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Two books look at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures as his term comes to a close and he prepares for the election.
In “The New Education,” Cathy N. Davidson argues that colleges must do more to adjust to social and economic realities.
The narrator of Kristen Iskandrian’s novel, “Motherest,” hoped college would be an escape from an unhappy home. Now she must make a home for her baby.
One summer, the novelist and the man who would become her husband embarked on an unlikely journey through the heart of New England.
Rereading Maya Angelou, Richard Wright and other mid-20th-century writers is to see anew that Appomattox was as much a beginning as an end.
Knausgaard’s latest book, the first in a planned quartet, closely describes the material world for his daughter.
In her novel, “See What I Have Done,” Sarah Schmidt turns the story of Lizzie Borden and the Fall River murders into a grisly exploration of madness.
In “Into the Gray Zone,” the neuroscientist Adrian Owen describes finding signs of consciousness in the brains of vegetative patients.
Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown, explains that at colleges and universities, you don’t get what you pay for.
Three books on the land, people and culture of the region.
A brotherless reader seeks the fraternal bond through fictional works starring male siblings with fierce and complex attachments.
The growing emphasis on teaching kids computer literacy and programming skills has started to shape children’s fiction.
In her new novel, Claire Messud writes about “secret sisters,” “umbilically linked and inseparable,” and about how their bond dissolves.
Pointed ears are not just for Spock anymore. The popularity of “Lord of the Rings” has given rise to latex prosthetics and even surgical modification.
George Anders’s “You Can Do Anything” and Randall Stross’s “A Practical Education” argue for the value of a liberal education in today’s economy.
Rachel Seiffert’s novel “A Boy in Winter” probes the bonds and betrayals in a Ukrainian town as it succumbs to Hitler’s armies.
In her new memoir, “Rabbit,” the standup comedian tells how she overcame a young life of poverty and drug dealing to become a performer.
“Cultural Revolution Selfies,” a new book by Wang Qiuhang, includes subversive images, taken during China’s Cultural Revolution, of the photographer himself.
In an age of alternative facts, “fan fiction” about celebrities (living and dead) has become more popular.
George Prochnik discusses Frederick Crews’s “Freud,” and Nancy MacLean talks about “Democracy in Chains.”

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