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  1. In This New Caper Novel, a Yearbook Reveals Family Secrets Books, Today

    Elinor Lipman’s “Good Riddance” offers an up-to-the-minute look at a young woman’s life in Manhattan.

  2. Michelin Issues Its First Cuisine-Focused Guide Food, Today

    The guidebook covers Cantonese food in Asia, Europe and the United States.

  3. The Tumultuous Path From Emancipation to Segregation Books, Yesterday

    “Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey From Slavery to Segregation,” by Steve Luxenberg, is an elegant history of the mostly losing battle to protect the civil rights of newly freed black citizens.

  4. The Case for Covering Your Ears in Noisy Times Books, Yesterday

    Two new books, “How to Disappear,” by Akiko Busch, and “Silence,” by Jane Brox, explore the benefits of tuning out.

  5. ‘The Border’ Is a Stunning and Timely Conclusion to Don Winslow’s Drug-War Trilogy Books, February 17

    The third novel in this propulsive, violent series trains a fictional lens on some of today’s most pressing issues, including the opioid crisis and political corruption.

  6. The Week in Books Books, February 17

    A novel about the George W. Bush administration, Valeria Luiselli’s “Lost Children Archive,” a sneak peek at Ta-Nehisi Coates’s upcoming novel and more.

  7. In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump’s America Books, February 16

    This memoir by the former deputy director of the F.B.I. joins a roster of recent and alarming books by high-ranking members of the United States’ justice and intelligence communities.

  8. Betty Ballantine, Who Helped Introduce Paperbacks, Dies at 99 Obituaries, February 15

    As a publishing team, she and her husband, Ian, set out in 1939 “to change the reading habits of America,” and to a large extent they did.

  9. Patricia Nell Warren, Novelist of Gay Romance, Dies at 82 Obituaries, February 15

    Ms. Warren’s 1974 book, “The Front Runner,” portrayed a positive, open relationship between two men and sold millions of copies.

  10. Read Books by Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Other 2020 Presidential Candidates Books, February 15

    Politicians’ memoirs can give insight into their values.

  11. A Class in ‘Dreyer’s English’ Books, February 15

    Benjamin Dreyer talks about his best-selling guide to writing, and Thomas Mallon discusses “Landfall,” his new novel about the presidential administration of George W. Bush.

  12. In ‘The Next to Die,’ a Serial Killer Targets Pairs of Best Friends Books, February 15

    In Hannah’s new novel, the Culver Valley police force is searching for a killer who sends homemade books to prospective victims.

  13. New in Paperback: ‘Directorate S,’ ‘The Friend’ Books, February 15

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  14. ‘The Unwinding of the Miracle’ Is About How to Die — and Live Books, February 15

    Julie Yip-Williams, diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 37, couldn’t find a book that would help her prepare for death. So she decided to write one herself.

  15. Andrea Levy, Author Who Spoke for a Generation of Immigrants, Dies at 62 Obituaries, February 15

    Her books were praised for their witty, honest portraits of the immigrant experience, especially of those who moved to Britain from the West Indies after World War II.

  16. A Novel About the Life and Times of the Photographer Lee Miller Books, February 15

    Whitney Scharer’s “The Age of Light” tells the story of the journalist and model who was often overshadowed by her lover and collaborator Man Ray.

  17. Exploring Her Own Experience of Psychosis Books, February 15

    In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang unravels a long history of coming to terms with mental illness.

  18. 9 New Books We Recommend This Week Books, February 14

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

  19. How Wild Was Wild Bill Hickok? A Biographer Separates Life From Legend Books, February 14

    Tom Clavin’s “Wild Bill” details the life of a legendary gunfighter whose real name wasn’t even Bill.

  20. 52 Books for 52 Places Books, February 14

    Explore the cities, countries, regions and states in Travel’s “52 Places to Go in 2019” through these books.

  21. In Praise of Maurice Sendak Books, February 14

    “I’ve read the books many times to my own children, astonished at how much is in them for my grown-up self — about that growing-up process, and about the times I grew up in, too.”

