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  1. Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing Book Review, Today

    Books by former Dallas police chief David O. Brown and the law professor Paul Butler, and a collection edited by Angela J. Davis, call for transformation of the system.

  2. ‘Minecraft: The Island’ Blurs the Line Between Fiction and Gaming Business, Today

    Max Brooks’s new novel has an unusual feature: It can also be played within a video game.

  3. A Fictional Patricia Highsmith as Strange as the Real One Book Review, Today

    Jill Dawson’s novel “The Crime Writer” uses the life of Patricia Highsmith to explore the territory between reality and fantasy.

  4. In ‘So Much Blue,’ a Married Painter Spills Secrets Book Review, Today

    The artist at the center of Percival Everett’s new novel provides three narrative threads, including one of his affair in Paris.

  5. Russian Women Speak Up About the Front Lines and the Home Front Culture, Yesterday

    Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II” unearths a mostly buried aspect of Russian history.

  6. Of Wine, Mystery and Local Life Insider, Yesterday

    Eric Asimov, The Times wine critic, explores the intersection of French mystery novels and wine in the spirit of local tradition.

  7. What Happens When Liberty Fails to Deliver Book Review, Yesterday

    In “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” Edward Luce argues that the tradition of liberty is under mortal threat.

  8. Dear Match Book: Seeking Poetry With That Certain Slant of Light Book Review, Yesterday

    An admirer of Emily Dickinson and Anne Carson asks for poetry recommendations. Susan Howe, Charles Wright, Monica Youn, Maggie Nelson and more ensue.

  9. The Delicious World of Bruno, Chief of Police Dining, July 24

    Martin Walker shares the wines and food of the Périgord region, which inspired the fictional world of Bruno Courrèges, his small-town French police chief.

  10. On Vacation in Greece, and Refusing to Feel Ancient Book Review, Yesterday

    Pushing 70, the three women at the center of Lynn Freed’s novel “The Last Laugh” discover that passion and conflict remain powerful forces.

  11. Portrait of a Nigerian Marriage in a Heartbreaking Debut Novel Culture, July 24

    Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay With Me,” like great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, explores the pull between tradition and modernity in Nigeria.

  12. Bruno’s World Slideshow, July 24

    The crime writer Martin Walker shares the Périgord that inspired his popular French detective series.

  13. Books From the Frick to Offer Authors’ Views on Major Works Culture, July 24

    The series, Frick Diptychs, is to feature the novelist Hilary Mantel, the filmmaker James Ivory and the artist and author Edmund de Waal.

  14. ‘Make It So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism Op Ed, July 24

    Communism’s promise of a workers’ paradise chimed with the utopian imagination of science fiction. To strange effect.

  15. Around the World in 50 Years Book Review, July 24

    To mark a major birthday (and avoid an ex-lover’s wedding), the hero of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “Less” embarks on a long journey.

  16. An Odyssey Through Self-Harm and Out the Other Side Book Review, July 24

    In the memoir “Lights On, Rats Out,” Cree LeFavour recalls the damaged young woman she once was.

  17. A Lot Like Prayer: Remembering Denis Johnson Book Review, July 24

    Everywhere Denis Johnson went, he portrayed himself as an openhearted American bumbler not unlike his hapless characters.

  18. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Affluence Without Abundance’ Culture, July 23

    In his new book, James Suzman writes about the Bushmen hunter-gatherers and what they have taught him about how the modern world lives.

  19. Ivan Rodriguez Hit His Target: First-Ballot Hall of Famer Sports, July 22

    Life is grand these days for Rodriguez, a star catcher who in his memoir disputes a steroids accusation against him.

  20. What to Cook, Watch, Listen To and More This Weekend Express, July 21

    Tips to make the most of your weekend.

  21. Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90 Culture, July 21

    Jailed at 5, blacklisted in Hollywood, the author of “Going Away” fell in with R.D. Laing and Doris Lessing.

  22. Steve Bannon’s Road to the White House Book Review, July 21

    Joshua Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Laura Dassow Walls discusses her new biography of Thoreau; and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on “The Fact of a Body.”...

