemics, for Better and Worse Books, October 28

    In “American Contagions,” John Fabian Witt writes about how jurisprudence has influenced public health, from promoting the social good to compounding existing inequalities.

  23. Shifting the Focus From Sylvia Plath’s Tragic Death to Her Brilliant Life Book Review, October 27

    “Red Comet,” a mammoth new biography by Heather Clark, aims to rescue the poet from the clichés that have dominated her afterlife and secure her status as a major American writer.

  24. Daniel Menaker, Book Editor Who Wrote With Wit, Dies at 79 Obits, October 27

    After 26 years at The New Yorker, he became chief editor at Random House, overseeing works by a raft of luminaries. He wrote a half-dozen well-received books of his own.

  25. Visions of New Worlds, Both Hopeful and Nightmarish Book Review, October 27

    A new Graphic Content column reviews three books that cover a gamut of world-building, from the lives of Syrian refugees to the friends of Pepe the Frog.

  26. An Expedition Deep Into an Underworld of Online Hate Book Review, October 27

    In “Culture Warlords,” Talia Lavin immerses herself among white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then tells us what she found.

  27. New & Noteworthy, From Joe Biden to a Rock Novel in Verse Book Review, October 27

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

  28. When a Kidnapping Ring Targeted New York’s Black Children Culture, October 27

    In “The Kidnapping Club,” Jonathan Daniel Wells describes the circle of slave catchers and police officers who terrorized New York’s Black population in the three decades before the Civil War.

  29. This Memoirist Got By With a Little Help From Strangers Book Review, October 27

    In “Group,” Christie Tate walks readers through an unusual therapeutic journey.

  30. When It Comes to Aging Parents, Information and Solidarity Are Key Book Review, October 27

    In her memoir, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Elizabeth Berg tells the story of her parents’ decline.

  31. In Bryan Washington’s ‘Memorial,’ a Young Gay Couple Is Divided by Race, Class and Culture Book Review, October 27

    A Japanese-American man abandons his Black boyfriend with his visiting mother in Houston. Conflicts and unexpected kinships ensue.

  32. Jess Walter’s New Novel Revisits a Turbulent Era Much Like Our Own Book Review, October 27

    In “The Cold Millions,” the author delves into the labor conflicts and street riots of the early 20th century.

  33. What Is Self Care Now, Anyway? Gender, October 26

    In her new novel, “Self Care,” the author Leigh Stein nods to both the narcissism and the paradox of #selfcare.

  34. The Strand Calls for Help, and Book Lovers Answer Books, October 26

    “It’s awkward because the track record for the ownership here is not great,” one customer said. “But it’s also an institution. My parents shopped here.”

  35. Some Advice About Ghosts and Ghosting, From a Paranormal Investigator Book Review, October 26

    In “Life With the Afterlife,” Amy Bruni reveals the lessons she’s learned helping ghosts and the people they visit.

  36. In Fiction, Martin Amis Summons His Literary Friends and Role Models Book Review, October 26

    “Inside Story,” a novel in a genre Amis calls “life-writing,” revisits the author’s relationships with Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens and others.

  37. Virginia Mollenkott, 88, Dies; Feminist Found Liberation in the Bible Obits, October 26

    A Christian evangelical who was shunned for her lesbianism, she became an influential scholar of the Bible, finding in it acceptance of L.G.B.T.Q. people.

  38. The Music Biographer Peter Guralnick’s New Book Covers Many Subjects — Including Himself Culture, October 26

    “Looking to Get Lost” features writing by the acclaimed biographer about Ray Charles, Merle Haggard and others, as well as about his own life and career.

  39. 2 New Books Answer Kids’ Pre-Election Questions Book Review, October 25

    A review in comics format helps inquisitive young citizens learn how we choose who runs our country.

  40. Using Humor as a Political Weapon Against Trump Letters, October 25

    Readers react to a column by Nicholas Kristof urging the use of mockery. Also: When writers feel constrained; immigration reform.

