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  1. Sierra Teller Ornelas on the Roots of ‘Rutherford Falls’ Culture, Today

    The first Native American to run a TV comedy talked about creating the new series with Michael Schur and Ed Helms and about her long family history of storytelling.

  2. Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice Books, Today

    In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.

  3. The Magazine That Invented Street Style Styles, Today

    This is the origin story most people have never heard.

  4. What Made Our Species Unique: Walking Book Review, Today

    In “First Steps,” Jeremy DeSilva tells the evolutionary story of moving on two feet and how it shaped human development.

  5. The Historian Annette Gordon-Reed Gets Personal in ‘On Juneteenth’ Books, Today

    Gordon-Reed’s new book is a series of short, moving essays about her family’s history and about the end of legalized slavery in Texas.

  6. ‘Spite’ Looks on the Bright Side of a Dark Feeling Books, Yesterday

    The psychologist Simon McCarthy-Jones writes about the different varieties of spite, and argues that the emotion “can be a force for good,” if deployed strategically.

  7. Por qué estoy en desacuerdo con la lista de ‘mejores escritores’ de Granta en español en Español, Yesterday

    La selección tiene omisiones imperdonables y la presencia desproporcionada de los epicentros culturales de siempre. Si las listas literarias no son representativas: ¿siguen siendo relevantes?

  8. Want Your Kid to Learn Something New? Sign Yourself Up, Too. Parenting, Yesterday

    How taking on unfamiliar challenges alongside my daughter benefits us both.

  9. Where Every Coupling Depends on Lies, and Men Are Aliens Book Review, Yesterday

    Brace yourself for a hearty dose of fatalism in “Terminal Boredom,” a dystopian story collection by Izumi Suzuki.

  10. New & Noteworthy Poetry, From Sign Language to Robot Saints Book Review, Yesterday

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

  11. That Anxiety You’re Feeling? It’s a Habit You Can Unlearn. Op Ed, Yesterday

    An addiction psychiatrist’s counterintuitive approach to dealing with worry, craving and anxiety.

  12. A Magic-Filled Island Where Life’s Struggles Rage Book Review, Yesterday

    In her magical new novel, “Popisho,” Leone Ross transforms humanity’s worn-out suffering into something new and astonishing.

  13. Spanning Centuries and Continents, Novels of Our Common Humanity Book Review, Yesterday

    As much as cultures have changed over the years, we still share traits with the flawed, searching characters between these covers.

  14. ‘As Africans We Must Uplift Each Other’: A Memoir of Humanitarianism Book Review, Yesterday

    In “I Am a Girl From Africa,” the former U.N. adviser Elizabeth Nyamayaro retraces her life story from childhood starvation to NGOs.

  15. They Always Had Paris — So He Went Back There Without Her Book Review, Yesterday

    In Gregory Curtis’s memoir, he looks back on his marriage and the city that saved him after his wife died of cancer.

  16. A London Teeming With Bodies, Buildings, Desire and Greed Book Review, Yesterday

    The British author Fiona Mozley’s new novel, “Hot Stew,” features sex workers fighting an eviction order from a real-estate heiress and a host of other Londoners vying for control over their lives, careers and possessions.

  17. Richard Wright’s Newly Restored Novel Is a Tale for Today Book Review, Yesterday

    Some 80 years after Wright finished it, “The Man Who Lived Underground” is still an urgent chronicle of the Black experience in America.

  18. The Cant-Free Elegance of Jenny Diski’s Irresistible Mind Book Review, Yesterday

    “Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?,” by the British critic and novelist who died in 2016, features essays originally published in The London Review of Books that showcase her keen wit, incisive observations and intimate voice.

  19. Cuomo Faces Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book Metro, April 19

    The New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, is now the subject of four separate investigations into his behavior in office.

  20. Emotions Haunt a Man for Life in Cynthia Ozick’s Tragicomic ‘Antiquities’ Books, April 19

    In Ozick’s new novella, an elderly man recalls his alienation at a boarding school decades before and his friendship with a Jewish classmate.

