Nearing 50, Tommy Tomlinson weighed 460 pounds. “The Elephant in the Room” is a memoir of his lifelong relationship with food, and an account of how he tried to change it.
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When Richard Gergel was assigned to the same courtroom as J. Waties Waring, he vowed to ensure that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, Waring would “long be remembered.”
David Treuer’s “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” shows the history of American Indians as more than victimhood.
“Bluff City,” by Preston Lauterbach, delves into the double life of Ernest Withers, one of the era’s great documentarians.
In Tessa Hadley’s novel “Late in the Day,” the bonds of love and loyalty are frayed when a widow and her married friends confront the loss of her husband.
In “The Birth of Loud,” Ian Port traces the invention and evolution of the electric guitar.
“Hark” — Sam Lipsyte’s first novel since 2010’s “The Ask” — is a riff-filled skewering of contemporary culture.
A. O. Scott talks about Linn Ullmann’s new novel, and Judith Newman discusses new books about anxiety, mental illness and grief.
In Chigozie Obioma’s new novel, “An Orchestra of Minorities,” a humble Nigerian embarks on an epic quest to prove himself worthy of the woman he loves.
Calvin Trillin has turned his heartbroken memoir into a stage play that reincarnates his beloved wife and muse.
Boom! Studios will reboot Buffy and friends with a new look at their pre-college days.
On Friday, as the beloved store’s shelves approached emptiness before it relocates, it brought in the playwrights Annie Baker and Amy Herzog for a reading.
Seven books present a nuanced view of this giant’s legacy in modern American civil rights.
Marie Benedict writes books inspired by women whose achievements have been overlooked by history, including Einstein’s first wife and the film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.
Chilled to the bone? Warm up by dipping into one of these books — set in blazing hot summers, during heat waves, even in the desert.
Ali Fitzgerald illustrates the fictional characters who were notoriously impossible to pin down.
New books examine disturbing trends in modern American society.
Marilyn Stasio’s column travels from Manhattan to Australia to England to a forest that has hidden a dead body for 30 years.
In Wil Medearis’s debut, “Restoration Heights,” a young woman goes missing in a rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood.
In new novels by Brenda Woods, Dan Gemeinhart, Alicia D. Williams and more, young protagonists learn the hard way that adults don’t have all the answers.
Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” looks at the new power of behemoths like Facebook and Google.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
The Grolier Club, the nation’s oldest society of bibliophiles, just celebrated the centennial of its grand Manhattan home. Yes, there’s a secret staircase hidden in a bookshelf. No, do not use gloves in its library.
Deborah Harkness’s best-selling series — brimming with magic, time travel and witches — has spawned an avid fan base, an annual convention, and now, a splashy TV adaptation.
Oliver, the hugely popular poet, died Thursday. Readers turned to her work to find comfort. Here’s a selection of some of her best-known writing on loss and mourning.
In her novel “Unquiet” their daughter, Linn Ullmann, recaptures memories of her childhood, portraying a family that was splintered from the start.
With its plain language and minute attention to flora and fauna, her uplifting verse was widely popular and her readings drew throngs. But critics were divided.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
The author of “Adèle” and “The Perfect Nanny” (one of the Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018) likes that her shelves are a mess: “It takes me a long time to find the book I need, and very often I find another one I had totally forgotten about.”
In “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” Shoshana Zuboff methodically dissects a new economic order that exploits our “every move, emotion, utterance and desire.”
What books do we turn to as we prepare to die?
“Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” is a brief allegorical tale of a train journey into hell.
The director said his new film, “Glass,” was the toughest he has ever made. Yet the man once called “the Next Spielberg” says he is back where he wants to be.
Their claims and demands are not new.
In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.
Retail moguls toast their own struggling industry at separate gala.
Two grants will help start a new fellowship program and support the work of the Poetry Coalition.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
“Inheritance” explores the way we construct our identities, and how much our belief in a blood connection to our parents shapes how we view ourselves.
In her latest Help Desk column, Judith Newman consults three books that offer guidance to readers navigating through tense times.