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  1. Made by Hand in America: A New Book Tells the Story of Unsung Artisans Book Review, Today

    “Craft: An American History,” by Glenn Adamson, considers the often disparaged tradition of artisanal work from colonial days to today’s maker movement.

  2. Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment, in Verse Books, Today

    The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history will read a work she finished after the riot at the Capitol. “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen,” she says.

  3. For More Inclusive Writing, Look to How Writing Is Taught Book Review, Today

    “Craft in the Real World,” by Matthew Salesses, dismantles assumptions about the art of fiction and how it should be written.

  4. Experimental Literature That Tests Family Bonds and Routines Book Review, Today

    “Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit,” “Marshlands” and “Saturation Project” are full of inventive twists and innovations.

  5. William Boyd’s Madcap Burlesque Revisits the Summer of 1968 Book Review, Today

    “Trio” follows three characters who are connected to a disastrous film production and each has a personal crisis to deal with.

  6. After the Loss of a Child, How Does Life Go On? Book Review, Today

    Emily Rapp Black ponders the unanswerable in her new memoir, “Sanctuary.”

  7. The Devilish Life and Art of Lucian Freud, in Full Detail Culture, Yesterday

    William Feaver’s “The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame, 1968-2011” completes a two-volume biography of the pioneering realist painter.

  8. Regnery Publishing picks up Senator Hawley’s book after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster. Politics, Yesterday

    The conservative publishing house said Senator Josh Hawley had been the victim of cancel culture.

  9. Senator Hawley’s Canceled Book Deal: No First Amendment Issue Letters, Yesterday

    A reader says publishers aren’t bound by free-speech protections. Also: Remote work; evictions in the pandemic; landlords in a bind.

  10. Presidential Children’s Books, Pets and All Interactive, Yesterday

    When Joe Biden takes office, there will be several children's book authors and subjects in the White House.

  11. A Trip Into the Otherworldly With Adrienne Kennedy as Guide Culture, January 17

    A digital four-play retrospective, capped by a world premiere, illuminates this writer’s fascination with doubling, violence and Black identity.

  12. How a Historian Got Close, Maybe Too Close, to a Nazi Thief Culture, January 17

    Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.”

  13. Viaja a Cartagena con la imaginación en Español, January 16

    La ciudad portuaria colombiana, hogar de los sonidos y bailes característicos de la región, está tan llena de magia que ha inspirado libros de Gabriel García Márquez.

  14. Figuring It Out: Two Novels About Ice Skating and Adolescence Book Review, January 16

    “The Comeback,” by E.L. Shen, and “Ana on the Edge,” by A.J. Sass, put identity on center ice.

  15. James Comey and Truth in Government Book Review, January 15

    Joe Klein talks about Comey’s “Saving Justice,” and Elisabeth Egan discusses Peter Ho Davies’s “A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself.”

  16. When Tech Antitrust Failed Business, January 15

    How did a case meant to lower prices instead possibly lead to higher prices?

  17. D.I.Why? Book Review, January 15

    We’ve come a long, exhausted way from trying to make the best of it. Here are some new “Do It Yourself” books that more accurately reflect the moment.

  18. Thrillers Spiked With Malice and Dread Book Review, January 15

    Looking for a nerve-fraying whodunit? These three novels — including one from Jane Harper — will keep you up at night.

  19. What Can We Expect After the Pandemic? Book Review, January 15

    Four new books look at life after the virus and reach startlingly different conclusions.

  20. What Is a Home? In ‘Aftershocks,’ the Answer Is Not So Clear Book Review, January 15

    In her memoir, Nadia Owusu contemplates what it means to find home.

  21. New in Paperback: ‘Amnesty’ and ‘Cool Town’ Book Review, January 15

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  22. Punctuated Poetry and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, January 15

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  23. The Essential Octavia Butler Book Review, January 15

    She created vivid new worlds to reveal truths about our own. Here’s where to start with her books.

  24. Helga Weyhe, Germany’s Oldest Bookseller, Dies at 98 Obits, January 14

    She died above the bookstore, founded in 1840, where she had worked since the waning months of World War II. She locked it up for the last time in December.