  41. The Essential Agatha Christie Book Review, October 25

    Whether you want to be scared, shocked or stumped, we will help you pick your poison. Strychnine-laced cocoa, anyone?

  42. En defensa del papel, el aula y la memoria en Español, October 25

    Por el bien común, sigamos privilegiando la docencia presencial, la lectura de libros físicos, la existencia de librerías, cines y otros contextos analógicos.

  43. Jack Reacher Works Alone. That Doesn’t Mean His Author Has To. Books, October 25

    With “The Sentinel,” the action-packed new Reacher novel, Lee Child collaborates with his younger brother, Andrew Child, who will take over the series from here.

  44. Hail the Supermoon And Howl at a Canine Costume Contest At Home, October 24

    (Or vice versa.) It’s Halloween week and treats abound, from oysters to ballet to a Sam Smith concert.

  45. What the Tumultuous Year 1968 Can Teach Us About Today Book Review, October 24

    The dangerous animosities of the past never went away, and have now re-emerged with new force.

  46. New in Paperback: ‘Me,’ ‘Border Wars’ and ‘Imaginary Friend’ Book Review, October 23

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  47. Pushed From the Clock Tower, Buried in the Yard Book Review, October 23

    In Marilyn Stasio’s new crime-fiction column, the bodies accumulate at a rather alarming rate.

  48. Tom Maschler, Bold British Publisher and Booker Prize Founder, Dies at 87 Obits, October 23

    He fostered the careers of more than a dozen Nobel laureates, including Gabriel García Márquez, Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing.

  49. Literary Inspiration for a Sad Covid Halloween at Home Book Review, October 23

    When all you’ve got is a blanket and a lot of snacks, you can become “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and other desperate moves.

  50. Real-Life Political Violence Fuels Fiction in ‘The Abstainer’ Books, October 23

    Ian McGuire talks about his new novel, and Elisabeth Egan discusses Romy Hausmann’s “Dear Child.”

  51. Letters to the Editor Book Review, October 23

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  52. How ‘Shuggie Bain’ Became This Year’s Breakout Debut Books, October 23

    Douglas Stuart, a fashion designer, started writing fiction on the side. Now his first book is up for the Booker Prize and the National Book Award.

  53. The Cautionary Tale of Adam Neumann and WeWork Book Review, October 23

    In “Billion Dollar Loser,” Reeves Wiedeman places the once exalted Silicon Valley founder in the context of contemporary capitalism.

  54. The Cautionary Tale of Adam Neumann and WeWork Book Review, October 23

    In “Billion Dollar Loser,” Reeves Wiedeman places the once exalted Silicon Valley founder in the context of contemporary capitalism.

  55. 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, October 22

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

  56. An Ex-Trump Insider Looks to Our Future With Russia and China Book Review, October 22

    The former national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s new book, “Battlegrounds,” examines recent foreign policy and charts a path forward.

  57. 5 Can’t-Miss Novels for Halloween Interactive, October 22

    If you’re on the hunt for a frightening read, these books will tingle the spines of thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike.

  58. Grim, Ghastly and Gruesome: New Horror Fiction Book Review, October 22

    Looking for a book that will scare the pants off you? We’ve got some suggestions.

  59. Martin Amis Is Committed to the Pleasure Principle in Books Book Review, October 22

    “In plainer terms, we read literature to have a good time.”

  60. Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Editor Starts Her Own Publishing Firm Books, October 22

    Molly Stern, the former publisher of Crown, is starting Zando, an independent publishing company with an unusual marketing strategy.

  61. Pete Buttigieg Dropped Out of the Presidential Race and Wrote a Best Seller Book Review, October 22

    In “Trust,” the wunderkind politician underscores the importance of what he calls “overlapping circles of belonging.”

  62. The Golden Age of Egyptology Was Also a Time of Plunder Book Review, October 22

    In “A World Beneath the Sands,” Toby Wilkinson details the hundred years when many of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt were made, by Europeans.

  63. Surprising Census Results in N.Y.C. Metro, October 21

    The self-response rate was higher than predicted, equaling the 2010 count despite what the mayor called “so many more challenges in the way.” 

