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  1. The Spurious Scandal of ‘Communism for Kids’ Op Ed, Yesterday

    Far from being a work of sinister propaganda, the book tries to imagine a future without the horrors of the past....

  2. Al Franken Has Been Sitting on Jokes for a Decade. Now He’s Ready to Tell Them. Book Review, Today

    “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” is the story of how Franken pretended to be a serious person in public even as his inner comic monologue never stopped running....

  3. David Sedaris’s Diaries Track a Path From Struggle to Success Book Review, Today

    “Theft by Finding” compiles the author’s journal entries from 1977 to 2002....

  4. Photos, Gardens, Birds, Trees: What’s Happening in the Great Outdoors Book Review, Today

    A selection of books, for practical use and pleasure reading, that will take readers from their own gardens far into the great outdoors....

  5. Lemon White Pizza, Smothered Pork Chops, Pea Guacamole: 10 Takes on What to Cook This Summer Book Review, Today

    The best of this spring’s cookbooks remind us of the meaning and value of home-cooked meals....

  6. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Ben Falcone on the Father-Son Bond Culture, Yesterday

    In “Being a Dad Is Weird,” the comedic actor and screenwriter juxtaposes his childhood in Illinois with modern-day fatherhood in Los Angeles....

  7. Denis Johnson, Who Wrote of the Failed and the Desperate, Dies at 67 Culture, May 26

    Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son,” peopled his novels, stories and poems with drifters, addicts, inmates and spies....

  8. What to Cook, Watch, Listen To and More This Weekend Express, May 26

    Tips to make the most of your weekend....

  9. Denis Johnson’s Poetic Visions of a Fallen World Culture, May 26

    In this author’s universe, hallucinatory imaginings bleed into daily life, where reality itself can seem like a fevered nightmare....

  10. Elena Ferrante on ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Moving to the Screen Book Review, May 26

    Ferrante talks about the upcoming adaptation of her popular novel....

  11. Hamilton Minus Music Book Review, May 26

    “The Essential Hamilton” collects examples of the founding father’s personal and political writings....

  12. The Mall of America’s Writer-in-Residence Has a Knack for Landing Offbeat Gigs Culture, May 26

    The poet has won similar contests for Amtrak, Los Angeles and even the Dollar Shave Club....

  13. A Courtroom Novelist Tackles War Crimes in Bosnia Book Review, May 26

    Scott Turow quits Illinois for The Hague in “Testimony,” and hits the best-seller list at No. 6....

  14. Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution Book Review, May 26

    Mike Rapport talks about “The Unruly City,” and Dan Egan discusses “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”...

  15. How Laws of Physics Govern Growth in Business and in Cities Business, May 26

    In his new book, “Scale,” Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist, manages to deliver a lot of theory and history accessibly and entertainingly....

  16. A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art Book Review, May 26

    A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction....

  17. Bringing One of Burma’s Lost Histories to Life Book Review, May 26

    Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles....

  18. New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo Book Review, May 26

    Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan....

  19. The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals Book Review, May 26

    In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature....

  20. Missing Persons Book Review, May 26

    Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL....

  21. A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed Book Review, May 26

    Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father....

  22. Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil Book Review, May 26

    In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world....

  23. Letters to the Editor Book Review, May 26

    Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more....

  24. Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected Book Review, May 26

    J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America....

  25. Summer Reading Recommendations, From 6 Novelists Who Own Bookstores Weekend, May 25

    Here’s what Emma Straub, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Lethem, Louise Erdrich, Judy Blume and Jeff Kinney are reading and recommending to bookstore customers....

  26. 12 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, May 25

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

  27. Books to Breeze Through This Summer Weekend, May 25

    Janet Maslin’s roundup of 16 books to read this summer includes a stunner of a cop novel, a satire of the wealthy, sidesplitting essays and a classical mystery for fans of Agatha Christie....

  28. In ‘Trophy Son,’ Fictional Character Accuses Real Life Tennis Stars of Doping Sports, May 25

    A trainer in Douglas Brunt’s new novel levels accusations against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others that are likely to leap off the pages into a public debate....

  29. Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76 Science, May 25

    Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition....