  22. Arundhati Roy to Headline the 2019 PEN World Voices Festival Arts, February 14

    Dave Eggers, Joyce Carol Oates and others will also take part in the festival, whose theme is the narrowing gap between public and private life.

  23. ‘Why Have a Large Library and Not Use It?’ Janet Malcolm: By the Book Books, February 14

    The journalist, whose new book is “Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays,” read indiscriminately in her youth: “Bookish children are not critics. They just like to read.”

  24. Dancing to Jane Austen’s Beat Arts, February 14

    An annual celebration, this year attended by some 300 costumed revelers, is one of the regular events around the country that unite both the novelist’s hard-core fans and period dance enthusiasts.

  25. Phoebe Waller-Bridge Will Make You Laugh So Hard It Hurts Theater, February 14

    The writer-actress behind the wild, disorienting comedy of “Fleabag” and “Killing Eve” is bringing her sneak-attack humor to New York.

  26. Becoming Podcasts, February 14

    We read Michelle Obama’s memoir.

  27. The First Lady Who Begat Phyllis Schlafly, Nancy Reagan and Ivanka Trump? Books, February 14

    In Amy Greenberg’s “Lady First,” Sarah Polk — the wife of President James K. Polk — emerges as a powerful strategist who wielded her status with a velvet vengeance.

  28. Sweden Investigates Its Ambassador to China After Report of Secret Talks to Free Publisher World, February 14

    The daughter of Gui Minhai, a Swedish bookseller detained in China, said the ambassador arranged a meeting with men who first offered to help, then cajoled and pressured her.

  29. Dan Mallory, 2 Starkly Similar Novels and the Puzzle of Plagiarism Books, February 14

    Readers have noticed an overlap between “The Woman in the Window,” by A.J. Finn — a pen name for Dan Mallory — and Sarah A. Denzil’s “Saving April.”

  30. Discussion Questions for ‘The Wife’ Books, February 13

    Meg Wolitzer’s novel is our February pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”

  31. Overlooked No More: Dudley Randall, Whose Broadside Press Gave a Voice to Black Poets Obituaries, February 13

    Randall, a poet and librarian, started the press out of his home, eventually publishing the work of about 200 writers amid Detroit’s flowering Black Arts Movement.

  32. How the Parkland Shooting Led to a Generation’s Political Awakening Books, February 13

    In his book “Parkland,” Dave Cullen follows the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on their quest to change gun laws and heal themselves.

  33. Run-DMC, Aerosmith and the Song That Changed Everything Books, February 13

    In “Walk This Way,” the reporter Geoff Edgers tells the story of a crucial moment in the history of pop music.

  34. ‘How to Hide an Empire’ Shines Light on America’s Expansionist Side Books, February 13

    Daniel Immerwahr’s provocative and absorbing history draws attention to those islands and archipelagos too often sidelined in the national imagination.

  35. Inside Five of the Season’s Most Anticipated Books T Magazine, February 13

    We asked the artists Scott and Tyson Reeder to envision what happens on page 76 of four novels and one collection of poetry.

  36. Books for Broken Hearts Books, February 13

    Feeling like you’ve kissed too many frogs? Given up on love altogether? These books might provide some escape this Valentine’s Day.

  37. In This Ingenious Satire, a Father Goes to Extremes to Protect His Son From Racism Books, February 13

    “We Cast a Shadow,” a first novel by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, is a hilarious and profound meditation on racial bias, and how it warps our capacity for love.

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  39. Book Agent in the Morning, Carpenter in the Afternoon T Magazine, February 12

    Edward Orloff represents a roster of buzzy writers, but he also builds bookshelves for some of New York’s biggest literary stars.

  40. Heidi Toffler, Unsung Force Behind Futurist Books, Dies at 89 Obituaries, February 12

    With her husband, Alvin Toffler, she was half of a team that produced global best-sellers, including “Future Shock.” Recognition was belated.

  41. A Dark Fairy Tale of American Oddballs and Candlepin Bowling Books, February 12

    “Bowlaway,” Elizabeth McCracken’s first novel in 18 years, is a family saga, a burlesque chronicle of eccentrics and a fractured, fanciful fable.