  64. 50 States, 50 Scares Book Review, October 21

    Before you pick up one of these hair-raising, shiver-inducing novels, you’re going to want to close the curtains and check the locks (twice).

  65. ‘I Came From Nothing’: An Undocumented Writer Defies the Odds Books, October 21

    Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a National Book Award finalist for “The Undocumented Americans,” talks immigration, her unconventional approach to nonfiction and why impostor syndrome doesn’t faze her.

  66. ‘Billion Dollar Loser’ Recounts WeWork’s Big Dreams and Its Harsh Wake-Up Call Books, October 21

    Reeves Wiedeman writes about the WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann and what the company represents about the last decade.

  67. New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Extraordinary Women to Van Gogh’s Letters Book Review, October 20

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

  68. Martin Amis Offers the ‘Inside Story’ of His Relationships With Three Famous Writers Culture, October 20

    Amis’s new book is a “novelized autobiography” in which he writes warmly and familiarly about Philip Larkin, Saul Bellow and Christopher Hitchens.

  69. In Don DeLillo’s New Novel, Technology Is Dead. Civilization Might Be, Too. Books, October 20

    “The Silence” invites readers to consider whether the connected life has left us more disconnected than ever.

  70. The Pious French Poet Who Palled Around With Picasso and Apollinaire Book Review, October 20

    In “Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters,” Rosanna Warren retraces the colorful history of a now largely forgotten figure of French modernism who was surrounded by famous friends.

  71. The Organization System That Changed the World? It’s Thousands of Years Old Book Review, October 20

    In “A Place for Everything,” Judith Flanders, a British social historian, traces the revolutionary history of alphabetical order.

  72. Celebrating Strange Faces, Gorgeous Sentences and Circular Prose Book Review, October 20

    Brilliant new essay collections from Namwali Serpell, Brian Dillon and Daniel Mendelsohn.

  73. Yes, Books Were Bound in Human Skin. An Intrepid Librarian Finds the Proof. Book Review, October 20

    “Dark Archives,” by Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian at U.C.L.A., traces the history of the controversial practice and considers what we should do with such books today.

  74. The Encroachment of the Unsayable Op Ed, October 19

    Our compromised liberalism has left a generation of writers weighing their words in fear.

  75. Festival Cancels Abu Dhabi Event After Allegations of Sexual Assault Foreign, October 19

    An employee of the Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi said she was accosted by the tolerance minister of the U.A.E. earlier this year.

  76. A New Life of Malcolm X Brimming With Detail, Insight and Feeling Book Review, October 19

    Thirty years in the making, “The Dead Are Arising,” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne, sharpens our understanding of the Black activist and thinker whose influence continues to reverberate.

  77. Richard Avedon, a Photographer Who Wanted to Outrun the Glitz Factor Culture, October 19

    Philip Gefter’s new biography, “What Becomes a Legend Most,” argues for Avedon’s place as one of the 20th century’s most consequential artists.

  78. The Improbable, Slightly Surreal Plan to Save Fashion’s Printed Matter Styles, October 19

    The new International Library for Fashion Research in Oslo, the brainchild of a fashion odd couple, has very big ambitions.

  79. A Mysterious Autograph Hound’s Book Is Up for Auction Culture, October 18

    With Mary Todd Lincoln, Mark Twain and even Oscar Wilde, a mystery remains: How did Lafayette Cornwell get all these people to autograph his book?

  80. What Bryan Washington Is Cooking Culture, October 18

    His literary interests include Houston, Osaka, food and the transitory periods in personal relationships. In his debut novel, “Memorial,” he documents all four.

  81. Become a Dessert Person and Face the Haunts in Edith Wharton’s Home At Home, October 17

    Listen to the audio play ‘Shipwreck,’ bake some madeleines with Sur La Table and make dinosaur-shadow puppets.

  82. Title Basin’ Games, October 17

    Go with the flow on this Miriam Estrin construction.

  83. The Comforts of Clutter Styles, October 17

    Objects saved and accumulated can be a balm for uncertain times.

