Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.
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Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.
The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”
“The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992” is Tina Brown’s own record of running that influential magazine, and all the glittering prizes that came with it.
Two newly published books by the French author who pulled off one of the most elaborate literary deceptions of all time.
Seeking books about other books and about the people who contribute to, live and breathe the world of literature.
Beard discusses her new manifesto, and Hillary Chute talks about “Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.”
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
In “Vacationland,” John Hodgman wrestles with the comic trials of home ownership in Maine and Massachusetts, along with the indignities of middle age.
Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.
In Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel, a retired classics professor finds his routine existence transformed when he befriends a group of African refugees.
David Goldfield’s “The Gifted Generation” explains the importance of government.
Jonathan Keates’s “Messiah: The Composition and Afterlife of Handel’s Masterpiece” seeks to save the oratorio from centuries of misinterpretation.
Visual artists have always had an important place in children’s literature. Watch leading children’s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times’s children’s books editor, Maria Russo.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
The first of a projected trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty’s fantastical adventure novel, “The City of Brass,” riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore.
In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
It’s less the content than the plain conversational style that gets Instapoets’ work dismissed as “not real poetry.”
Coincidence? In three new books, runaway shadows break away from their owners, seeking adventure and showing off their own personalities.
A cosmic event has reshuffled epochs. It’s up to a 13-year-old with “mixed” parents — from different eras — to keep the world on course.
Melissa del Bosque investigates a paramilitary drug cartel through the lens of a valiant F.B.I. agent, revealing binational brutality in grim detail.
New books by Ricardo Piglia, Rodrigo Hasbún and Santiago Gamboa offer takes on the artistic mind.
In her best-selling essay collection, “The Last Black Unicorn,” the star of “Girls Trip” writes about growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
“I’m Just No Good at Rhyming,” the debut collection from Chris Harris and Lane Smith, includes the silly, the whimsical, the absurd and more.
Readers respond to book titles, cover art and more from previous issues.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Tom De Haven on comics.
When it comes to wintry Scandinavian lifestyle refinement, the words to know now are lykke, lagom and janteloven.
In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.