  42. New & Noteworthy Books, February 12

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

  43. ‘Leading Men,’ a Novel About Tennessee Williams and His Lover, Casts a Spell From the Start Books, February 12

    Christopher Castellani’s latest vividly reimagines the relationship between Williams and Frank Merlo, and offers intricate thoughts about the nature of fidelity, the artistic impulse and estrangement.

  44. Get a First Look at the Cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Forthcoming Novel Books, February 12

    “The Water Dancer,” out in September, is about an enslaved man whose life is altered by a near-death experience.

  45. Five Essay Collections by Women of Color Books, February 12

    Urgent new reading on the subjects of race and gender disparities in America.

  46. Curious About the Missing Princess? 3 Books Detail the Lives of Middle Eastern Women Books, February 11

    These writers describe a region where women can encounter great privilege and fierce repression at the same time.

  47. C.Y. Lee, ‘Flower Drum Song’ Author, Is Dead at 102 Obituaries, February 11

    His novel of generational and cultural conflict among Chinese immigrants became a hit Broadway musical and then a film that earned five Oscar nominations.

  48. Tomi Ungerer, Brash Illustrator for Young and Older, Dies at 87 Obituaries, February 11

    His children’s books brought a refreshing jolt to the genre, but his erotica made him an outcast in some circles.

  49. Cliff Sims, White House Tell-All Author, Sues Trump for Going After Him Over Book U.S., February 11

    Mr. Sims, a former White House communications aide, is alleging that the president used his campaign organization as a “cutout” to improperly punish former employees.

  50. Valeria Luiselli’s Latest Novel Is a Mold-Breaking New Classic Books, February 11

    In “Lost Children Archive,” an unhappily married couple set out on a road trip, with their two young children, to visit the ancestral homeland of the Apaches in Arizona.

  51. A Grieving Woman’s Eloquent Homage to Virginia Woolf Books, February 11

    In “All the Lives We Ever Lived,” Katharine Smyth revisits “To the Lighthouse” for comfort and insight after the death of her father.

  52. Nancy B. Reich, Scholarly Champion of Clara Schumann, Dies at 94 Obituaries, February 11

    Her research raised the profile of a composer too often overshadowed by her husband and established her as a major figure of German Romanticism.

  53. A Comic Novel About the George W. Bush No One Knows Books, February 11

    Thomas Mallon’s “Landfall” imagines the goings-on inside the Bush White House.

  54. An Encyclopedic Novel Intent on Reliving the Baby Boomers’ Touchstone Moments. All of Them. Books, February 10

    David Bowman’s posthumously published “Big Bang” travels from 1950 to 1963, and includes appearances by nearly every boldface name of the era.

  55. Make Me a Cold and Pitiless Goddess Opinion, February 9

    I don’t want to focus on how rape changed me. I want to focus on changing rape culture.

  56. America’s War of Stories Opinion, February 9

    Despite everything, I cling to the dumb, idealistic conviction that every contradictory truth adds up to create a larger, truer picture of the world.

  57. Mapping Oliver Jeffers’s World Books, February 9

    In his studio in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, he brings together his work as a fine artist and as an illustrator.

  58. Jan Wahl, Children’s Writer Who Attracted Top Artists, Dies at 87 Obituaries, February 8

    Mr. Wahl published more than 100 lucidly written books, some illustrated by the likes of Maurice Sendak, Norman Rockwell and Edward Gorey.

  59. Is Everyone in Washington Writing a Political Tell-All? Books, February 8

    Two more books by former members of President Trump’s administration hit the best-seller list this week.

  60. Islands Helped Penguins Evolve. Then Hungry Humans Showed Up. Science, February 8

    The discovery of two extinct penguin subspecies in New Zealand is a cautionary tale of the threats faced by the waddling birds in the wild.

  61. Marlon James Talks About His Epic New Trilogy Books, February 8

    James discusses “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” and Stephanie Land talks about “Maid.”