  84. Trick or Treat: It’s Mom and Dad! Book Review, October 17

    The world’s worst parents come back to haunt us, in Lois Lowry’s “The Willoughbys Return.”

  85. Invasion of the Memory Snatchers Book Review, October 17

    In Kory Merritt’s “No Place for Monsters,” an invisible force is snatching kids in the night, erasing them not only from their beds but from everyone else’s memory.

  86. Overlooked No More: Eleanor Flexner, Pioneering Feminist in an Anti-Feminist Age Obits, October 16

    “Century of Struggle,” her 1959 history of the women’s rights movement, uncovered previously ignored narratives, like the contributions of African-American women.

  87. Ruth Kluger, Author of a Haunting Holocaust Memoir, Dies at 88 Obits, October 16

    Her “Still Alive” was an unforgiving view of anti-Semitism in Vienna and a feminist window on the war and the world beyond.

  88. The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance Book Review, October 16

    Two new books, David H. Rundell’s “Vision or Mirage” and Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s “Blood and Oil,” offer insights into an enigmatic country.

  89. The Ottoman Empire’s Influence on the Present Day Books, October 16

    Alan Mikhail talks about “God’s Shadow,” and Benjamin Lorr discusses “The Secret Life of Groceries.”

  90. Coffee Time for Zora and Fannie, Before the Harlem Renaissance Book Review, October 16

    Early in her career, Zora Neale Hurston made a connection with the best-selling novelist Fannie Hurst — an alliance that would shape her own writing life.

  91. Upper West Side Story: The Dazzling Rise of Richard Avedon Book Review, October 16

    Philip Gefter’s biography, “What Becomes a Legend Most,” follows the career of one of the 20th century’s most successful photographers.

  92. New in Paperback: ‘Ninth House’ and ‘Birth of a Dream Weaver’ Book Review, October 16

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  93. Letters to the Editor Book Review, October 16

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  94. 9 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, October 15

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

  95. Just Like You, Claire Messud Never Read ‘A Brief History of Time’ Books, October 15

    “I bought it because everyone else did, I guess.”

  96. A Mother Takes Readers on a Journey With Her Autistic Son Book Review, October 15

    Amy S.F. Lutz asks difficult questions in “We Walk.”

  97. Marie Lu’s Audience Is the Wind Beneath Her Best-Selling Wings Book Review, October 15

    In a world ripped from one of her novels, the young adult author draws strength from activist fans.

  98. ‘Plain Bad Heroines’ Is a New Kind of Lesbian Fiction Book Review, October 15

    In her adult debut, Emily M. Danforth revisits Mary MacLane’s controversial 1902 confessional diary, with a contemporary Hollywood twist.

  99. Your Local Bookstore Wants You to Know That It’s Struggling Books, October 15

    Independent booksellers are desperate for customers to return, and not just for an online reading.

  100. Rethinking Retirement Special Sections, October 15

    The days and nights and years could be long — if you’re lucky. Here are some tips to make them meaningful, too.

  101. Poem: A Letter From Never Before Magazine, October 15

    A haunting poem that grows intimate through one reaching-out voice.

  102. The Untold Technological Revolution Sweeping Through Rural China Book Review, October 15

    In “Blockchain Chicken Farm,” Xiaowei Wang documents how technology is transforming the lives of China’s rural poor.

  103. Is Math Too Tidy to Be Useful? Book Review, October 15

    In “Counting,” Deborah Stone argues that we shouldn’t put too much stock in numbers as a way to understand our lives.

  104. An Undercover Trip Into the Rageful Worlds of Incels and White Supremacists Books, October 14

    To research and write “Culture Warlords,” Talia Lavin created fake identities and interacted with far-right communities online.

  105. What We’re Reading When We’re Off Duty Interactive, October 14

    Here’s a look at what our colleagues from the Book Review and the Books desk are reading.

  106. Matthew McConaughey Wrote the Book on Matthew McConaughey Arts & Leisure, October 14

    In his memoir, “Greenlights,” the star of “Dazed and Confused” and “Dallas Buyers Club” shares lessons from a life in which he turned out all right, all right, all right.