  23. Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends Foreign, July 21

    In addition to a plethora of land, Canada has many libraries with extensive literary collections. As summer nears its midway point, some librarians offer their suggestions for good books by Canadian authors.

  24. When a Comic Book Hillbilly and Milton Collide Arts & Leisure, July 21

    Gary Panter — known for his punk graphics, the sets of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and Jimbo — returns to graphic novels with a phantasmagoric take on “Paradise Regained.”...

  25. A Crime Writer Finds the ‘Perfect Setting’ in Amish Country Book Review, July 21

    “Down a Dark Road” is the ninth book in Linda Castillo’s series. “I love the juxtaposition of such a bucolic setting and the introduction of evil,” she says.

  26. Grifters, Swindlers and Chumps Headline the Latest in Crime Book Review, July 21

    From contemporary Los Angeles to medieval Venice, bad guys romp in new mysteries from Richard Lange, Ace Atkins, S.D. Sykes and Michael Connelly.

  27. Hearty Helpings From Three Culinary Histories Book Review, July 21

    Three explorations of American foodways delve into the cookbooks and culinary preoccupations of the past, with a special emphasis on Southern cuisine.

  28. Paperback Row Book Review, July 21

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  29. At a Law Firm that Defended a Child Murderer, an Intern Recalls Her Own Childhood Abuse Book Review, July 21

    In “The Fact of a Body,” Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich recounts how her memories resurfaced when her law firm took on the case of a pedophile.

  30. Alexandra Fuller’s Novel of Lakota Culture May Stir the Appropriation Debate Book Review, July 21

    “Quiet Until the Thaw” follows two reservation boys whose lives become fatefully intertwined.

  31. New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love, and 2 Accounts of Its Horrors Book Review, July 21

    Three books trace the highs and the (very) lows of love and marriage, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.

  32. Letters to the Editor Book Review, July 21

    A reader responds to a misstated metaphor, an author defends his work and more.

  33. 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, July 20

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

  34. Inside the World of Brad Thor Weekend, July 20

    To build a lasting fan base in the relentless world of espionage thrillers, Brad Thor has cranked out 17 books in 16 years, selling nearly 15 million copies.

  35. ‘The Pulitzer at 100’ Celebrates Awards More Than Winners Weekend, July 20

    A film about a prize for excellence in journalism and the arts shares some winners’ insights, but not enough.

  36. Is Everyone in Politics Writing a Tell-All? Yes Book Review, July 20

    From Hillary Clinton to a White House stenographer, readers will hear almost everyone’s point of view in coming books.

  37. A Spy Novel Whose Clues Are Found on New York Landmarks Metropolitan, July 20

    A new digital book about Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl sends readers across the city to solve its riddles.

  38. Alan Moore Is Preparing a Six-Part Finale for Extraordinary Gentlemen Weekend, July 20

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book series, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, will wrap things up with “The Tempest” in June.

  39. The Author of ‘I Love Dick’ — on One Crazy Coincidence T Style, July 20

    When Chris Kraus set out to write a biography on Kathy Acker, she had no idea the surprising artistic connection she would discover they shared.

  40. Calvin Trillin: By the Book Book Review, July 20

    The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”...

  41. Harry Potter Nerds Rejoice: 2 New ‘History of Magic’ Books Coming This Fall Weekend, July 20

    The books will appear on Oct. 20 as part of a 20th anniversary celebration and exhibition at the British Library. But they aren’t new novels or even plays.

  42. Hunted at the Zoo in ‘Fierce Kingdom’ Culture, July 19

    When a mundane setting turns lethal, a mother and her 4-year-old son find themselves becoming prey in Gin Phillips’s new thriller.

  43. A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy Book Review, July 20

    In Elaine M. Hayes’s “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan,” a classic jazz singer turns husbands into managers and listeners into fans.

  44. An Oliver Twist of the Congo, With a Bitter Twist of Fate Book Review, July 20

    The orphan narrator of Alain Mabanckou’s “Black Moses” is among the novelist’s most heartbreaking and darkly humorous creations.

