Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
“God is not dead in L’Heureux stories,” one critic wrote. “He’s simply absent, joking or malicious.” A former priest, L’Heureux wrote more than 20 books.
The poets, from 10 different states, will receive a combined $1 million to establish projects like writing workshops and readings in their communities.
The directionless heroines of Jen Beagin’s “Vacuum in the Dark” and Halle Butler’s “The New Me” follow in the footsteps of Ottessa Moshfegh and Catherine Lacey.
It wasn’t until her latest book, “In My Mind’s Eye,” was serialized on BBC that many of her neighbors realized there was a celebrity in their midst.
The poet, essayist and environmentalist cites Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” as an inspiration: “Ovid in a sense tried to write the entire Roman story. I take it as a challenge to look for the storyteller of the planet.”
The romance novelist Cristiane Serruya has been accused of copying passages from dozens of writers.
Anne Harrington’s “Mind Fixers” traces the history of attempts to establish the biology of mental illnesses — which have led to repeated frustration.
Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, decided to downgrade her tech two years ago. It has worked out, with paper and DVDs instead of the latest apps and gizmos.
In “The Lost Gutenberg,” Margaret Davis traces the colorful history of a rare Bible through its owners.
Mary Norris’s “Greek to Me” is an exuberant account of a decades-long obsession with a culture and its language.
Michael Dobbs’s “The Unwanted” describes the plight of European Jews trying to escape extermination by the Nazis.
The narrator of Aysegul Savas’s “Walking on the Ceiling” writes from present-day Istanbul, remembering time she spent adrift in Paris and London after the death of her mother.
For almost 40 years, in the extreme suburbs and the diminishing countryside, Baker has worked to see and describe things as though for the first time.
In “The Thirty-Year Genocide,” the Israeli historians Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi detail the slaughter of Turkey’s Christian minorities.
In her new essay collection, “Nanaville,” the novelist and former Times columnist writes about what she’s learned since becoming a grandmother.
A selection of recent poetry books (plus Whitman’s ruminations); and a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
The new book by the historian Kristin L. Hoganson explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America’s “insulated core” — the wellspring of its values and identity.
In “The Last Job,” Dan Bilefsky explores a famous London robbery that was masterminded by a 76-year-old pensioner.
Read about the country’s decades long civil war and its toll on the Sri Lankan people.


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