  25. A Conversation on ‘The Custom of the Country’ T Style, January 14

    The novelist Claire Messud speaks about Edith Wharton’s 1913 classic.

  26. 12 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, January 14

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

  27. Mary Catherine Bateson Dies at 81; Anthropologist on Lives of Women Obits, January 14

    After a well-documented childhood as the daughter of Margaret Mead, she earned her own renown with a book on women’s lives that became a touchstone to feminists.

  28. Death Was a Theory, Until I Became a Mother Parenting, January 14

    An existential philosopher reflects on the mortality of motherhood.

  29. The ‘Great Gatsby’ Glut Weekend, January 14

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about America and aspiration is now in the public domain, so new editions, as well as a graphic novel and a zombie adaptation, have gotten the green light.

  30. Tips for Getting Your Financial Life in Order in Hard Times Sunday Business, January 14

    Two books provide financial advice for the immediate issues and for retirement. But for deep problems you are likely to need additional help.

  31. A Playwright’s New Subject: Her Husband, the Pandemic Expert Arts & Leisure, January 14

    Prolific and widely-produced, Lauren Gunderson didn’t have to look far to create “The Catastrophist,” a play about risk that’s both timely and personal.

  32. For Comfort Reading, Susan Minot Turns to Comic Writers Book Review, January 14

    “Being funny is not only hard but perhaps the most powerful thing of all.”

  33. Fredrik Backman Walked Into A Potential Future Home. What He Found Surprised Him. Book Review, January 14

    Some of us are struck by aspiration when we’re touring a staged property. For this best-selling author, the lightbulb moment was more productive.

  34. How ‘Orwellian’ Became an All-Purpose Insult Culture, January 13

    Josh Hawley and Donald Trump Jr. are just the latest in a long line of people who have used the word as a cudgel for settling scores and scoring points.

  35. In ‘Aftershocks,’ a Search for Home in a Life Around the World Book Review, January 13

    Nadia Owusu’s beautiful and unsettling memoir is an attempt to understand what it means to be rooted and rootless.

  36. How ‘The Turner Diaries’ Incites White Supremacists Culture, January 12

    The 1978 novel, which Amazon recently removed from its site, depicts a right-wing assault on the Capitol. Scholars say the parallels with last week’s insurrection are clear and chilling.

  37. George Saunders Conducts a Cheery Class on Fiction’s Possibilities Culture, January 12

    In “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” Saunders analyzes the “physics” of storytelling with the help of Chekhov, Tolstoy and other Russian masters.

  38. 6 Books to Understand the Precarious Political Moment Interactive, January 12

    As Americans react to the rampage on the Capitol last week, here are some books that offer context.

  39. Sally Rooney to Publish ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ Culture, January 12

    The novel, which follows four young people in Ireland, is part of a two-book deal for the best-selling author of “Normal People” and “Conversations With Friends.”

  40. ‘Hombres, los odio’: el libro feminista que causa revuelo en Francia en Español, January 12

    Pauline Harmange se está adaptando al éxito y la reacción de su primer libro, uno de los pocos títulos de Francia que sugieren un enfoque más franco del sexismo y la violencia de género.

  41. Two ‘Disappeared’ Argentine Exiles Fall in Love. One Is Already Dead. Book Review, January 12

    With his debut novel, “Hades, Argentina,” Daniel Loedel pays homage to lost family.

  42. New & Noteworthy, From ‘Faust’ to Life in Lockdown Book Review, January 12

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

  43. What Fuels a Fanatical Sports Parent? Book Review, January 12

    In “Pee Wees,” Rich Cohen chronicles a year in youth hockey — and gets real about its impact on his own psyche.

  44. When Getting High Is a Hobby, Not a Habit Book Review, January 12

    In “Drug-Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl L. Hart, a drug addiction expert, argues that we misunderstand the way most people use illegal substances.

