The reform school at the center of Whitehead’s new novel (his first since “The Underground Railroad”) is more like a prison where the inmates are brutalized and even killed.
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An intimate account of the 2015 hate crime and its aftermath, “Grace Will Lead Us Home,” by Jennifer Berry Hawes, explores how those affected struggled to carry on.
Amber Scorah’s memoir, “Leaving the Witness,” recounts a tale of disillusion and ultimate apostasy as she decides to turn away from the faith she’s known since birth.
Clay Risen’s “The Crowded Hour” describes the campaign that turned a politician into a legend.
The cultural critic and author, most recently, of the story collection “Raised in Captivity” also says that he trusts librarians’ literary opinions: “They have no agenda and plenty of free time.”
Svetlana Alexievich’s newly translated oral history, “Last Witnesses,” presents the recollections of Russians who experienced World War II as children.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Will discusses “The Conservative Sensibility,” and David Maraniss talks about “A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father.”
The cover is clean and brand-new, the pages are crisp — and then your vacation begins. Jessica Olien illustrates the path to the dog-eared and waterlogged.
Beach books are the cool aunts of the literary world: They drive with the top down and take you to new places. They’re memorable, challenging, warm and wise.
Stevens’s “The Making of a Justice” is both a personal memoir and a meditation on the law.
“A Good American Family,” by David Maraniss, examines the paranoia and brutality of the McCarthy era through the lens of his father’s experience.
Alexandra Popoff has written a biography of Vasily Grossman, the Soviet writer whose masterpiece, “Life and Fate,” compared Stalin’s regime to Hitler’s.
The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his new novel, and Jon Gertner talks about “The Ice at the End of the World.”
A selection of recent visual books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Ruthless and treacherous, the characters in these books may be kings, queens and pawns, but they act a lot like the people at a teenager’s lunch table.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
The cartoonist Will McPhail works through his feelings about Nora Ephron’s classic divorce book by baking a pie.
Nesbo’s new novel, “The Knife,” made Marilyn Stasio’s skin crawl, so she followed it with less grisly fare, including a mystery set at a summer cottage in Maine.
That year seems to have been a turning point: For the first time, books by women sold as well — or better than — books by men.
An intrepid newspaper reporter — juggling work, desire, ambition and family — investigates two murders in mid-1960s Baltimore.
In these three summer thrillers — by Ruth Ware, Adrian McKinty and Alex North — children are in peril.
Responses to a recent issue of the Sunday Book Review.
Bianca Marais’s “If You Want to Make God Laugh” shines a light on the racial inequalities of the post-apartheid era.
Courtney Maum’s “Costalegre” is narrated by the 15-year-old daughter of an American art collector, and set in the Mexican jungle.
David Roberts’s “Escalante’s Dream” retraces the 1,700-mile journey of an expedition led by two Spanish friars in the 18th-century Southwest.
When the thriller writer Lisa Gardner needed to research a new book, she toured the facility that has made death into a science.
Men are more likely to be involved in violent crime — as perpetrators and victims — but women love to read about it. Kate Tuttle considers the gendered attractions of the genre.