  30. Big City Book Club: Eddie Joyce’s ‘Small Mercies’ Metropolitan, May 25

    Need some Memorial Day weekend reading? Crack open Eddie Joyce’s debut novel and join our columnist Ginia Bellafante for a live discussion online on Tuesday evening....

  31. Guides for Exploring New York Metropolitan, May 25

    From the changing demographics of the No. 7 train to the ruins of Jewish resorts in the Catskills, new publications reveal the metropolitan area....

  32. A Novelist’s Meditation on Loss and Identity Weekend, May 25

    In “What We Lose,” Zinzi Clemmons explores the aftermath of a mother’s death....

  33. An African Novelist Poised for Recognition in the U.S. Weekend, May 25

    Alain Mabanckou’s latest novel, “Black Moses,” captures life in his homeland, the Congo Republic....

  34. Neanderthals: They’re Just Like Us Weekend, May 25

    Claire Cameron’s new novel, “The Last Neanderthal,” imagines the life of a Cro-Magnon girl struggling to survive some 40,000 years ago....

  35. ‘Chemistry’ Is an Anti-Coming-of-Age Story Weekend, May 25

    Weike Wang drew on her experience at a Harvard lab to write her debut novel....

  36. Paperback Row Book Review, May 25

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week....

  37. A Memoir From David Hallberg on Ballet, the Bolshoi and His Injury Weekend, May 25

    The memoir, “A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back,” which will be published on Nov. 7, will cover Mr. Hallberg’s career as a star dancer....

  38. A Hemingway Tell-All Bares His Tall Tales Book Review, May 25

    With “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” Mary V. Dearborn becomes the first woman to tackle a full-scale life of that hypermasculine writer....

  39. Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Novel Is Essential Reading for Today Book Review, May 25

    In “The Stricken Field,” the American journalist Martha Gelhorn confronted a simmering refugee crisis....

  40. Al Franken: By the Book Book Review, May 25

    The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”...

  41. Crime, Women, and Outsider Perspectives Foreign, May 24

    In this week’s newsletter: a discussion about fiction and Lizzie Borden plus photos of Australia’s ‘stolen generation,’ and an appraisal of Roger Moore....

  42. ‘Aliens’ Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody? Culture, May 24

    In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life....

  43. 3 Books That Help Make Sense of Cyberwar Book Review, May 24

    On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States....

  44. Amazon Sets Up Shop in the Heart of the Publishing Industry Business, May 24

    At physical bookstores like the new one opening in Manhattan this week, the company is drawing on its vast troves of customer data to shape the design....

  45. The Colorado River and Its Unnatural World Book Review, May 24

    “Where the Water Goes” By David Owen looks at the permanent mark people make on the planet....

  46. New in Memoir: The Intersex Body, the Dead Body, the Body in Grief Book Review, May 24

    Three books cast the human body in a new light, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum....

  47. Janet Mock Struggles With Being Called a ‘Trans Advocate’ Magazine, May 24

    The author on giving young people life advice and what she learned from sex work....

  48. Grayson Perry’s ‘The Descent of Man’: Deconstructing the Masculine Mystique Culture, May 23

    Perry’s book has its own failure built into it. The men who need it most are unlikely to take advice from him....

  49. Dear Match Book: What Should I Read on My Summer Vacation? Book Review, May 23

    In a special travel edition of Match Book, our columnist offers recommendations geared toward discovery and self-discovery....

  50. Finding My Florida Travel, May 23

    It’s a much-mocked place — but also many states in one. All of them can be fascinating and, yes, sometimes weird....

  51. What to Read Before Your Florida Trip Travel, May 23

    Three writers offer a defense of the state....

  52. Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future Book Review, May 23

    “The Death and Life of Great Lakes” by Dan Egan looks at the uncertain future of Earth’s largest surface freshwater system....

  53. Critical Thinkers: The Ties That Bind Orwell and Churchill Book Review, May 23

    Apparently they never met. But the common cause of George Orwell and Winston Churchill resonates powerfully today, Thomas Ricks writes in this dual biography....

  54. New Sentences: From ‘Augustown,’ by Kei Miller Magazine, May 23

    A bit of Jamaican patois describes the curious ways news can travel....