  21. The Many Faces of Patricia Highsmith T Style, April 19

    As the subject of no fewer than three biographies since her death in 1995, the popular writer lived a complicated, if fascinating, life. What was she really like?

  22. The Essential Philip Roth Interactive, April 19

    Looking to read one of his books? Let us help.

  23. Brooklyn Man Finds New Life in Crime (Writing) Books, April 19

    Jonathan Ames, known for his confessional essays and TV shows like “Bored to Death,” tries his hand at a detective novel with “A Man Named Doll.”

  24. What Snoop Dogg’s Success Says About the Book Industry Books, April 18

    Will the shifts brought on by the pandemic, favoring online retailers over bookstores and established authors over new ones, change publishing forever?

  25. John Grisham Leaves the Courtroom for Basketball, and Sudan Sports, April 19

    Grisham has spent the past 30 years churning out legal thrillers, but the pandemic’s impact on college sports prompted him to shift his focus to a basketball novel called “Sooley.”

  26. Revisiting the Unusual Celebrity of Stephen Hawking Book Review, April 18

    In “Hawking Hawking,” Charles Seife offers a portrait of the famous theoretical physicist and tries to unpack his place in popular culture.

  27. ‘The Free World’ Explains How Culture Heated Up During the Cold War Culture, April 18

    Louis Menand’s new book about art and thought in the postwar years features a very large cast, including George Orwell, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag and the Beatles.

  28. Denis Donoghue, Humanist Literary Critic, Dies at 92 Obits, April 17

    He wrote prodigiously while teaching, first in Dublin and then in New York, and often clashed with critics he considered too political.

  29. When Her Mother Died, She Found Solace at a Korean Grocery Books, April 17

    Michelle Zauner, a musician who performs under the name Japanese Breakfast, is making her book debut with “Crying in H Mart.”

  30. When Harry Met Harry Book Review, April 17

    In Dan Gutman’s “Houdini and Me,” a boy named Harry who lives in Houdini’s old house is getting text messages from the long-dead magician’s ghost.

  31. Pseudonymous Bosch’s First Book Under His Real Name Book Review, April 17

    In “The Anti-Book,” Raphael Simon explores what happens when a bubble gum prize enables an angry boy to erase everything he hates about his life.

  32. The Daily: Who Is Really Winning in the Supreme Court? Podcasts, April 16

    We explore which faith groups are counting victories in recent rulings. Plus, 15 years of The Book Review Podcast.

  33. Book by Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor Is a New Test for Publishers Books, April 16

    Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting, has a book deal with a small press, but its distributor, Simon & Schuster, in an unusual move, said it won’t ship it.

  34. Celebrating 15 Years of the Podcast Books, April 16

    Pamela Paul, Sam Tanenhaus and others discuss what’s happened behind the scenes during 15 years of the podcast.

  35. 10 Memorable Conversations From 15 Years of the Book Review’s Podcast Books, April 16

    Talks with Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Reginald Dwayne Betts and others, from the eras of both the show’s hosts, Sam Tanenhaus and Pamela Paul.

  36. He’s an Artist. His Medium? Wings, Tails, Scales, Beaks and Claws. Book Review, April 16

    Our horror columnist looks at three new books, one of which is Polly Hall’s shudder-inducing debut, “The Taxidermist’s Lover.”

  37. Plant a Love of Nature in Your Kids Parenting, April 16

    This Earth Day, show kids they can find refuge in the outdoors.

  38. The Books That Led Her to Her Art Book Review, April 16

    A children’s book illustrator and author describes her path through classics like “Blueberries for Sal” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”

  39. Nature and Nurture: 8 Picture Books for Earth Day Books, April 16

    Andrea Wang, Jason Chin, Travis Jonker, Grant Snider, Juana Martinez-Neal, Corinna Luyken and more depict our symbiotic relationship with the environment.