  45. How Inequality Erodes the Foundation of Modern Societies Book Review, July 20

    Two new books argue that inequality destroys openness to new ideas and opportunities as well as the conviction that all citizens are morally equal.

  46. Sam Glanzman, Comic-Book Artist Inspired by His War Service, Dies at 92 Culture, July 19

    A writer and artist whose richly detailed work recreated the battles, camaraderie and down times of war in the Pacific.

  47. 92nd Street Y Draws Alec Baldwin, Matthew Weiner and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Culture, July 19

    The 92nd Street Y’s 2017-18 season includes appearances by novelists, musicians, chefs and two American presidents (sort of).

  48. Going After Big Prey Book Review, July 19

    “Shark Drunk” is about two friends in search of a Greenland shark, which can grow up to 24 feet long and weigh up to 2,500 pounds.

  49. Trump as a Novel: An Implausible ‘Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun’ National, July 19

    These first months have been trying for Washington’s storytelling swamp creatures, with novelists and historians straining to follow the narrative arc.

  50. No, Jane Austen Is Not Your Bestie Op Ed, July 19

    Treating the writer like a celebrity friend trivializes her work. Her novels should make uncomfortable reading.

  51. Tina Howe Copes With Caregiving and Other Late-in-Life Storms Arts & Leisure, July 19

    Looking after her ailing husband, and the perils of climate change, are inspirations for her new play, “Singing Beach.”...

  52. ‘Doctor Who’ Breaks Its Alien Glass Ceiling Op Ed, July 19

    A woman ends an all-male streak, and somehow that is a loss for men.

  53. Two Testimonials Shed Light on Syrian Life and Death Book Review, July 19

    Alia Malek’s “The Home That Was Our Country” and Wendy Pearlman’s “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled” channel voices from Syria’s war zone.

  54. A Dive Into the Abyss in the Anonymous ‘Incest Diary’ Culture, July 18

    In a disturbing new memoir, an unidentified writer tells the story of being raped by her father, starting when she was 3.

  55. How to Be Mindful While Reading Well, July 19

    Pick reading that will engage but not deplete you, something that requires a bit of mental energy, not another item on your to-do list.

  56. A Polish Poet Leaves Verse Behind, but Not His Lost City Book Review, July 19

    Whatever the prose in “Slight Exaggeration” settles on — art, family, war, ideology — Adam Zagajewski is always writing about displacement.

  57. The Birth of the Modern Middle East Book Review, July 19

    In “The Islamic Enlightenment,” Christopher de Ballaigue reveals the Middle Eastern political and intellectual figures who grappled with modernity after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.

  58. A First Novel, Wrestling With the Will to Rule the Mat Book Review, July 19

    Gabe Habash’s debut, “Stephen Florida,” tracks the title character’s drive to succeed as a college wrestler.

  59. Comic Books That Put the Pow in Political Power Culture, July 18

    Calexit, Resist! and other new series react to the current political climate, as artists continue to reckon with the Trump presidency.

  60. Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book Culture, July 18

    Mr. Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has written a work for children, inspired by his heritage, about a young Dominican girl in Manhattan.

  61. How Steve Bannon and Donald Trump Rode the Honey Badger Into the White House Book Review, July 18

    Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain” tells the story of the alt-right impresario who invigorated Trump’s campaign and influences his presidency.

  62. A Novel Looks Back at a Woman’s Idealistic Days in the Spanish Civil War Book Review, July 18

    The Spanish Civil War casts its shadow over an elderly 21st-century American and her granddaughter in Mary Gordon’s novel “There Your Heart Lies.”...

  63. ‘Ants Among Elephants,’ a Memoir About the Persistence of Caste Culture, July 17

    Sujatha Gidla, who was born an untouchable in India but moved to the United States at 26, recounts how ancient prejudices persist today.

  64. This New York Love Story Subverts Its ‘Happily Ever After’ Book Review, July 17

    “The Changeling,” by Victor LaValle, is a dark fairy tale of a father’s frantic quest through New York City.