  45. How Martin Luther King Jr.’s Imprisonment Changed American Politics Forever Book Review, January 12

    Stephen and Paul Kendrick’s “Nine Days” recounts a brief episode of the civil rights movement that had a surprisingly lasting impact.

  46. Stories of Everyday Strangeness, in the Midwest and Beyond Book Review, January 12

    “Life Among the Terranauts,” by Caitlin Horrocks, offers vivid, often fantastical portraits of life.

  47. A Memoir That Sees Only the Tip of the Melting Iceberg Book Review, January 12

    In “Unsolaced,” Greta Ehrlich tells a story of personal discovery against the backdrop of the climate crisis.

  48. Kevin Barry’s Stories of Yearning Swing Between Pathos and Humor Book Review, January 12

    “That Old Country Music” is a showcase of the Irish writer’s style, a nervy mix of high poetry and low comedy.

  49. The Joys of Approaching Life as an Amateur Book Review, January 12

    In “Beginners,” the author Tom Vanderbilt tries to acquire a number of skills, from chess playing to surfing, in order to explore how the mind learns.

  50. Was the Constitution a Pro-Slavery Document? Book Review, January 12

    In “The Crooked Path to Abolition,” James Oakes shows how Abraham Lincoln relied on America’s founding texts to chart a path to abolition.

  51. A Bereaved Daughter Delves Into Her Mother’s Secrets Book Review, January 12

    Justine Cowan discovered that her mother, an exacting Bay Area grande dame, had grown up in a bleak institution for “foundlings.”

  52. The Perils of Social Distancing Book Review, January 12

    In “Social Chemistry” Marissa King examines the ways our reality is shaped by the networks we form and how we form them.

  53. A Filipino Freedom Fighter’s Life, Relentlessly Annotated Book Review, January 12

    “The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata,” by Gina Apostol, takes the form of a found memoir that has been picked apart by scholars.

  54. ‘Summerwater’ Makes an Intimate Study of Social Class Out of a Long, Rainy Day Culture, January 11

    In Sarah Moss’s new novel, shut-in vacationers in Scotland observe each other and the state of the world with suspicion.

  55. Senator Klobuchar to Write Antitrust Book Books, January 11

    The Minnesota Democrat and former presidential candidate said her book would call for reform in how the United States treats monopolies and competition.

  56. Scared Straight or Scarred for Life? Book Review, January 11

    In “Troubled,” Kenneth R. Rosen investigates the kind of tough-love programs he was placed in as a teenager and exposes their unusual methods.

  57. James Comey’s View of Justice — and How It Differs From Donald Trump’s Book Review, January 10

    Comey’s “Saving Justice” is a revealing memoir that describes his feelings about Trump and his worries about the nation.

  58. Ved Mehta, Writer Who Illuminated India, Is Dead at 86 Obits, January 10

    He explored his country — and introduced it to American readers — in The New Yorker and in many books, notably in his 12-volume memoir.

  59. With ‘I Hate Men,’ a French Feminist Touches a Nerve Culture, January 10

    Pauline Harmange is adjusting to the success and backlash of her debut book, one of a handful of titles from France that suggest a more frank approach to sexism and gender violence.

  60. ‘Moi les hommes, je les déteste’ met le doigt là où ça fait mal Books, January 10

    Le livre de Pauline Harmange est un des rares en France à assumer une approche plus frontale du sexisme et de la violence de genre. Son succès a été spectaculaire, le contrecoup violent.

  61. 2 New Picture Books Depict the Elusive Hide-and-Seek of Grief Book Review, January 10

    Andrew Arnold’s “What’s the Matter, Marlo?” and Matthew Cordell’s “Bear Island” separate the person from the emotions, and model empathy.

  62. How the Author of ‘Ragtime’ Taught an Aspiring Writer to Hear the Music Book Review, January 9

    S. Kirk Walsh took a writing class with the novelist E.L. Doctorow and discovered a whole new world of sound.

  63. Gary Paulsen’s Real-Life Survival Guide Book Review, January 9

    “Gone to the Woods” is a memoir so rife with childhood trauma he wrote it in the third person.