  62. Where Books Meet Black Mecca Books, February 8

    A bookstore in Atlanta where half of the books aren’t for sale?

  63. Liana Finck’s Illustrated Tribute to Isak Dinesen Books, February 8

    “Seven Gothic Tales,” like the biography of the Danish author herself, provides the perfect anti-romance for this Valentine’s Day.

  64. New in Paperback: ‘Force of Nature,’ ‘Feel Free’ Books, February 8

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  65. Revisiting Marlon James’s Debut Novel, ‘John Crow’s Devil’ Books, February 8

    Before you read Michiko Kakutani’s review of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” check out our 2005 review of Marlon James’s first book.

  66. Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes to Life Books, February 8

    The life of a legendary cowboy, a tribute to the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, a shout-out to hip-hop and more.

  67. In This Novel, God Is Annoyed and in Love Books, February 8

    Giacomo Sartori’s “I Am God” imagines a deity who winks and nudges, rants and complains.

  68. Letters to the Editor Books, February 8

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  69. After Plagiarism Claims, Ex-Times Editor Says Her Book ‘Will Be Fixed’ Business, February 7

    Jill Abramson says she was “up all night going through my book because I take these claims of plagiarism so seriously.”

  70. The Moral Indecency of the Away Message Opinion, February 7

    Correspondence in the modern age.

  71. Rosamunde Pilcher, Author of ‘The Shell Seekers,’ Dies at 94 Obituaries, February 7

    After the success of what her publisher called “the quintessential word-of-mouth book,” many of her novels were made into TV movies or mini-series.

  72. 9 New Books We Recommend This Week Books, February 7

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

  73. Valeria Luiselli, At Home in Two Worlds Books, February 7

    The Mexican writer has made a name for herself with experimental books and essays. Her latest, “Lost Children Archive,” is a road trip novel that shows off her intellectual sensibilities.

  74. George Orwell Gets an Apology for a Rejection Letter (but Not for His Marmalade Recipe) World, February 7

    A British cultural exchange body said it had been wrong to turn down the writer’s effort 73 years ago but stood by the criticism of his marmalade: “Bad recipe!”

  75. The Black Sergeant and the White Judge Who Changed Civil Rights History Books, February 7

    “Unexampled Courage,” by Richard Gergel, is a riveting account of the 1946 legal case that spurred the federal government to act in defense of racial equality.

  76. Maria Popova: By the Book Books, February 7

    The author of “Figuring” (and the brain behind the Brain Pickings website) likes how children’s books speak “a language of absolute sincerity, so deliciously countercultural in our age of cynicism.”

  77. The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books T Magazine, February 7

    From “Frog and Toad” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” many of the most enduring 20th-century titles share a secret language of queer compassion.

  78. So You’ve Read ‘The House of Mirth.’ Now What? Books, February 6

    Edith Wharton’s 1905 classic offers endless fodder for comparison with the empathetic social novels that succeeded it.

  79. When Social Media Goes After Your Book, What’s the Right Response? Books, February 6

    Two authors weigh in.

  80. New & Noteworthy Books, February 6

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

  81. An Ominous Sleeping Sickness Paralyzes a Small California Town in ‘The Dreamers’ Books, February 6

    In Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel, people stop waking up in the morning. They’re not dead, just trapped in a dream-filled netherworld.

  82. An Enthralling and Terrifying History of the Nuclear Meltdown at Chernobyl Books, February 6

    In “Midnight in Chernobyl,” the journalist Adam Higginbotham reconstructs the disaster from the ground up, recounting the prelude to it as well as its aftermath.

  83. How a Book Gets to the Perfect Cover Books, February 6

    Here’s how designers get a concept from good to must-pick-up.

  84. A Dying Young Woman Reminds Us How to Live Books, February 6

    Julie Yip-Williams’s memoir, “The Unwinding of the Miracle,” written before her death at 42 last year, is an exquisitely moving exhortation to the living.

  85. What ‘Anna Karenina’ Taught Me About Living With Depression Well, February 6

    A good novel can be a reminder that other people have endured tragedies, long ordeals, bad odds.