  65. The Campaigns, Causes and Controversies of Five American Radicals Book Review, July 17

    A century ago, Jeremy McCarter’s “young radicals” embraced reform from labor struggles to women’s suffrage to the antiwar effort.

  66. You May Not Know His Name, but You’ve Seen His Pictures of Sarah Bernhardt Book Review, July 17

    In “The Great Nadar,” Adam Begley recounts the life story of a French photographer who had an antic personality and a gift for self-promotion.

  67. Joe Biden’s New Book to Be Released in November Culture, July 17

    "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose” will reflect on the challenges of governing while mourning.

  68. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Why,’ About the Science of Curiosity Culture, July 16

    In his new book, Mario Livio delves into the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and speaks with people who have extreme curiosity.

  69. Charting Literary Greatness With Jane Austen Insider, July 15

    Our Upshot editor is excited to do a data-driven piece for our special issue timed to the 200th anniversary of the author’s death. But where to start?...

  70. Jane Austen Wasn’t Shy Op Ed, July 15

    She was proud of her books. So why do we keep insisting otherwise?...

  71. Roxane Gay on the Traumas of the Body Book Review, July 14

    At its simplest, the memoir “Hunger” is about being overweight in a fat-phobic world. But it’s much more besides.

  72. What (Books) to Listen to This Summer Book Review, July 14

    The Times’s book critics and editors at The New York Times Book Review recommend some great audiobooks for summertime.

  73. My Adventures in Accountability Op Ed, July 14

    If I don’t report my workout, did it happen?...

  74. An Alternative History of Singapore, Through a Comic Book Foreign, July 14

    Sonny Liew’s “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,” with art that pays tribute to Astro Boy, Pogo and Spider-Man, retells the nation’s creation story.

  75. Star-Struck Book Review, July 14

    Julie Klam’s new book is a mostly lighthearted and far-ranging look at our obsession with celebrities.

  76. The World of Jane Austen Fans Book Review, July 14

    Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”...

  77. Imagining the Love Between a Master Hacker and a Fed Book Review, July 14

    The veteran romance writer Julie Garwood turns to computer crime in her latest novel, “Wired,” new on the hardcover fiction list at No. 7.

  78. Summer Beach Reading: The Personal Finance Edition Sunday Business, July 14

    You may not want to read a weighty tome on finance right now. But how about a novel, with financial lessons embedded in it? Here are three choices.

  79. Big Concepts for Little Minds Book Review, July 14

    Five new books for babies and newly independent readers illustrate the philosophical and the existential.

  80. Liu Xiaobo’s Dying Words for His Wife Foreign, July 14

    The notes by the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, written before he died under police guard in China, are to accompany photographs by his wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest.

  81. Letters to the Editor Book Review, July 14

    Readers respond to Don Winslow’s By the Book, Miranda Seymour’s review of Mary Thorp’s diary and more.

  82. Two New Novels Evoke the Past and the Future of Fantasy Stories Book Review, July 14

    A.F. Harrold’s “The Song From Somewhere Else” and James Nicol’s “The Apprentice Witch” play with world-building for middle-grade readers.

  83. New Novels Depict Valiant Women of Old America Book Review, July 14

    Three new novels dealing with history and heroines.

  84. Paperback Row Book Review, July 14

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  85. Joan Aiken’s Spinoffs and Sequels Finish the Stories Jane Austen Never Told Book Review, July 14

    In five companion novels that she called her “Austen entertainments,” Aiken gave second chapters to some of Austen’s most intriguing characters.

  86. New Sentences: From ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,’ by Sherman Alexie Magazine, July 14

    A study in how repetition can be a kind of statement in itself.

  87. Pirates, Drugs and Time Travel: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review, July 14

    N.K. Jemisin reviews new sci-fi and fantasy adventures by K.J Parker, Nicky Drayden, Brenda Cooper, and Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney.

  88. How to Stop Breaking Up Styles, July 14

    A writer and artist valued their creative independence too much to stay together. But they couldn’t stay away.