  64. Charles Yu Talks About ‘Interior Chinatown’ Book Review, January 8

    Yu discusses his National Book Award-winning novel, and David S. Brown talks about “The Last American Aristocrat,” his biography of Henry Adams.

  65. Murder, Murder Everywhere: the Woods, the Hospital, the Market Square Book Review, January 8

    Marilyn Stasio surveys the latest crime novels and finds them very much to her liking.

  66. The Unexpected Joys of Little Free Libraries Book Review, January 8

    You can still borrow books for free even when public libraries are closed, though each personal collection has its own character.

  67. What We Found in Robert Caro’s Yellowed Files Metropolitan, January 8

    The author of “The Power Broker” and a multivolume biography of L.B.J. is giving awed archivists — and New York — access to more than 50 years of research.

  68. ‘Icebound’ Takes Us Back to the Arctic, in All Its Terror and Splendor Book Review, January 8

    Andrea Pitzer’s new book resurrects the story of William Barents’s 16th-century expeditions to the Arctic.

  69. New in Paperback: ‘Weather’ and ‘The Making of a Miracle’ Book Review, January 8

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  70. Lengthy Biographies, James Joyce and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, January 8

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  71. Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers Obits, January 7

    It was a story he had chosen not to tell — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account would not be published while he was alive.

  72. Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers Obits, January 7

    It was a story he had chosen not to tell — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account would not be published while he was alive.

  73. Simon & Schuster Cancels Plans for Senator Hawley’s Book Books, January 7

    The publisher faced calls to drop the Missouri Republican’s upcoming book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” following criticism of his efforts to overturn the presidential election.

  74. Neil Sheehan Dies at 84; Author and Times Reporter on the Pentagon Papers Obits, January 7

    His exhaustive coverage of the Vietnam War also led to the book “A Bright Shining Lie,” which won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

  75. 9 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, January 7

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

  76. Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Towering Figure in Urdu Literature, Dies at 85 Obits, January 7

    A poet, scholar, historian, critic and novelist, he was credited with the revival of Urdu literature, especially from the 18th and 19th centuries. He died of Covid-19.

  77. How the Bible Divided, and United, Allan Gurganus and His Father Book Review, January 7

    “My late father considered the Bible the inerrant Word of God ghostwritten by a single privileged eyewitness from creation to revelation. I explained, no, it was actually a lost and found scrapbook riddled with time gaps, savage violence and contradictory accounts. And yet...”

  78. Jean Valentine, Minimalist Poet With Maximum Punch, Dies at 86 Obits, January 7

    A former New York State Poet, she won the National Book Award and was a Pulitzer finalist for poems in which small details could accrue great power.

  79. Fans of H.G. Wells Cry Foul Over Errors in Commemorative Coin Express, January 7

    The two-pound coin from the Royal Mint features imagery from Wells’s books. But fans observed that the writer’s Martian tripods have three legs instead of four.

  80. A Comic Novel, a Mystery, a Love Story, a Melodrama — All About Words Book Review, January 7

    Eley Williams’s first novel, “The Liar’s Dictionary,” is a hilarious and clever homage to the power of words, both real and imagined.

  81. This Time, He Stars In His Own Story Weekend, January 7

    Gabriel Byrne, known for his contemplative performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “In Treatment,” contends with his unlikely path to acting in his memoir, “Walking With Ghosts.”

  82. Ernest Cline Was ‘Raised by Screens.’ Look How Well He Turned Out! Book Review, January 7

    With “Ready Player Two,” the novelist goes back to the future he created in “Ready Player One.”

  83. Poem: At Night Magazine, January 7

    A poem that allows us to become preoccupied with our own quiet thoughts. And our grief.

  84. Sunil Kothari, Eminent Scholar of Indian Dance, Dies at 87 Obits, January 6

    A critic for The Times of India and a teacher of youthful energy, he explored a country rich in dance traditions, interviewing hundreds of gurus.

  85. Joanne Michaels, Who Sketched the Hudson Valley in Words, Dies at 69 Obits, January 6

    Ms. Michaels found material for her books and public access talk show in the region she loved. She died of Covid-19.

