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“The Art of Death” chronicles the death of the author’s mother, as well as the ways other writers, from Tolstoy to Didion, have treated the end of life.
Daniel H. Weiss has sold a book about America’s experience in the Vietnam era to Public Affairs, he confirmed Monday. He became the museum’s top official this month.
Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea don’t seem so different in Nick Laird’s new novel, “Modern Gods.”
In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida argues that the revival of central cities has made them more unequal and more segregated.
The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.
From “The Vagina Monologues” to “The End of Eddy,” here are 25 books by and about L.G.B.T.Q. individuals that have shaped the genre.
Neal Stephenson and the novelist Nicole Galland have teamed up on a fantasy story, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” at No. 11 in hardcover fiction.
In a new book, Joan C. Williams says progressives have a strategic and ethical responsibility to try to understand the white working class.
A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.
Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.
Helene Stapinski has been haunted by the thought of her “criminal genes.” In “Murder in Matera,” she investigates her family’s past.
Fred Kaplan’s “Lincoln and the Abolitionists” emphasizes the distance between them.
These writers range widely, giving free play to their personal aesthetics and their avid curiosity.
In “A Fine Mess,” David Cay Johnston cites examples from Estonia to New Zealand of how tax redesigns can drive economic success.
For centuries, the mysteries of egg and sperm eluded even the greatest minds, Edward Dolnick writes in “The Seeds of Life.”
Susan Rieger’s novel “The Heirs” pits an upper-crust New York family against two young men claiming a piece of the patriarch’s estate.
In Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” a lonely woman strikes up a relationship with a feral fox.
Jennifer Latson’s “The Boy Who Loved Too Much” follows the story of a child with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition, who meets the world with unshakeable affection.
Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country” poses the question: How does a studious American boy, the child of prosperous Iranian immigrants, fall into radical Islam?
Six new paperbacks of interest this week.

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