  86. Ahead of the State of the Union, Read About the People Behind the Words Books, February 5

    Three books about presidential speeches and speechwriters.

  87. Janet Malcolm, a Withering Critic, in a Nostalgic Key Books, February 5

    “Nobody’s Looking at You” collects pieces about the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, the concert pianist Yuja Wang, the writer Joseph Mitchell and other subjects.

  88. Great Books, Undiscovered Opinion, February 5

    A reader notes that many nonliterary factors determine “the ultimate fate of a book.”

  89. A First Novel Exposes the Hollow Core of the Global Big Ideas Industry Books, February 5

    In “Same Same,” the renowned graphic designer Peter Mendelsund presents a metafictional sendup of artists’ retreats and tech-industry think tanks.

  90. In Angie Thomas’s ‘On the Come Up,’ a Young Rapper Finds Her Way Books, February 5

    The follow-up to “The Hate U Give” introduces a heroine whose late father was a local hip-hop legend. She has a struggling mom, a venal manager and a ton of talent.

  91. Why John Ruskin, Born 200 Years Ago, Is the Man of the Moment Arts, February 5

    The Victorian art critic’s ideas about how industrialization stifled creativity and polluted the environment are just as relevant today as they were in the 19th century.

  92. From Black Holes to Breakfast, Three Books Show How Einstein’s Legacy Lives On Books, February 5

    The revolutionary advances in physics pioneered by Einstein are at the heart of new books that cover phenomena both celestial and mundane.

  93. A Sensible Climate Change Solution, Borrowed From Sweden Books, February 5

    In “A Bright Future,” Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist look to Europe for examples of how nuclear energy can help solve the global warming crisis.

  94. What Happens When Autism Becomes a Literary Device? Books, February 4

    The disorder is poorly understood. Should novelists be able to make it mean whatever they want?

  95. Elizabeth McCracken’s First Novel in 18 Years Has Whimsy to Spare Books, February 4

    “Bowlaway” revolves around a large cast of characters and a candlepin bowling alley in New England.

  96. A Personal Fight for the Dignity of L.G.B.T. People in India Books, February 4

    In “An Indefinite Sentence,” Siddharth Dube recounts his personal struggle to destigmatize homosexuality and AIDS in his home country.

  97. Let Children Get Bored Again Opinion, February 2

    Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.

  98. The Queen of Change Style, February 2

    With “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron invented the way people renovate the creative soul.

  99. 11 of Our Best Weekend Reads Arts, February 2

    El Chapo’s wife has no regrets. New Overlooked obituaries. Lorena Bobbitt speaks. So does Trump. And more.

  100. Our Tokyo Bureau Chief on Where She Finds ‘Bolts of Insight’ (Hint: It’s Outside the Office) Reader Center, February 1

    The Reader Center talks to Motoko Rich about Japanese culture, her stress antidote and children’s novels.

  101. Assessing the Facebook Problem Books, February 1

    Roger McNamee talks about “Zucked,” and Charles Finch discusses the season’s best thrillers.

  102. 70 and Female Is the New Cool Books, February 1

    Mary Pipher’s “Women Rowing North” celebrates the unacknowledged talents and wisdom of older women — a demographic increasingly in the limelight.

  103. New in Paperback: ‘An American Marriage,’ ‘How Democracies Die’ Books, February 1

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  104. New & Noteworthy Books, February 1

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

  105. A Grieving Mother Converses With Her Dead Son in Yiyun Li’s New Novel Books, February 1

    In “Where Reasons End,” an unnamed narrator plumbs the nature of suffering — and the limits of language — in a dialogue with the child she mourns.

  106. Picture Books That Let Imaginations Soar Books, February 1

    In the latest from Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, Shaun Tan and others, a boy and his dog head to the moon, a crab bakes cakes and a cat foils a bakery break-in.

  107. Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Books, February 1

    Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.

  108. A Hillbilly and a Survivalist Show the Way Out of Trump Country Opinion, February 1

    One common thread of J.D. Vance’s and Tara Westover’s memoirs is distrust of institutions. Yet it was institutions — the military in one case, college in the other — that saved them.