  86. ‘W-3,’ a Memoir That Recalls Suffering Without Sentimentality or Sensationalism Culture, January 6

    Bette Howland’s 1974 memoir, recently reissued, recounts her time in a psychiatric ward and the people she met there.

  87. Eric Jerome Dickey, Best-Selling Novelist, Dies at 59 Obits, January 6

    His fiction often featured strong Black women, and Black women were among his most enthusiastic readers.

  88. ‘The Prophets’ Explores Black Love and Memory in a Time of Trauma Book Review, January 6

    Robert Jones Jr.’s debut novel tells the story of two enslaved boys in love.

  89. ‘The Prophets’ Explores Black Love and Memory in a Time of Trauma Book Review, January 6

    Robert Jones Jr.’s debut novel tells the story of two enslaved boys in love.

  90. ‘I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography,’ by John Thompson with Jesse Washington: An Excerpt Book Review, January 5

    An excerpt from “I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography,” by John Thompson with Jesse Washington

  91. What Pence Should Do Letters, January 5

    A lawyer writes that the vice president has a “purely ministerial” role at the vote certification. Also: Presidential medals; Joe Biden and the Bork hearings; term limits; the gift of reading.

  92. William Link, Co-Creator of ‘Columbo’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ Dies at 87 Obits, January 5

    With his writing partner, Richard Levinson, Mr. Link helped shape the crime-drama genre on television for decades.

  93. Climbing the Himalaya With Soldiers, Spies, Lamas and Mountaineers Book Review, January 5

    “Himalaya: A Human History,” by Ed Douglas, a journalist and climber, unfolds the story of the world’s highest mountain range and its equally outsize impact on mankind.

  94. This Is Parenthood — and Not Just the Charming, Photogenic Parts Book Review, January 5

    Peter Ho Davies’s novel, “A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself,” tells the story of one family’s beginnings to show what to expect when you’re raising a real human being.

  95. Hate Working Out? Blame Evolution Book Review, January 5

    Daniel Lieberman’s “Exercised” looks at evolutionary biology to explain what might be the most appropriate workout regimen for our bodies.

  96. New & Noteworthy, From Russian Satire to the Comet Apocalypse Book Review, January 5

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

  97. Three New Books on the Predigital Technologies That Shaped Our World Book Review, January 5

    A history of early medicine, a medieval astronomer’s adventures and an exploration of wood’s importance in human history all look back to eras long before the internet.

  98. How to Pretend You’re in Cartagena Today Travel, January 5

    The Colombian port city, home to the trademark sounds and dances of the region, is so full of magic that it has inspired entire books by Gabriel García Márquez.

  99. Leonora Carrington’s Transformative Surrealist Novel Book Review, January 5

    “The Hearing Trumpet,” first published in 1974, follows a 92-year-old protagonist far past reality’s dull edge.

  100. Who Was Nick Before ‘Gatsby’? Book Review, January 5

    The novelist Michael Farris Smith imagines the beginnings of an iconic character in American literature.

  101. A Novel of Infidelity and the Art World, on a Crowded Canvas Book Review, January 5

    From the domestic sphere to the gallery scene, lies make the world go around in Danielle McLaughlin’s first novel, “The Art of Falling.”

  102. In ‘The Liar’s Dictionary,’ People Work on the Definition of Love and Many Other Words Culture, January 5

    Eley Williams’s first novel follows characters living in London more than a century apart who toil to compile the same ill-fated dictionary.

  103. When the Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is Suspicious of the Baby Inside Book Review, January 5

    Ashley Audrain’s dark family drama, “The Push,” explores trauma across generations.

  104. Kiese Laymon Revisits Some Early Essays, and Reclaims His Voice Book Review, January 4

    A contentious publishing experience left Laymon unsatisfied with his 2013 collection, “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.” Now he’s back with Take 2.

  105. As the Georgia Runoffs Arrive, a New Book Says the Senate Is Broken Culture, January 4

    In “Kill Switch,” Adam Jentleson explains how the Senate has become a place where ambitious legislation goes to die.