  55. In ‘Grief Cottage,’ a Ghost and Other Things That Haunt Us Culture, May 22

    Gail Godwin’s latest novel follows a young boy sent to live with a great-aunt after his mother’s death....

  56. A New Book Celebrates America’s Brunch Drink Dining, May 22

    Ellen Brown’s “Bloody Mary Book” details the history of this classic cocktail and includes inventive recipes....

  57. A 17th-Century Witch Hunter and His Campaign of Terror Book Review, May 22

    Beth Underdown’s novel, “The Witchfinder’s Sister,” retraces a frightening reign of terror in the history of 17th-century England....

  58. 50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After Book Review, May 22

    On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics....

  59. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Andrea Petersen on Living With, and Studying, Anxiety Culture, May 21

    In “On Edge,” Ms. Petersen discusses her initial reluctance to reveal her mental illness and a troubling stagnation in treatment options....

  60. That Voice, Those Parties: Remembering Jean Stein Styles, May 20

    At her parties, you were as likely to meet Warren Beatty as the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky. An oral history of a woman who excelled at the form....

  61. Anne R. Dick, Memoirist and Writer’s Muse, Is Dead at 90 Culture, May 19

    Her second husband, Philip K. Dick, used their marriage and her persona in books like “The Man in the High Castle” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”...

  62. A Guide to Writing Guides Book Review, May 19

    Editors at The Times discuss some of their favorite books about how to write well....

  63. From Condoleezza Rice, Tales of Diplomacy and Unrequited Love Book Review, May 19

    Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” offers sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. It also notes Qaddafi’s schoolboy crush on her....

  64. Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’ Book Review, May 19

    Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”...

  65. Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured Book Review, May 19

    Audiobooks of Garth Nix’s “Frogkisser!” and Chris Colfer’s “The Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales” offer kids spit-shined versions of Grimm Brothers’ classics....

  66. W. Kamau Bell on Being a ‘Semi-Prominent’ Black Comedian Book Review, May 19

    Listening to a memoir read by the author is like being the sole patron in a comedy club while he performs a marathon routine....

  67. Scots on the Rocks and Jo Nesbo’s Latest: The Best New Crime Fiction Book Review, May 19

    Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer. For relief, there’s a trip to rural France....

  68. Twilight of a Difficult Man: Larry Kramer and the Birth of AIDS Activism Metropolitan, May 19

    Larry Kramer — writer, advocate, “loudmouth” — helped define AIDS activism and gay life. He ruffled some feathers along the way....

  69. The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember Book Review, May 19

    S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed....

  70. Stories Book Review, May 19

    Four story collections, united by whimsy, daring and the everyday surreal....

  71. Fleeing a Fictional World of Despots and Drones Book Review, May 19

    In the Pakistan of Nadeem Aslam’s novel “The Golden Legend” the rule of law is a distant memory....

  72. Why Does a Young Writer Fall in Love with a Misogynist Bully? Book Review, May 19

    Gwendoline Riley’s novel “First Love” depicts a volatile marriage of opposites whose savage jousts are full of comic malice and exasperated affection....

  73. The American Revolution: A History of Violence Book Review, May 19

    “Scars of Independence” reminds readers that the United States took shape not just in stately rooms but in brutal, devastating combat....

  74. Letters to the Editor Book Review, May 19

    Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools....

  75. A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes Book Review, May 19

    Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist....

  76. 8 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, May 18

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

  77. A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye Weekend, May 18

    Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment....

  78. Ian Buruma Named Editor of The New York Review of Books Culture, May 18

    Mr. Buruma succeeds Robert B. Silvers, a founder of the magazine who edited it until his death in March at 87....

  79. Paperback Row Book Review, May 18

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week....

  80. Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017 Book Review, May 18

    In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions....

  81. Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review, May 18

    New science fiction and fantasy includes ghosts and warring gods, a desert apocalypse, a cloned messiah and the quest for light-speed travel....

  82. Ferrante Casting Call in Naples Lets Children Dream, if for a Day Foreign, May 18

    This was not just any call, but one for HBO’s adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” the first of the four smash-hit Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante....

  83. Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book Book Review, May 18

    The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”...

