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Justin Phillip Reed’s ‘Indecency’ Wins for Poetry; Jeffrey C. Stewart’s ‘The New Negro’ Takes the Nonfiction Prize
Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and Obama cabinet member, reviews Ed Morales’s new book on the diversity and hybridity of Latino identity.
Kiese Laymon’s memoir, “Heavy,” is a son’s unflinching portrait of a mother whose violent love and exacting expectations were meant to protect him from harm.
Andrew Roberts’s “Churchill: Walking With Destiny” tells the full story of an extraordinary life.
In “Accessory to War,” the astrophysicist offers a history of space exploration and the ways it has been aided and abetted by warfare and its needs.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
David W. Blight talks about “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” and Bob Spitz talks about “Reagan: An American Journey.”
Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future.
“The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963,” edited by Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil, includes 14 revelatory letters she wrote to her psychiatrist about the crisis in her marriage.
Video games and novels have more in common than you might think. Jeremy Klemin explains how the logic of both involves enigmas and resolutions.
The former poet laureate and author, most recently, of “Monument” came to poetic language via Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “Before I ever committed any poems to memory I had memorized his speech.”
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Hear from the firefighters, the residents and the scientists trying to find solutions.
The first lady’s memoir arrives just ahead of her multicity arena tour.
Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate’s work are brought together in “Monument.”
From 1969 to 1995, he tackled two or three books a week, making and breaking literary careers.
“ ‘The Street’ is my favorite type of novel, literary with an astonishing plot.”
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Robert Scholes’s on Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”
A cross-cultural romance, a love triangle, a fake relationship and a girl in search of her birth mom in the latest realistic Y.A. fiction.
Why do critters feature in so many memorable kids books? Novels by Sharon Creech, Carl Hiaasen and more show once again how animals help us understand the world.
The latest from Jon Agee, Matthew Cordell and more present table-turning children, pants-wearing vegetables and even a touch of gastrointestinal humor.
Finding and losing, playing and working, caring and staying true — dog books teach us about all those things while tugging at our heartstrings.
Beautifully illustrated and closely researched, these books tell fascinating stories about heroes, unsung and otherwise.
“The Letter for the King,” by the Dutch author Tonke Dragt, gets a new English edition 56 years after it first appeared. It’s a straightforward story with buckets of charm on its side.
These books for young vehicle lovers have it all: size, strength, speed — even kindness. And a dog.
In “Becoming,” she talked about suffering a miscarriage, relying on IVF to conceive and the challenges of being the first African-American first lady.
Take note, parents! If a kid likes a book, it’s almost a guarantee he’ll like the sequel. Here are new ones from Jennifer L. Holm, Tim Federle and more.
“Tales From the Inner City,” by the acclaimed Shaun Tan, uses weird, striking images to tell stories about how we share the earth with creatures.
Parents are no help at all as the young protagonists in new books by Matt Phelan, Kenneth Oppel and more battle dinosaurs, mutant cats and other foes.
The artist Gusti has created a picture book about how he came to embrace the richness of life with his special-needs son. Adults and children alike will be moved by “Mallko and Dad.”
Knockout illustrations and storytelling elevate inspiring books by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, Laura Lippman and Kate Samworth and more.
A graphic retelling of the American poet’s ascent to stardom.
Lessons about war from the American Revolution, the Civil War, medieval Britain and West Africa.
A dead soul migrates from person to person in Martin Riker’s inventive debut novel, “Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return.”
A scholar, a World Bank economist teaming up with a novelist, and a fiery young activist attempt to write the next pages of the history of women’s rights.
Kenji Miyazawa, who died in 1933, was one of Japan’s most beloved poets. Now, in “Once and Forever,” his magical short stories are available in English.
Sisonke Msimang’s graceful new memoir reckons with the challenges of figuring out who you are and where you belong when you’ve grown up all over the world.
In “The Novel of Ferrara,” Giorgio Bassani retrofits his novellas and stories into a sprawling portrait of a community destroyed by historical hatreds.
These books by the Beastie Boys, Abbi Jacobson and Justin Timberlake are about as far from standard-issue star autobiographies as you can get.
Women, even dying women, are often judged for putting their own needs first. The main characters in “The Bus on Thursday” and “Craving” know that — and they don’t care.
Andre Dubus III’s novel “Gone So Long” sets a dying ex-con on the difficult road to redemption. Will his long-estranged daughter even agree to see him?
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
Most readers haven’t noticed or been worried by omitted details or factual mistakes in the book. But is there a greater imperative for novels about the Holocaust to get basic facts correct?
Reassuring and beautiful stories from Grace Lin, Kitty Crowther and more, about kids who conquer nightmares and go off on moonlight adventures.
The author, Fletcher Knebel, who died in 1993, would likely be shocked by how prescient his political thriller was.