  107. Dealmakers and Wanderers: New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review, October 14

    Recent releases include “The Midnight Bargain,” “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” and “Piranesi.”

  108. Justice Dept. Sues Ex-Aide Over Book About Melania Trump Washington, October 13

    The lawsuit was the third in recent months where the government has taken on a perceived foes of the White House.

  109. New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Jack Kerouac to Black Lives Matter Book Review, October 13

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

  110. More Plays, More Stars and More Women in Latest ‘Spotlight’ Series Culture, October 13

    The fall After criticism over gender parity, Pearl Cleage, Larissa FastHorse, Adrienne Kennedy and Sarah Ruhl will be featured in the spring.

  111. The Brexit Romance: Finding Love in Irreconcilable Times Book Review, October 13

    In “A Lover’s Discourse,” by Xiaolu Guo, and “Just Like You,” by Nick Hornby, characters couple up as Britain makes a break.

  112. Monica Roberts, Transgender Advocate and Journalist, Dies at 58 Obits, October 13

    Ms. Roberts started her blog, TransGriot, in 2006, at a time when coverage of transgender issues by the mainstream media was limited.

  113. The Problem of Wartime Guilt and Its Long Life Span Book Review, October 13

    In “The Wind Traveler,” by Alonso Cueto, a man haunted by a terrible act he committed as a soldier faces the fallout years later.

  114. ‘Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write,’ by Claire Messud: An Excerpt Book Review, October 13

    An excerpt from “Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write,” by Claire Messud

  115. ‘The Upswing,’ by Robert D. Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett: An Excerpt Book Review, October 13

    An excerpt from “The Upswing,” by Robert D. Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett

  116. ‘The Adventures of China Iron,’ by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara: An Excerpt Book Review, October 13

    An excerpt from “The Adventures of China Iron,” by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

  117. ‘150 Glimpses of the Beatles,’ by Craig Brown: An Excerpt Book Review, October 13

    An excerpt from “150 Glimpses of the Beatles,” by Craig Brown

  118. Ben Brantley on Shutting the Stage Door Behind Him Arts & Leisure, October 13

    After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times’s co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he’s (quietly) making an exit.

  119. Claire Messud Looks Back on Life, and the Art That Shaped Her Book Review, October 13

    In “Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write,” the longtime novelist explores her development as a writer.

  120. The Plight of the Aggrieved, Rich Manhattan Liberal Book Review, October 13

    David Leavitt’s novel “Shelter in Place” dissects the complaints of pampered New Yorkers wringing their hands at a country they no longer recognize.

  121. Against the White Picket Fence Book Review, October 13

    In “Brave New Home,” Diana Lind identifies the single-family home as the source of many social and economic problems.

  122. ‘What Tech Calls Thinking’ Might Really Be Something Else Book Review, October 13

    The new book by Adrian Daub, a Stanford professor of comparative literature, brings a skeptical eye to Silicon Valley mythology.

  123. In Shaping Her Own Story, She Upends a National Epic Book Review, October 13

    Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s novel “The Adventures of China Iron” spotlights a female character relegated to a bare mention in an Argentine classic.

  124. Coming Close to Nuclear Holocaust Book Review, October 13

    Martin J. Sherwin’s “Gambling With Armageddon” reveals how the United States and the Soviet Union nearly fought a nuclear war in 1962.

  125. The Secret Code That Threatened Nazi Fantasies of Racial Purity Book Review, October 13

    Martin Puchner’s “The Language of Thieves” recounts the history of Rotwelsch — a secret code used by vagabonds across Europe for centuries — and the efforts to stamp it out.

  126. Bill Maher Reviews ‘150 Glimpses of the Beatles’ Book Review, October 13

    Craig Brown follows up the best-selling “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret” with a book about John, Paul, George and Ringo.

  127. The D.I.Y. Way to Heal the Social Fabric: Don’t Do It Yourself Book Review, October 13

    Robert Putnam’s “The Upswing” looks at how America has shifted from common purpose to individualism, to the greater detriment.