  84. ‘Australia? Yes, I Know; Off the Coast of New Zealand’ Foreign, May 17

    In this week’s newsletter, we take a trip through the New York Times archives and invite subscribers to an event with beer and literary discussion....

  85. Jean Fritz, Who Wrote History Books for Children, Dies at 101 Culture, May 17

    Her works were full of human narratives and quirks, backed by engaging prose and deep archival research....

  86. Author Is Sued Over Book on Campus Sex Weekend, May 17

    A Northwestern graduate student is suing Laura Kipnis over her book “Unwanted Advances,” which recounts the student’s relationship with a former professor....

  87. ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement Culture, May 17

    Édouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France....

  88. Black Panther Spinoff Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Will Be Canceled Culture, May 17

    Black Panther & the Crew, which began last month, will end with the sixth issue, an unusually swift demise. Marvel and Mr. Coates blamed poor sales....

  89. The Sound of Sherlock: Stephen Fry Voices the Master Sleuth Book Review, May 17

    The noted British actor narrates Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of a certain obsessive detective....

  90. The Value and Virtue of Good Writing (Rule No. 7: Don’t Be a Bore) Book Review, May 17

    In “Do I Make Myself Clear?,” Harold Evans, editor par excellence, explains why good writing is a moral issue....

  91. What’s New in the Supermarket? A Lot, and Not All of It Good Dining, May 16

    Michael Ruhlman, the author of “Grocery,” leads a skeptical stroll through a North Jersey store to show why big changes may be needed in the business....

  92. Lee Hall, Artist and de Kooning Biographer, Dies at 82 Culture, May 16

    Ms. Hall was an abstract landscape painter who also served as president of the Rhode Island School of Design during a difficult period there....

  93. The Paintings of Lee Hall Slideshow, May 16

    Ms. Hall was more than a painter. She also examined the art world in her books....

  94. ‘Shake It Up’ Aims to Put Rock Writing in the Pantheon Culture, May 16

    This collection of rock criticism includes thoughts on hazing, lyrics, death and so much more....

  95. The Paintings of Lee Hall Slideshow, May 16

    Ms. Hall was more than a painter. She also examined the art world in her books.

  96. Scott Turow’s New Thriller Investigates a Massacre in Bosnia Book Review, May 16

    Scott Turow’s latest novel, “Testimony,” swaps the American courtrooms of previous books for the International Criminal Court after the Bosnian war....

  97. This Boy’s Life, Reflected in Picture Books Book Review, May 16

    “I’m looking for books in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.”...

  98. Writers Recount Stories of Grief and Joy in Illustrated Panels Book Review, May 16

    New graphic memoirs and a biography capture the toll of illness, a guilty mother and the rise of Mama Cass....

  99. Migration, a Makeshift Family, and Then a Disappearance Book Review, May 16

    In “The Leavers,” Lisa Ko tells the story of a Chinese-American boy who struggles with his mother’s disappearance....

  100. For Better, for Worse: Three Memoirs Report From Marriage Country Book Review, May 16

    From their own diverse vantage points, Dani Shapiro, Ada Calhoun and Claire Dederer bear witness to that two-person catastrophe in motion....

  101. Susan Faludi: ‘In My World, Photographs Lie’ Multimedia/Photos, May 16

    Susan Faludi’s latest book, about her photographer father’s transition to a woman, originally had no photos. In time she realized that images are moments carved disingenuously out of continuous experience, but they can be redeemed by a...

  102. Susan Faludi: ‘In My World, Photographs Lie’ Lens, May 16

    Susan Faludi’s latest book, about her photographer father’s transition to a woman, originally had no photos. In time she realized that images are moments carved disingenuously out of continuous experience, but they can be redeemed by age.

  103. Digging to the Roots of Maurice Sendak’s Vision Culture, May 15

    In “There’s a Mystery There,” Jonathan Cott — with help from the playwright Tony Kushner, psychoanalysts and art historians — examines the influences and ideas in Sendak’s children’s books....

  104. To Make America Great Again, Give Your Kids Chores Book Review, May 15

    In “The Vanishing American Adult,” Senator Ben Sasse offers a solution for moral decline: Get tough on your offspring....