  40. $40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams Culture, April 16

    The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

  41. Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast Culture, April 16

    The creators of “Zero,” including the co-writer Antonio Dikele Distefano, say they hope viewers enjoy it so much that the characters’ racial identity becomes irrelevant.

  42. Books About Racism and Police Violence Fill Out List of ‘Most Challenged’ Titles Express, April 16

    After a year dominated by protests against police killings of Black Americans, the books on the list of the most frequently challenged titles of 2020 reflected the movement — and the backlash to it.

  43. New in Paperback: ‘Until the End of Time’ and ‘Warhol’ Book Review, April 16

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  44. How Has Amazon Affected America? And Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, April 16

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  45. The Twists and Turns of Black History Book Review, April 16

    In different ways, three new books guide readers through the long struggle for equal rights.

  46. Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’ Op Ed, April 16

    The psychologist Alison Gopnik and Ezra Klein discuss what children can teach adults about learning, consciousness and play.

  47. New Books on the Brain and What It Can and Can’t Do Book Review, April 16

    From “Useful Delusions,” by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler, about why lying to ourselves can be good, to Adam Grant’s “Think Again,” about how we can reset our preconceived notions.

  48. Simon & Schuster Says It Won’t Distribute Book by Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor Express, April 15

    Plans by Post Hill Press to publish the book, written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, have drawn sharp criticism.

  49. Wisdom Isn’t What You Think It Is Op Ed, April 15

    It’s more about listening than talking.

  50. Carol Prisant, Elegant Design Writer, Dies at 82 Obits, April 15

    She was a 51-year old former antiques dealer with no experience as a writer when she wrote to the editor of The World of Interiors magazine about a job. She was hired.

  51. Giancarlo DiTrapano, Defiantly Independent Book Publisher, Dies at 47 Obits, April 15

    Mr. DiTrapano championed avant-garde work and relished taking chances on young, untested authors. His Tyrant Books produced some unexpected hits.

  52. 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, April 15

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

  53. 15 Years of Giving Authors the Mic Summary, April 15

    ‘The Book Review’ podcast began as a brief show with a rebellious touch. It became a forum for some of the biggest names in literature.

  54. A New York Intellectual Bastion Finds a New Home Culture, April 15

    The New York Institute for the Humanities, founded in 1977 as a venue for cross-disciplinary conversation, is moving to the New York Public Library.

  55. How Jeff VanderMeer Prevents Writer’s Block Book Review, April 15

    “I get superstitious. I once had a book sent to me that was disrupting my ability to write a novel because of a superficial similarity between the two. I took that book and dug a hole and buried it deep in the backyard.”

  56. Gabriela Garcia Remembers the Women Who Helped Make Her a Best Seller Book Review, April 15

    “Of Women and Salt” is a novel about sisters and mothers — and its author is an expert on these subjects.

  57. The Books That Made Me: 8 Writers on Their Literary Inspirations Book Review, April 15

    In decades past, the Book Review occasionally asked young authors about their biggest influences. For our 125th anniversary, we put the question to a new generation.

  58. A Family, and a Nation Under Apartheid, Tears at the Seams Book Review, April 15

    “The Promise,” Damon Galgut’s latest novel, is a portrait of pain and change in South Africa.

  59. A Lofty Love Story, With All of the Expected Twists Book Review, April 15

    Keiichiro Hirano’s “At the End of the Matinee” follows the star-crossed love story between a classical musician and a renowned reporter.

  60. Biden Chooses Mournful Words to End a Long Mission Books, April 14

    The president’s rhetoric on Wednesday in announcing the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan was steeped in exasperation and grief.

  61. Frank Jacobs, Mad Magazine Writer With a Lyrical Touch, Dies at 91 Obits, April 14

    He deftly mocked pop culture, politics and more for 57 years. He also wrote new lyrics for familiar songs, which led to a lawsuit from Irving Berlin and others.

  62. John Naisbitt, Business Guru and Author of ‘Megatrends,’ Dies at 92 Obits, April 14

    His book, published in 1982 amid a brutal recession, foretold of a bountiful postindustrial information economy. He was half right.