  89. Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet Dissident and Writer, Dies at 63 Culture, July 13

    Ms. Ratushinskaya composed some 250 poems in prison, many drafted with burned matchsticks on bars of soap.

  90. ‘Black Tickets’ Catches Young Women in No Man’s Land Weekend, July 13

    In this early short-story collection by Jayne Anne Phillips, various women in their 20s have fled West Virginia, only to return because of bad luck or obligations.

  91. 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, July 13

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

  92. As a Guru, Ayn Rand May Have Limits. Ask Travis Kalanick. Business, July 13

    For all the influence of the Objectivist principles set forth in “The Fountainhead” and other works, some prominent followers have run into trouble.

  93. Set in New York, Fit for the Hammock Metropolitan, July 13

    “The Gargoyle Hunters” by John Freeman Gill is one of several new books featuring New York City as a backdrop.

  94. A Comic Novel of Infidelity Grapples With Sex and Money Book Review, July 13

    Matthew Klam’s debut novel, “Who Is Rich?,” tells the tale of a conflicted adulterer.

  95. In Jane Austen’s Pages, Death Has No Dominion Book Review, July 13

    What was death to the writer who never killed off a major character? In Austen’s six novels, mortality is a more subtle matter.

  96. 3 Books Take a Deeper Look at the Opioid Epidemic Book Review, July 13

    Two books help explain the opiate abuse crisis and how we may resolve it, while a novel shows the havoc addiction can wreak.

  97. Allegra Goodman: By the Book Book Review, July 13

    The author of “The Chalk Artist” admires Mary Garth in “Middlemarch”: “She is not only brave and witty, but totally sane. That’s hard to write. Madness is easy. A character with good sense is a tour de force.”...

  98. Whimsical New Picture Books with a Spotlight on Wordplay Book Review, July 13

    In these frisky new picture books, complex play with language sparks curiosity.

  99. The Original Fake News: Soccer Transfers Sports, July 13

    In a sport known for its post-truth propagation of transfer rumors, a journalist created a fake phenom to see how much traction his story could get. A lot, it turned out.

  100. An Arsonist and His Femme Fatale Fiancée in ‘American Fire’ Culture, July 12

    Monica Hesse’s new book, about a string of fires in Virginia, has all the elements of a lively crime procedural.

  101. Test Your Knowledge of Jane Austen’s Life — and Afterlife Interactive, July 12

    As Janeites around the world pay tribute to Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death, test your knowledge of Austen’s life (and afterlife) with this quiz.

  102. Test Your Knowledge of Jane Austen’s Life — and Afterlife Interactive, July 12

    As Janeites around the world prepare to pay tribute to Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death on July 18, test your knowledge of Austen’s life (and afterlife) with this quiz.

  103. Jane Austen’s Stuff, and What We Learn From It Book Review, July 12

    In “Jane Austen at Home,” the BBC presenter Lucy Worsley traces the writer’s life through the places and possessions that mattered most to her.

  104. A New Publishing Imprint at Macmillan, From Two Hitmakers Book Review, July 12

    Two publishing industry veterans, Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, will start a new division at Macmillan.

  105. On a Remote Greek Island, Learning to Take a ‘Real’ Vacation Travel, July 12

    I hadn’t come to the Cyclades for the famous islands, and Sifnos was definitely not one. I was there for me.

  106. A British Expat in Norway Gets Beyond the Scandinavian Stereotypes. Book Review, July 12

    Robert Ferguson’s “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North” offers an engaging, layered look into a complex culture.

  107. Summer Y.A. Escapes from Sarah Dessen, Andrew McCarthy and More Book Review, July 12

    The heroes of these Y.A. novels bust out and learn to love, in settings from New Jersey to Taiwan to Mars.

  108. On Thoreau’s 200th Birthday, a New Biography Pictures Him as a Man of Principle Book Review, July 12

    Asked once why he was so eternally curious, Thoreau said, “What else is there in life?” In “Henry David Thoreau: A Life,” Laura Dassow Walls explores his vision.

