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“Those Who Knew,” a new novel by Idra Novey, takes place on an unnamed island, but in a world beset by problems unnervingly like our own.
A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her life.
It turns out that people have liked to give books as gifts for a long time. Here’s a peek at how tastes have changed over the years.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian soprano.
The best-selling writer of “Prep,” “Eligible” and other novels edited “Atomic Marriage” with audio in mind.
In “Interior States,” Megan O’Gieblyn reconsiders her evangelical upbringing, and in “What if This Were Enough?” Heather Havrilesky renounces the “enforced cheer” of American culture.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir, “Becoming,” recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times’s coverage of the author and his story over the years.
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.”
At a time when many of the Soviet Union’s greatest authors left the country, he stayed, despite sometimes incurring official wrath.
In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
The elder Bush died on Friday, and the public is now reckoning with his legacy.
Donald and Patricia Oresman’s 550-piece art collection was auctioned recently. Every piece had one thing in common: people were reading in them.
The second and final volume of Zachary Leader’s “The Life of Saul Bellow” is a portrait of a writer struggling to contend with the consequences of fame.
Scholastique Mukasonga’s newly translated memoir is about the impact of the Rwandan genocide, during which 37 of her family members were killed.
In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.
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