  63. The Brief, Brilliant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry Culture, April 14

    Soyica Diggs Colbert’s “Radical Vision” situates the playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun” as a writer who offered “a road map to negotiate Black suffering in the past and present.”

  64. Former Condé Nast Editor Plans a Vanity Fair for the Substack Era Business, April 14

    A new publication from a Vanity Fair veteran aims to attract writers with a revenue-sharing plan. The project has private equity backing.

  65. 5 Poets to Help You Love Poetry Interactive, April 14

    Even if you think you’re poetry-averse, these writers may change your mind.

  66. Miami Outdoor Theater Hit Announces a New York Arrival Culture, April 14

    “The Seven Deadly Sins,” a theatrical anthology series, will start off on June 23 at a series of storefront windows in the Meatpacking District.

  67. Decades After His Death, Richard Wright Has a New Book Out Books, April 14

    “The Man Who Lived Underground,” a novel publishers rejected in the 1940s, is about an innocent Black man forced to confess to the murder of a white couple.

  68. The Long History of Those Who Fought to Save the Animals Book Review, April 14

    In “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis tells the stories of the men and women who have fought to rescue endangered animals from extinction.

  69. 15 Favorite Episodes as the Book Review Podcast Turns 15 Books, April 14

    Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, highlights memorable episodes from her eight years hosting the show, including conversations with Robert Caro, Isabel Wilkerson, James McBride and others.

  70. One Man’s Attempt to Solve a Mystery at the Top of Mount Everest Book Review, April 13

    In “The Third Pole,” the author and adventurer Mark Synnott documents his attempt to find the lost body of a 1924 explorer.

  71. Bolu Babalola’s Stories Reset the Idea of Who Sees and Who Is Seen Book Review, April 13

    In Babalola’s debut collection, “Love in Color,” the knight in shining armor doesn’t necessarily wield a blade, but instead, the ability to see.

  72. How Do You Write an Anthony Bourdain Book Without Anthony Bourdain? Culture, April 13

    After the author and TV personality’s death, his longtime assistant was left to finish his last book, a world travel guide.

  73. New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Patents to Modern Art in Iran Book Review, April 13

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

  74. ‘Early Morning Riser,’ by Katherine Heiny: An Excerpt Book Review, April 13

    An excerpt from “Early Morning Riser,” by Katherine Heiny

  75. ‘Under the Wave at Waimea,’ by Paul Theroux: An Excerpt Book Review, April 13

    An excerpt from “Under the Wave at Waimea,” by Paul Theroux

  76. Missing Girls and a Bit of Mysticism, in Paula McLain’s Debut Thriller Book Review, April 13

    In “When the Stars Go Dark,” the author of “The Paris Wife” tries her hand at a new genre.

  77. Why, Despite Everything, You Should Have Kids (if You Want Them) Op Ed, April 13

    In a time of Covid-19, climate change and catastrophe, having a baby is an act of radical hope.

  78. An Old Man’s Youthful Fascinations Animate Cynthia Ozick’s New Novel Book Review, April 13

    The protagonist of the author’s latest work, “Antiquities,” recounts his obsession with Egyptian artifacts and his boyhood friendship with an unusual classmate.

  79. ‘Love Made You Black’: Gazes of Desire and Despair in a New Novel Book Review, April 13

    Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut, “Open Water,” sets a romance between 20-somethings against the backdrop of racial oppression in southeast London.

  80. On the Run From the Nazis, Taking Train After Train Book Review, April 13

    Written in the wake of Kristallnacht, “The Passenger,” a novel by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, follows a Jewish man in an increasingly hostile world.

  81. Paul Theroux’s New Novel Takes On Life’s Crashing Waves Book Review, April 13

    “Under the Wave at Waimea” follows a former surfer through a reflective and ultimately transformative period.

  82. Voyages of Hope and Anguish: New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review, April 13

    “The Memory Theater,” “On Fragile Waves” and “Victories Greater Than Death” take readers tumbling through realms and ever stranger stories.

