David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
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Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
“This is the power of ‘War With the Newts’: It leaves us staring with bewilderment at the ways that we — with our tiny acts of greed and insensitivity and willful blindness — did all this.”
Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.
Cherise Wolas’s “The Family Tabor” and Rick Gekoski’s “A Long Island Story” both witness the unraveling of prominent Jewish families.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
“We are composites of various creatures,” David Quammen says. “We are mosaics.”
The children’s book author and illustrator David Nytra draws a review of William E. Scheele’s “Prehistoric Animals.”
The very best kids’ books — like these — help the under-10 set work through their fears.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”
Back in 2012, Macy, a journalist, wrote articles about suburban heroin addiction. In a new book she’s widened her lens, exploring the roots of the national opioid crisis.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Chris Feliciano Arnold’s “The Third Bank of the River” is a reported and personal look at the problems plaguing the Amazon and its people.
In “Rising,” Elizabeth Rush surveys the new contours of an America already changed by rising waters.
In “Never Anyone but You,” Rupert Thomson reimagines the lives of the Surrealist icons Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
Two books explain the contributing factors, while a young adult novel shows the toll it takes on a teenager.
Tracy Franz’s “My Year of Dirt and Water” considers the paradoxical experience of being married to a Buddhist monk, cloistered in a Japanese temple.
It’s not all glamour and prizes.
In his passionate new essay collection, “American Audacity,” William Giraldi fiercely emphasizes the cultural importance of high literary standards.
Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s history of the Bowery, “Devil’s Mile,” is a narrative not only of the famous street but also of New York City.
In “She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’” Joan Morgan makes a case for Hill’s artistic and historical importance while also paying attention to the stickier parts of the star’s career.
Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”
Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, is full of bizarre and harrowing stories that blend fiction and fact.
The festival also announced a period drama with Chris Pine as its opening night film.
C.J. Chivers’s “The Fighters” provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.
From Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield to Yiyun Li and Heidi Julavits, Do Diarists Ever Truly Reveal Themselves?
Charles S. Cockell’s “The Equations of Life” argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.
In “Playing Changes,” Nate Chinen argues that we’re living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.
She helped shape new ways of thinking about Jewish identity, including challenging the Zionist notion that Israel must be honored as the homeland.
“A Bite-Sized History of France” covers wines, cheeses and the invention of canned food preservation.
Sales are falling and critics say the company lacks a direction, sometimes seeming to give priority to sales of gifts and tchotchkes over books.
In “I Can’t Date Jesus,” Michael Arceneaux writes with humor about his Catholic childhood in Houston and his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality.
Naipaul, who died at 85 on Saturday, was a self-styled heir to Joseph Conrad, and a legitimate one.
Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.