  109. Reflect on Thoreau’s Vision of Walden Pond Video, July 12

    On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, visit Walden Pond, where he once lived, in 360 video. Listen to excerpts from his book “Walden.”...

  110. ‘To the New Owners,’ About a Summer Place (Too) Well Loved Culture, July 11

    The journalist and author Madeleine Blais writes of having to sell a family home on Martha’s Vineyard and swallowing hard.

  111. Pearson Is Running Out of Assets to Sell Business, July 11

    The sale of nearly half of Pearson’s stake in Penguin Random House for about $1 billion does not compensate for the woes in its core education business.

  112. The Austen Legacy: Why and How We Love Her, What She Loved Book Review, July 11

    From the role-playing of modern Janeites to the theatrical performances that inspired Austen’s own work, three books explore her roots and her legacy.

  113. Bob Marley Comes Alive in This Collection of Interviews With the People Who Knew Him Best Book Review, July 11

    In Roger Steffens’s rich new oral biography, “So Much Things to Say,” the life of Jamaica’s most famous son is revealed through a chorus of crucial voices.

  114. A Posthumous Prize for Denis Johnson Culture, July 11

    Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son” and “Tree of Smoke,” will be awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

  115. Kenneth Silverman, Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 81 Culture, July 10

    Professor Silverman, a specialist in Colonial American literature, also wrote biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Houdini, Samuel B. Morse and John Cage.

  116. Michael Connelly’s New Detective Makes Harry Bosch Look Like a Slouch Culture, July 10

    “The Late Show” is a breathlessly-paced novel that introduces Renée Ballard, a tireless detective who has been banished to the night shift.

  117. At Walden, Thoreau Wasn’t Really Alone With Nature Op Ed, July 10

    The philosopher’s profound experience had as much to do with the human landscape as it did with the natural one.

  118. Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think Book Review, July 10

    In school, the poet Matthew Zapruder writes, we are taught that poetry is inherently “difficult.” Focusing on one interesting word can change that.

  119. A Jane Austen Fit for the Age of Brexit Book Review, July 10

    Helena Kelly’s “Jane Austen: The Secret Radical” argues that Austen opposed 19th-century England’s assumptions about the social and political order.

  120. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘In the Days of Rain’ Culture, July 9

    Rebecca Stott discusses her new work of memoir and history, about life in a closed Christian world in England.

  121. Lena Dunham Cleans Her Closet, for a Cause Styles, July 9

    The “Girls” star is offering everything from Golden Globes gowns to T-shirts for sale online, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

  122. Spencer Johnson, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ Author, Dies at 78 Business, July 7

    Mr. Johnson wrote pithy best-sellers, including one about the benefits of embracing change and another defining effective management.

  123. On Diversity in Publishing, a Young Star Warns: Get It Right Book Review, July 7

    Angie Thomas, whose debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” is No. 1 on the young adult list, has advice for authors writing about marginalized figures.

  124. Do Grants, Professorships and Other Forms of Institutional Support Help Writers but Hurt Writing? Book Review, July 7

    Siddhartha Deb and Benjamin Moser discuss the intersection of writing, academia and funding.

  125. Alcoholism in America Book Review, July 7

    “The fight against addiction is one of America’s great liberation movements,” Christopher M. Finan writes in his introduction to “Drunks: An American History.”...

  126. The History of the London Zoo Book Review, July 7

    Isobel Charman talks about “The Zoo,” and R. L. Stine discusses scary stories for children.

  127. Paperback Row Book Review, July 7

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  128. The Phone Is Smart, but Where’s the Big Idea? Op Ed, July 7

    Steve Jobs said the bound book was probably headed for history’s attic. Not so fast.

  129. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Book Review, July 7

    Four books grapple with the politics and culture of gentrification.

  130. A New History of the Donner Party and the Dark Side of Manifest Destiny Book Review, July 7

    Michael Wallis’s “The Best Land Under Heaven” tells the story of the mythic Donner Party.