  83. Patrick Radden Keefe Lays Bare a Drug Crisis Fueled by Family Greed Book Review, April 13

    “Empire of Pain,” by the New Yorker staff writer, is a deeply reported chronicle of the Sackler family and the highly addictive painkiller it marketed — at great profit and with disastrous results for the public.

  84. When Someone Says ‘Everything Is Fine,’ It Usually Isn’t Book Review, April 13

    In this dark family memoir, Vince Granata recalls the afternoon his brother killed his mother.

  85. The City That Won’t Shut Up Fills Two New Books With Its Babble Book Review, April 13

    “New Yorkers,” an oral history by Craig Taylor, and “Names of New York,” Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s chronicle of street names, capture the dizzying variety and fluidity of the city’s stories.

  86. The Secret of Ongoingness, in a Novel About a Retirement Home Book Review, April 13

    In “Aviary,” by Deirdre McNamer, a fire at a senior living facility reveals the entangled lives of its inhabitants.

  87. And Now, a Case for the Ordinary Book Review, April 13

    Maria Kuznetsova’s novel “Something Unbelievable” shows how unspectacular moments can transcend their confines, how spectacular the ordinary can be.

  88. The Women of NPR, When NPR Was a Start-Up Book Review, April 13

    Lisa Napoli’s “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” follows four reporters who helped make the scrappy nonprofit into an American institution.

  89. Katherine Heiny Shows Readers How to Pay Attention to the Little Things Book Review, April 13

    “Early Morning Riser” is a small-town story with meaningful ramifications.

  90. The 15th-Century Wool Worker’s Son Who Made Books for Princes and Popes Book Review, April 13

    “The Bookseller of Florence,” by Ross King, tells the history of Renaissance bookmaking through the story of Vespasiano da Bisticci, who rose from humble roots to dominate the trade.

  91. Clarice Lispector’s Lessons in Being Human Book Review, April 13

    “An Apprenticeship” is a love story between a schoolteacher and a professor. But it’s also a kind of spiritual treatise.

  92. Your Success Probably Didn’t Come From Merit Alone Op Ed, April 13

    A wide-ranging discussion with Tressie McMillan Cottom, one of America’s sharpest contemporary cultural critics.

  93. Mezcal’s the Thing in a New Cocktail Book Dining, April 12

    Robert Simonson offers up scores of recipes for the Mexican spirit, and its cousin, tequila, in his latest book.

  94. How Do You Rebound From Tragedy? Begin by Welcoming the Future Book Review, April 12

    In JoAnne Tompkins’s debut novel, “What Comes After,” a town reeling from unimaginable loss opens its doors to a pregnant stranger.

  95. How Friendship Helps Us Transcend Ourselves T Style, April 12

    With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world is challenged and transformed.

  96. School Friends T Style, April 12

  97. When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry Well, April 12

    “This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

  98. When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry Well, April 12

    “This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

  99. Prime Cuts From Jenny Diski’s Catalog of Intimate, Witty Essays Books, April 12

    “Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?” collects a few dozen of Diski’s best pieces for the London Review of Books.

  100. Don’t Mistake Silent Endurance for Resilience Special Sections, April 12

    In powering through discomfort, I became inured to it — until I figured out how to acknowledge what I actually wanted.

  101. It Doesn’t Take Genius to Understand Basketball. But It Helps. Sports, April 12

    For his book, “How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius,” Nick Greene spoke to the best in ballet, magic and astrophysics for a fresh perspective on the sport.

  102. Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack Business, April 11

    A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.

  103. The Sunday Read: ‘The Ghost Writer’ Podcasts, April 11

    Philip Roth was his own favorite subject. What’s left for a biographer?

  104. A Once-in-a-Century Crisis Can Help Educate Doctors Op Ed, April 10

    The horrors of Covid-19 may give proponents of the liberal arts an unexpected opening.