  109. The Examined Life May Be More Worth Living. Reading About It Is Another Matter. Books, February 1

    Reema Zaman, Sophia Shalmiyev and Pam Houston all seek solace in memoir for their pain.

  110. 12 New Books to Look for in February Books, February 1

    A follow-up to “The Hate U Give.” An investigation into the Chernobyl disaster. True crime in Northern Ireland. And more.

  111. A Deep Dive Into the ‘Underground’ World of Caves and Tunnels Books, February 1

    Will Hunt travels from New York’s subways to Australian ochre mines to tell the subterranean story of what exists beneath us.

  112. Marilyn Stasio’s Crime Column Exhumes the Murderous Past Books, February 1

    New novels take readers back to Tudor England (C.J. Sansom), 1920s England (Charles Todd) and the age of Queen Victoria (Mick Finlay).

  113. The Urban Grid of Writerdom Books, February 1

    An illustrated map of the authorial life.

  114. A Quartet of First Novels Takes Readers From Trinidad to the Himalayas Books, February 1

    Disappearances link the works of Claire Adam, Madhuri Vijay, Juliet Lapidos and James Charlesworth: missing persons, missing manuscripts and missed connections.

  115. Letters to the Editor Books, February 1

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  116. A Novel Set at the Dakota Imagines John Lennon as a Neighbor Books, February 1

    In Tom Barbash’s “The Dakota Winters,” a searching young man finds an unlikely companion in the former Beatle’s last year of life.

  117. Revisiting Roberto Bolaño — ‘the Visceral Realist’ Books, February 1

    The Book Review’s past sheds light on the books of the present. This week: James Wood on the Chilean author’s legacy.

  118. Book Written by Detainee via WhatsApp Gets a Top Prize World, January 31

    Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker detained by the Australian government, could not attend the festivities to accept the award.

  119. James Baldwin: Pessimist, Optimist, Hero Arts, January 31

    The literary figure is the glowing subject of a group exhibition, curated by the New Yorker critic Hilton Als, that is part personal narrative, part study of his influence on contemporary artists.

  120. 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Books, January 31

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

  121. Angie Thomas Lets Hip-Hop Speak in Her New Novel, ‘On the Come Up’ Books, January 31

    The best-selling author talks about paying homage to the rappers she grew up listening to and the challenges of writing her first book after “The Hate U Give.”

  122. The Brutal Economy of Cleaning Other People’s Messes, for $9 an Hour Books, January 31

    In “Maid,” Stephanie Land describes what it’s like to be a single mother struggling to survive.

  123. Y.A. Author Pulls Her Debut After Pre-Publication Accusations of Racism Books, January 31

    “It was never my intention to bring harm to any reader of this valued community,” Amelie Wen Zhao said. Critics found fault with her depiction of slavery.

  124. A Fantasy Set in Africa, by Way of Hieronymus Bosch, García Márquez and Marvel Comics Books, January 31

    Michiko Kakutani reviews “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” the first volume of Marlon James’s “Dark Star” trilogy. The novel is packed with dizzying references fused into something new and startling.

  125. As a Reporter, She Wrote About Business. As a Novelist, She Writes About Murder. Books, January 31

    Jane Harper’s mysteries set in Australia have international appeal. Her latest, “The Lost Man,” hits American bookstores in February.

  126. Marlon James: By the Book Books, January 31

    The author, most recently, of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” admires fantasy fiction that feels “wonderfully strange and alarmingly familiar at the same time. That and a woman or man who can wield two swords.”

  127. Overlooked No More: Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian Poet Who Broke Barriers of Sex and Society Obituaries, January 30

    An author unafraid to defy midcentury attitudes about her gender. “What is important is humanity,” she said, “not being a man or a woman.”

  128. The Hit Podcasters Breaking Down Harry Potter, Chapter by Chapter Books, January 30

    “Binge Mode” has attracted a cult following for its lively, in-depth analysis. It all started with “Game of Thrones.”