  106. John Thompson Was More — Much More — Than a Basketball Coach Book Review, January 4

    In his autobiography, “I Came as a Shadow,” Thompson recalls his childhood in segregated Washington, D.C., and his decades as both an athletic and a cultural force.

  107. A Year of Scandals and Self-Questioning for France’s Top Publishers Foreign, January 3

    The release of “Consent” put France’s literary establishment under a harsh spotlight. The publishing industry is grappling with a nation that it resembles less and less.

  108. Un an de scandales et de réflexion pour l’édition française World, January 3

    Depuis la publication du “Consentement”, le milieu littéraire est sur la sellette, aux prises avec un pays auquel il ressemble de moins en moins.

  109. Cat Girl? A Kinder, Gentler Superhero Comic Book Review, January 3

    Katie the Catsitter wrangles 217 “genius-level smart,” slightly “evil” felines in Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue’s new graphic novel series.

  110. An Unwilling Einstein Who’s Full of Beans Book Review, January 3

    Chris Grabenstein’s new series, “The Smartest Kid in the Universe,” follows the suddenly brilliant adventures of a kid and a candy jar.

  111. Kim Chernin, Who Wrote About Women, Weight and Identity, Dies at 80 Obits, January 3

    In a memoir, she also recounted her upbringing as the daughter of Rose Chernin, a Communist organizer convicted of trying to overthrow the government.

  112. Gaze at the Night Skies and Unwind With a Yoga Class At Home, January 3

    This week, learn about the history of vaccines, explore Mammoth Hot Springs or learn to code.

  113. Tim Severin, Seafarer Who Replicated Explorers’ Journeys, Dies at 80 Obits, January 2

    He and his crew sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland in a 36-foot boat like the one a sixth-century monk is believed to have used to cross the Atlantic.

  114. Fareed Zakaria on Life After the Pandemic Books, January 1

    Zakaria discusses “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World,” and Margaret MacMillan talks about “War: How Conflict Shaped Us.”

  115. An Imprint Neither Could Forget Styles, January 1

    Matthew Specktor and Samantha Culp first met at a book-signing benefit in 2013. They reconnected nearly six years later on a dating website.

  116. Bifurcating Realities, Joseph P. Kennedy and Other Letters to the Editor Book Review, December 31

    Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

  117. New in Paperback: ‘The Red Lotus’ and ‘This Is Big’ Book Review, December 31

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

  118. That Time When Theodore Dreiser Slapped Sinclair Lewis in the Face Book Review, December 31

    At a 1931 banquet at the Metropolitan Club, two literary giants clashed over plagiarism and bruised egos.

  119. A Sci-Fi Dreamer’s Poisoning Death Shocks China Business, December 31

    The “billionaire millennial” Lin Qi was working with Netflix and the “Game of Thrones” creators to bring a Chinese best seller to the screen. The police have a suspect, and fans have questions.

  120. 9 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, December 31

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

  121. Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake: An Update Podcasts, December 31

    The story of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America and the voice that gave Anchorage’s account in the aftermath.

  122. In Searching Essays, Knausgaard Extols the Freedom and Limitations of Art Book Review, December 31

    “In the Land of the Cyclops,” the Norwegian author’s first essay collection to be published in English, circles the mysteries of artistic creation, including his own writing process.

  123. In the Cultural Revolution, Ai Weiwei’s Father Burned the Family’s Books Books, December 31

    “It confirmed in me how powerful those words printed on paper, and the images in between, could be.”

  124. Is Pam Jenoff a Law Professor Moonlighting as a Novelist, or Vice Versa? You Decide Book Review, December 31

    The prolific author describes her double life as “messy” and “imperfect.” Nevertheless, she publishes a lot of books.

  125. How Politics, Protests and the Pandemic Shaped a Year in Books Books, December 31

    From “American Dirt” to “Apropos of Nothing” to “A Promised Land,” here is what happened in the literary and publishing world’s unforgettable 2020.