  105. This Heroin-Using Professor Wants to Change How We Think About Drugs Metropolitan, April 10

    Prof. Carl Hart saw drugs as destroyers of communities. Then he saw the positive side. “We have miseducated the public,” he said.

  106. Peter Manso, Biographer of Brando and Mailer, Dies at 80 Obits, April 9

    His relationship with his subjects and critics could be tempestuous. His interview with Mayor Edward I. Koch for Playboy may have cost Koch the governorship

  107. Writer’s Best Friend Interactive, April 9

    On National Pet Day, we look at some of our most famous authors and the furry companions — dogs, cats and even goats — who offered them inspiration.

  108. Blake Bailey on Writing His Life of Philip Roth Books, April 9

    Bailey talks about his new biography, and Julia Sweig discusses “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight.”

  109. How to Resolve a Conflict When You Hate Your Opponent’s Guts Book Review, April 9

    Amanda Ripley’s “High Conflict” explores the kind of disputes that are so bad they feel existential — and how to get out of them.

  110. They Hooked Up at Her Bachelorette Party. Now He’s Stalking Her. Book Review, April 9

    Our thriller columnist weighs in on Peter Swanson’s “Every Vow You Break” and two other thoroughly unsettling new novels.

  111. Jon Klassen Meets Samuel Beckett in a Hilariously Dark Picture Book Book Review, April 9

    The three animals in “The Rock From the Sky” could fit easily into “Waiting for Godot.” They’re waiting. They’re alienated. They wear hats.

  112. Rachel Kushner Remembers Her Hard-Rocking Friends, Many of Whom Are Gone Book Review, April 9

    Kushner’s latest book, “The Hard Crowd,” contains essays written over the past 20 years.

  113. In ‘Empire of Pain,’ the American Dynasty Behind OxyContin Books, April 9

    Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book is about the Sacklers, the family whose company created the powerful painkiller that ushered in a new era of both pain management and opioid addiction.

  114. New in Paperback: ‘Exciting Times’ and ‘Leave Only Footprints’ Book Review, April 9

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  115. Landing in California, Remembering Tolstoy and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, April 9

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  116. Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost Book Review, April 9

    In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.

  117. Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74 Obits, April 8

    Often writing with Rosie Shuster, she created memorable sketches in the show’s early years, including ones involving those nerds Lisa and Todd.

  118. The Divided Mind and Politics of John Boehner Book Review, April 8

    “On the House” is an anecdote-rich memoir by the former speaker of the House that fails to give readers the whole picture.

  119. Do Patricia Highsmith Novels Make Good Films? T Style, April 8

    The author’s oeuvre has long been the subject of cinematic preoccupation, inspiring over 20 screen adaptations and counting. Here, a close read of four of the best and worst of them.

  120. 40 Acres and a Movie Podcasts, April 8

    Disney can’t change its problematic past. But can it make a new future with Marvel?

  121. 11 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, April 8

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

  122. A Single Ohio Hospital Reveals All That’s Wrong With American Health Care Book Review, April 8

    In Brian Alexander’s “The Hospital,” an intimate portrait of a small hospital in Bryan, Ohio.

  123. Learning How to Invest From the Pros Sunday Business, April 8

    A new book argues that you can become better at investing by borrowing ideas from those who do it best.

  124. For Him, the Delight Is in the Digging Books, April 8

    Patrick Radden Keefe has investigated human smuggling, government espionage and the Northern Ireland conflict. With “Empire of Pain,” he takes on the Sackler family and the opioid crisis.

  125. ‘The Writing Hasn’t Changed’: Amanda Gorman on Life Post-Inauguration Book Review, April 8

    Her poem “The Hill We Climb” is now a commemorative hardcover edition.

  126. Double the Trouble in a Novel of Hollywood Marriages Book Review, April 8

    In “Good Company,” Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney explores the long friendship and occasional secrets of two couples.

  127. Jewish Prayer Books: Old, New and Relevant Letters, April 7

    A chance finding in a flea market, and new books for new times. Also: The American birthrate.