  129. The Baumans, Sellers of Really, Really Rare Books Style, January 30

    Their shop is the thinking person’s place to go after hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas (or New York).

  130. The Persistence of Anti-Semitism Books, January 30

    Deborah E. Lipstadt’s “Antisemitism: Here and Now” charts the new guises of an enduring hatred.

  131. An Intensely Personal Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest Books, January 30

    “Go Ahead in the Rain,” by the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, is a love letter to the pioneering hip-hop group.

  132. February’s Book Club Pick: ‘The Wife,’ by Meg Wolitzer Books, January 30

    This is an excerpt from the original book review, “In the Shadow of the Big Boys.”

  133. A Novel About the Fate of a Piano — and the Dreams It Embodies Books, January 30

    In “The Weight of a Piano,” Chris Cander follows the members of a family from Russia to California and traces the way music shadows their memories.

  134. The Kathleen Collins Revival Continues With ‘Notes From a Black Woman’s Diary’ Books, January 29

    This collection of work by Collins, who died relatively unknown but has been championed in recent years, is a grab bag of letters, diary entries, short stories, plays and screenplays.

  135. New York’s Depression Era Foodways Food, January 29

    Unpublished photographs from the Federal Writers’ Project are on display at the Municipal Archives.

  136. In France, Comic Books Are Serious Business Books, January 29

    At the Angoulême International Comics Festival, there was a sense that the best days for comic books may be yet to come — in the French-speaking world, at least.

  137. Lena Dunham Pays Homage to Her Late Literary Hero Diana Athill Books, January 29

    The British editor and writer, who died last week at 101, modeled a life of fierce, free-spirited independence.

  138. An Anti-Facebook Manifesto, by an Early Facebook Investor Books, January 29

    In “Zucked,” the venture capitalist Roger McNamee — a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg — reveals the inner workings behind the platform’s troubling rise to global behemoth.

  139. Meg Medina Wins Newbery Medal and Sophie Blackall Is Awarded Her Second Caldecott Books, January 28

    Women and Latinx authors and illustrators made a strong showing in this year’s prestigious honors, as diversity in children’s books is becoming more evident.

  140. Chris Christie’s Memoir Praises Trump, but Says, ‘I Told You So’ Books, January 28

    In his new book, “Let Me Finish,” the former governor of New Jersey and Trump adviser saves his fire for Steve Bannon, and rues what might have been.

  141. A Bolaño Novel About Young Poets in Mexico City, Hungry for Fame, Sex and Adventure. No, Not That One. Books, January 28

    Roberto Bolaño’s coming-of-age tale “The Spirit of Science Fiction,” written around 1984, foreshadows the Chilean author’s epic 1998 breakthrough, “The Savage Detectives.”

  142. Murderous Husbands, Flapper-Era Gun Molls and Korean Assassins: The Best Winter Thrillers Books, January 28

    Want to escape the real-life suspense novel we’re living in these days? Check out these six new whodunits.

  143. 5 Cheap(ish) Things to Combat Winter Cabin Fever Smarter Living, January 27

    Venturing outside during the winter? Who needs it!

  144. Should We Care About a Writer’s Personal Ethics? Opinion, January 27

    Readers see a threat to artistic freedom in so-called morality clauses.

  145. He Wrote a Best-Seller as a Detective. Now He’s Back in Police Headquarters — as a Writer. New York, January 27

    Edward Conlon wrote “Blue Blood” before retiring in 2011 to write a novel. He’s back on the job, but has traded in his handcuffs for a keyboard.

  146. Diderot Was Way Ahead of His Time — and He Knew It Books, January 27

    Andrew S. Curran talks about “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely,” his new book about the 18th-century French philosopher whose greatest works were discovered — as he intended — after his death.

  147. Dani Shapiro on Her Surprising ‘Inheritance’ Books, January 25

    Shapiro talks about her new best-selling memoir, and David Treuer discusses “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee.”

  148. Penguin Random House Closes the Prestigious Imprint Spiegel & Grau Books, January 25

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