  126. Nearly a Century Later, We’re Still Reading — and Changing Our Minds About — Gatsby Culture, December 30

    Our critic considers why F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic inspires and withstands so much interpretation.

  127. 4 Young Adult Crossover Novels Book Review, December 30

    The latest fiction from Nic Stone, Elizabeth Wein, David Yoon and Arvin Ahmadi.

  128. 5 Dance Picture Books Book Review, December 30

    Children of all abilities glide from page to stage with the likes of American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet pros.

  129. Robert Jones Jr. Is Son of Baldwin, and More Weekend, December 30

    The writer’s debut novel, “The Prophets,” is the Black queer love story he longed to read.

  130. Scott Donaldson, Biographer of Literary Titans, Dies at 92 Obits, December 29

    His subjects included Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Cheever, though he acknowledged that writing a definitive biography was an unattainable goal.

  131. How Poets Use Punctuation as a Superpower and a Secret Weapon Book Review, December 29

    Just like line breaks and spacing decisions, typographical marks can shape how a reader hears the language.

  132. In ‘Beginners,’ a Writer Takes Up Chess and Surfing and Singing and Juggling and … Culture, December 29

    In his new book, Tom Vanderbilt says that our culture is so caught up in work and ambition that “we’re afraid of being just OK at things.”

  133. New & Noteworthy, From Sex to Murder Book Review, December 29

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

  134. Surprise Ending for Publishers: In 2020, Business Was Good Books, December 29

    With people stuck at home and so many other activities shut down, a lot of reading — or at least a lot of book buying — happened this year.

  135. Animation’s Early Days: Artists, Hucksters, Talking Mice and Pigs Book Review, December 29

    Reid Mitenbuler’s “Wild Minds” details wild times, when cartoonists pictured sex and death as well as cute animals.

  136. Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Essays Struggle With Big Ideas Culture, December 28

    “In the Land of the Cyclops” collects earnest essays about artists and photographers, “Madame Bovary,” Ingmar Bergman, Michel Houellebecq and more.

  137. For Television and Romance Novels, Love at Last? Arts & Leisure, December 28

    The new Netflix series “Bridgerton” joins a tiny but growing handful of prestige shows adapted from mass-market romance books. What took so long?

  138. Heather Cox Richardson Offers a Break From the Media Maelstrom. It’s Working. Business, December 27

    She is the breakout star of the newsletter platform Substack, doing the opposite of most media as she calmly situates the news of the day in the long sweep of American history.

  139. Barbara Rose, Critic and Historian of Modern Art, Dies at 84 Obits, December 27

    She wrote a celebrated college textbook, but, extending her reach beyond academia, she preferred exploring the unfolding art of the present.

  140. Barry Lopez, Lyrical Writer Who Was Likened to Thoreau, Dies at 75 Obits, December 26

    Mr. Lopez spent five years in the Arctic, and his books, essays and short stories explored the kinship of nature and human culture.

  141. The Listeners’ Episode: Editors and Critics Answer Your Questions Books, December 25

    We respond to questions about criticism, reading habits, favorite stories and more.

  142. The Loveliest Gift: Friends and Books, All Wrapped Together Summary, December 25

    Long before I worked at The New York Times, my friends and I leaned on the Books section for holiday cheer. We still do.

  143. The Doodles of Great Writers Book Review, December 24

    Nabokov left a butterfly, Roxane Gay drew an elephant and Isabel Allende offered a caricature of herself — a few gems hidden in the guest book of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center.

  144. 8 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, December 24

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

  145. ‘Eyes Open. Hit First. Move Fast. Stop When He’s Dead.’ Book Review, December 24

    The Butcher’s Boy may no longer be a professional hit man, but he hasn’t forgotten how to kill, as we learn in Thomas Perry’s new novel, “Eddie’s Boy.”

  146. For Ijeoma Oluo, Books and Bedtime Are a Perfect Combination Book Review, December 24

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  148. The Sidney Awards Op Ed, December 24

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  149. The New Words for Our New Misery Op Ed, December 24

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