  128. A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World Book Review, April 7

    As a child, the novelist found consolation in books that embraced American rugged individualism and the Korean quest for knowledge. Those same books showed her how to honor the stories of the people she grew up with.

  129. How Integration Came to the American League, in Cleveland’s Glory Days Culture, April 7

    Luke Epplin talks about “Our Team,” which recounts the Cleveland Indians’ seasons of 1947 and 1948, including Larry Doby becoming the first Black player in the American League.

  130. Richard Thompson on Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson and London in the Late ’60s Book Review, April 7

    In “Beeswing,” one of the great pioneers of folk-rock looks back on his early years.

  131. For Caleb Azumah Nelson, There’s Freedom in Feeling Seen Books, April 7

    In his debut novel, “Open Water,” the British-Ghanaian author incorporates images, scenes and the occasional Kendrick Lamar lyric to communicate what prose alone cannot.

  132. Linda Sue Park’s New Book of Poems Is Just a Drill Book Review, April 7

    It begins with a middle school teacher’s assignment to her class: “Imagine that your home is on fire. You’re allowed to save one thing.”

  133. ‘Blindness’ Review: Listening to the Sound of Theater Again Culture, April 6

    Stimulating and immersive — yet actor-free — this audio adaptation of the Saramago novel brings the terror of an epidemic into your ears.

  134. The Many Selves of Alfred Hitchcock, Phobias, Fetishes and All Culture, April 6

    In showing several different sides of the filmmaker, some of them contradictory, Edward White’s “The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock” captures him in full.

  135. Hans Küng, Catholic Theologian With a Powerful Critique, Dies at 93 Obits, April 6

    A prolific writer and a prominent speaker, he promoted dialogue among religions and challenged Vatican doctrine on many fronts, provoking its censure.

  136. Pick Your Poison: The Sweet, Sometimes Lethal Sides of Your Produce Book Review, April 6

    Kate Lebo’s “The Book of Difficult Fruit” extracts history — and personal memory — out of the plant kingdom.

  137. Harlem Is Gentrifying, but Black Women Still Have All the Power Book Review, April 6

    In Morgan Jerkins’s “Caul Baby,” one family has the life-giving medicine every childbearing woman needs.

  138. New & Noteworthy, From Nancy Reagan to the God Equation Book Review, April 6

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

  139. ‘Broken Horses: A Memoir,’ by Brandi Carlile: An Excerpt Book Review, April 6

    An excerpt from “Broken Horses: A Memoir,” by Brandi Carlile

  140. ‘Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism and Treason,’ by Gina Frangello: An Excerpt Book Review, April 6

    An excerpt from “Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism and Treason,” by Gina Frangello

  141. Imagining the Timeless Childhood of Beverly Cleary’s Portland Travel, April 6

    In the winter of 2019, a family traveled on a literary pilgrimage to the Oregon city that left its mark on the celebrated author’s imagination.

  142. A Rage-Fueled Memoir of a Marriage-Ending Affair Book Review, April 6

    In “Blow Your House Down,” Gina Frangello examines her experience of loss, lust, pain and longing with angry intensity.

  143. Helen Oyeyemi’s New Novel Is Not a Fairy Tale Book Review, April 6

    In “Peaces,” young lovers and their pet mongooses take a WesAnderson-style ride on a train to nowhere.

  144. Las Vegas, ‘the Most Honest City in America’ Book Review, April 6

    “Paradise, Nevada,” Dario Diofebi’s debut novel, follows four characters through the daily dramas of the desert city.

  145. Britain at the Turn of the 20th Century Was Dealing With a Lot, Badly Book Review, April 6

    Simon Heffer’s “The Age of Decadence” describes a society in ferment and a complacent ruling class.

  146. From Digging for Gold to Drinking It, in a Novel of American Striving Book Review, April 6

    The hero of Sanjena Sathian’s “Gold Diggers,” a son of Indian immigrants, finds a magical elixir to help him succeed.

  147. The Hazards of American Justice Book Review, April 6

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