  105. The Story of Thor, in the Voice of Neil Gaiman Book Review, May 15

    In “Norse Mythology,” Neil Gaiman brings visceral voice to the ancient and weird tales that have so deeply informed the otherworlds of his fiction....

  106. In the Footsteps of Marcel Proust T Style, May 15

    The legendary filmmaker William Friedkin recalls his obsession with “In Search of Lost Time,” and his attempt to see the novel in real life....

  107. Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Rafe Bartholomew on Growing Up at McSorley’s Culture, May 14

    Learning at the knee of your father and the regulars at a truly time-honored Manhattan bar....

  108. Paula Vogel to Host Free Playwriting Workshop Culture, May 14

    The workshop will be on May 22 at the Vineyard Theater in New York, and will be open to the first 30 people who sign up....

  109. Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Alexander on Love, Loss and What Comes Next Styles, May 13

    Both the Facebook executive and the acclaimed poet lost their husbands at an early age. Their books offer others a path forward after tragedies....

  110. Judith Stein, Author on Liberalism and Economics, Dies at 77 Culture, May 12

    Professor Stein, who taught history at City College for 50 years, was known for her analysis of the black nationalist Marcus Garvey....

  111. A Different Kind of Sports Novel Book Review, May 12

    Hockey, long frozen out of the fiction best-seller list, gets its due in Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown.”...

  112. Rhinebeck Retreat Announces New Musicals for Development Culture, May 12

    This year’s class for the summer residency include 19 artists who will work on nine musicals....

  113. New Picture Books for Young Vehicle Lovers Book Review, May 12

    Nine new picture books take adventurous children out for a ride....

  114. Bookshelf: Friendships and Fables Soar in New Children’s Books Book Review, May 12

    New picture books about birds include the tale of a pigeon in the subway, a history of falconry and the hopeful story of a bird-loving Syrian refugee boy....

  115. Bookshelf: Clothes Get Kids Acting Out Book Review, May 12

    Kids act up in new picture books about wearing a gorilla suit, refusing to change your pants, and the joy of not wearing clothes at all....

  116. Kids Face Down a Panoply of Threats Book Review, May 12

    In three new graphic fantasy novels for young readers, kids face down threats including an overheating planet, a toxic spill and anthropod aliens....

  117. An Aspiring Bluesman Faces the Loss of his Grandfather Book Review, May 12

    The young hero of Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground,” an aspiring bluesman, faces the loss of his larger-than-life grandfather....

  118. Elizabeth Warren on Fighting for the Middle Class Book Review, May 12

    Elizabeth Warren talks about “This Fight Is Our Fight,” and Doree Shafrir discusses her debut novel, “Startup.”...

  119. New Children’s Books Explore the World in the Woods Book Review, May 12

    Four new picture books take young readers on adventures in gorgeously illustrated forests....

  120. Letters to the Editor Book Review, May 12

    Readers respond to the idea that writers’ workshops can be isolating environments and more....

  121. A ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Is Stolen Culture, May 12

    The 800-word manuscript, handwritten on a card, was auctioned in 2008 to benefit a literacy program....

  122. This Year’s College-Bound Essayists and Their ‘Beautiful Contradictions’ Business, May 12

    College admissions directors weigh in on the teenagers whose college application essays about money, work and social class rose above the crowd....

  123. The Perils of Social Life Begin in Kindergarten Book Review, May 12

    The popular girls and mean girls of “Real Friends” distress the author of this middle-grade graphic memoir from Shannon Hale....

  124. A Moving Holocaust Memoir for Younger Readers, and Older Ones Too Book Review, May 12

    “Survivors Club,” by Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, tells a harrowing and moving Holocaust story for young readers...

  125. New Apps Provide a World of Literature, One Chapter at a Time Book Review, May 12

    Ten years into the Age of the Smartphone, “mobile fiction” offers a new way of reading based on an old way of writing....

  126. The First Book in English from China’s Most Popular Author for Children Book Review, May 12

    In “Bronze and Sunflower,” two lonely kids form a lifesaving friendship in a tale from one of China’s most popular authors, Cao Wenxuan....

  127. Fracking Threatens a Beloved Forest in This Middle-Grade Novel Book Review, May 12

    As a new industry arrives to lift a struggling town, in “The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget, a young forager weighs its heavy costs....