  131. A Debut Novel Asks, What if His First Wife Was the One? Book Review, July 7

    In “Standard Deviation” by Katherine Heiny, a stuffy banker reconsiders his bubbly second wife.

  132. Letters to the Editor Book Review, July 7

    Readers respond to the history of the iPhone, David Oshinsky’s review of “The Color of Law” and more.

  133. An Architect Turns His Genius to Scheming in an Isaac-Abraham Reboot Book Review, July 7

    “The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates” by Jacob Bacharach is a tragicomic Isaac-Abraham reboot.

  134. In the Best New Crime, Lethal Lasagna, Honor Killings and Nanny Cams Book Review, July 7

    Marilyn Stasio’s mystery column investigates honor killings and prostitution in Britain, then takes readers on crime sprees in Paris and New York.

  135. Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond Book Review, July 7

    To honor Thoreau on his 200th birthday, pay homage to all the outdoor temples his “in wildness” declaration helped protect.

  136. New Sentences: From ‘Too Much and Not the Mood,’ by Durga Chew-Bose Magazine, July 7

    Recasting the daytime moon as empowered and impish, rather than confused and out of place.

  137. How a C.I.A. Contractor Triggered a Diplomatic Crisis Video, July 6

    Mark Mazzetti, Washington investigations editor for The Times, interviews Raymond Davis about his book, “The Contractor,” a recounting of the diplomatic crisis that ensued after Mr. Davis was imprisoned in Pakistan while working as a C.I.A. co...

  138. In Praise of Daphne du Maurier Weekend, July 6

    What begins as a taste for this author’s twisty plots, briny wit and bracingly bleak view of marriage can become an addiction.

  139. The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures Upshot, July 6

    There’s a way to measure the acute emotional intelligence that has never gone out of style.

  140. 12 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, July 6

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

  141. Henry James, a Pooh-Bah Who Painted With Words Weekend, July 6

    The novelist began as a painter, wrote as an art critic and produced fiction animated by art-world personalities. His life is explored at the Morgan Library & Museum.

  142. As Travel Ban Takes Effect, 3 Books That Delve Into the Immigration Debate Book Review, July 6

    What does a country owe to outsiders? One book attempts to answer this question — and others further explore the complexity of the immigration debate.

  143. Insights Into the Brain, in a Book You’ll Wish You Had in College Book Review, July 6

    In “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst,” Robert M. Sapolsky serves up his neurobiology with a big dose of hipster humor.

  144. A. Scott Berg: By the Book Book Review, July 6

    The biographer and consulting producer of Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” might have been a doctor — “if only that didn’t require courses in biology, physics and organic chemistry. Oh…and med school.”...

  145. In ‘The Sisters Chase,’ They’re Starting Over After Mom Dies Culture, July 5

    In Sarah Healy’s cunning thriller, a charming, deceitful 18-year-old woman takes her 4-year-old sister under her wing after the death of their mother.

  146. Heathcote Williams, Radical British Poet Who Helped Form Anarchist Nation, Dies at 75 Culture, July 5

    Outraged at conformity and drawn to theatricality, Mr. Williams aimed to effect change with language.

  147. Denys Johnson-Davies, Translator of Arab Writers, Is Dead at 94 Culture, July 5

    Mr. Johnson-Davies translated more than 30 Arabic novels, short-story collections and anthologies. He was best known for his work with Naguib Mahfouz.

  148. Affluent Idlers Find a Just Cause in a Refugee Swept Ashore Book Review, July 5

    For the wealthy foreigners on a Greek island in Lawrence Osborne’s “Beautiful Animals,” a deeply compromised act of charity has dreadful consequences.

  149. America’s Top Prosecutors Used to Go After Top Executives. What Changed? Book Review, July 5

    Jesse Eisinger’s “The Chickenshit Club” outlines the cultural and political shifts that explain why virtually no one was prosecuted for the 2008 financial crisis.

  150. Morton Cohen, Scholar of Lewis Carroll and His Wonderland, Dies at 96 Culture, July 4

    Mr. Cohen tracked down many of the women Carroll had corresponded with when they were young.