  128. Is This a Good Time to Be Born? Comparatively Speaking, Yes Book Review, October 13

    In her new book about child mortality, Perri Klass explores the science.

  129. Was Churchill a Great Man? Book Review, October 13

    Two new books, Richard Toye’s “Winston Churchill: A Life in the News” and “The Churchill Myths,” by Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz and Toye, examine Churchill’s career and legacy.

  130. John Grisham Brings Back His Hero Jake Brigance for a Third Case Books, October 13

    In “A Time for Mercy,” the small-town Mississippi lawyer defends a teenager who killed his mother’s abusive boyfriend.

  131. Don DeLillo, an Old Hand at Paranoia and Dread, Meets Us Where We Are Books, October 12

    In “The Silence,” two wealthy couples watch the Super Bowl together as power grids mysteriously go down all over the world.

  132. Sauce Makers and Scoundrels: Four Hot Romance Novels Book Review, October 12

    New releases take you inside a Tang Dynasty palace, behind the scenes at a reality-TV set and into the fields of a 1970s British farm.

  133. We All Live in Don DeLillo's World. He's Confused by It Too. Interactive, October 12

    “Trying to understand can be somewhat self-enlightening, maybe in a self-deceptive way, but that’s helpful.”

  134. Long After the Bomb, Its Story Finds a New Audience Books, October 12

    “Hiroshima,” one of the first accounts of the devastation in Japan, was read nearly everywhere in the world except Russia. Nearly 75 years later, that is changing.

  135. Black and White and Living Color Book Review, October 11

    “The Talk” and “This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes” offer two very different approaches to helping children understand and confront bias.

  136. Training Tomorrow’s Newshounds Book Review, October 11

    Two new books about the press urge young people to leave their social media feeds and read reliable news and information from many different sources.

  137. 4 Podcasts That Go Bump in the Night At Home, October 10

    These shows are perfect for Halloween creeps and scares. Listen, if you dare.

  138. Teenagers in Turmoil Book Review, October 10

    Whether undead, unloved or unjustly incarcerated, these star-crossed young-adult protagonists face their demons.

  139. An Alternate Reality In Which Famous Writers Deal With Lockdown Book Review, October 9

    Imagining what authors, from Kerouac to Baldwin, might do if they couldn’t leave their homes.

  140. A Life of James Beard Stocked With Tasty Morsels Book Review, October 9

    “The Man Who Ate Too Much,” by John Birdsall, a food critic and former cook, offers a thoroughly researched, sensitive portrait of the man known as the “dean of American cookery.”

  141. Louise Penny’s Most Haunting Novel Yet Book Review, October 9

    In her crime fiction column, Marilyn Stasio weighs in on four new books, including the 16th Inspector Armand Gamache mystery.

  142. The Fate of Refugees After World War II Books, October 9

    David Nasaw talks about “The Last Million,” and Carlos Lozada discusses “What Were We Thinking.”

  143. Are Straight People OK? And Other Questions About Love and Sexuality Book Review, October 9

    Three new books explore the past, present and future of romantic partnership.

  144. 5 Books to Help Your Child Understand Columbus Day Interactive, October 9

    If you’re interested in talking to your kids about the explorer and his complicated legacy, these books offer a way into the conversation.

  145. New in Paperback: ‘Janis’ and ‘Grand Union’ Book Review, October 9

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  146. Examining the Fraught Subject of Guns and Police Book Review, October 9

    Three new books take very different angles in exploring a topic that is never far from today’s headlines.

  147. The Marshall Plan, Netflix and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, October 9

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  148. Reading All the Books on Nike, Déjà Vu Sets In Books, October 9

    “Win at All Costs” is the latest effort, following books like “Swoosh,” “Bowerman and the Men of Oregon” and “No Logo,” to better understand the company.

  149. 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, October 8

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

  150. ‘I Was Unprepared’: Louise Glück on Poetry, Aging and a Surprise Nobel Prize Books, October 8

    “It seemed to be extremely unlikely that I would ever have this particular event to deal with in my life.”