  128. Elizabeth Strout’s Follow-Up to ‘Lucy Barton’ Is a Master Class on Class Book Review, May 12

    Strout’s new novel, “Anything Is Possible,” is profound in its rendering of the stories we hide, and the ways we save, or fail to save, one another....

  129. Hemispheric Pressure: As Asian Powers Rise, How Should the West Respond? Book Review, May 12

    In “Easternization,” Gideon Rachman explores an international transfer of power....

  130. An Immigrant Story of Going Against Type —and Its Costs Book Review, May 12

    In “No One Can Pronounce My Name,” three Indian-Americans struggle to maintain ties to their community while breaking free of its strictures....

  131. Mothers and Sons Book Review, May 12

    New memoirs recall tumultuous relationships between mothers and sons....

  132. A Philosophical Survey of Financial Considerations Book Review, May 12

    In “The Wisdom of Money,” Pascal Bruckner favors philosophy over practical ideas about money and how to deal with it....

  133. 3 Revelatory Books About the F.B.I. Book Review, May 11

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is shrouded in secrecy. Here are three books that offer insider knowledge....

  134. Dear Book Club: It’s You, Not Me Weekend, May 11

    Book clubs can be the epicenter of fierce friendships and enmity; a breeding ground for resentments large and small....

  135. 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Book Review, May 11

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

  136. Solve a Puzzle in the Past, Save New York Present Book Review, May 11

    In “York,” Laura Ruby’s captivating new novel, a treasure hunt takes place in a present-day, steam-punky version of New York....

  137. L.A.’s Vintage Bookstores T Style, May 11

    These shops — and their keepers — offer a window into the heart of a surprisingly literary city....

  138. Editor Resigns Over an Article Defending ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Weekend, May 11

    The editor of the magazine of the Writers Union of Canada quit after his call for an ‘Appropriation Prize’ caused an outcry....

  139. Excavating an African American Family’s Past in a Townhouse in Harlem Book Review, May 11

    In “Down the Up Staircase,” a memoir co-written with his wife, Syma Solovitch, Bruce D. Haynes traces the changes to his family and to Harlem over three generations....

  140. Paperback Row Book Review, May 11

    Six new paperbacks to check out this week....

  141. A Knight’s Epic Quest, and the Perils of Chivalry Book Review, May 11

    “Yvain the Knight of the Lion,” a graphic novel written by M.T. Anderson, retells a medieval epic, raising questions about honor, fate and society....

  142. Whole New Worlds Book Review, May 11

    In these books, young people must break from the past to navigate first loves, troubled families, wartime travails and more....

  143. Baldwin Burns Strong Book Review, May 11

    An oversize limited edition of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” is filled with stunning photos by Steve Schapiro from the civil rights era....

  144. Seeking Dad, and Alien Life, in a Middle-Grade Novel Book Review, May 11

    A quest to connect with alien life turns into a family affair in the middle-grade novel “See You in the Cosmos.”...

  145. A Pair of Updated Greek Tragedies Startle Us Anew Book Review, May 11

    Two novelists — Colm Toibin in “House of Names” and David Vann in “Bright Air Black” — offer new versions of Greek myths....

  146. Jo Nesbo: By the Book Book Review, May 11

    The author of “The Thirst” would invite Charles Bukowski, Jim Thompson and Ernest Hemingway to his literary dinner party: “Partly because I can’t cook and for this party, I probably wouldn’t have to.”...

  147. What Book Would You Recommend for America’s Current Political Moment? Book Review, May 11

    Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon suggest reading that suits the current moment and tells us what we can expect from it....

  148. Chris Kraus, Author of ‘I Love Dick,’ Returns to the Bronx Styles, May 11

    How the writer became a cult figure to Tavi Gevinson and other millennials even before the new Amazon series based on her first book.

  149. Two Australias? Readers Tell Their Stories Foreign, May 10

    We open our inbox for this week’s newsletter, and Peter Carey tells us what to read about America....

  150. Richard Russo’s Latest Cast Includes Average Men and One Big Star Culture, May 10

    The four stories in Russo’s new book, “Trajectory,” take on themes that include the follies of academia and the disappointment of midlife....