In “Furious Hours,” Casey Cep investigates the Alabama murder case that was to have been the focus of Lee’s second book — as well as the famously reclusive writer herself, plumbing the mystery of her 50-year silence.
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In his two World War II novels of the 1970s, Wouk — who died this week — brought psychological insight to genocide, its perpetrators and bystanders. Adelle Waldman explains.
The septuagenarian filmmaker’s latest collection of essays, “Mr. Know-It-All,” is just what its subtitle promises: “The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.”
Stevens’s “The Making of a Justice” is both a personal memoir and a meditation on the law.
Bee Wilson’s “The Way We Eat Now” delves into the startling consequences of the globalization that has revolutionized our relationship to food.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Casey Cep discusses “Furious Hours,” and Eliza Griswold talks about “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.”
The actor brings a new, restrained lilt to James Joyce’s 1916 classic.
Jayson Greene’s book is an emotional and loving tribute to his toddler daughter, Greta, killed by a falling brick in New York City in 2015.
George Packer’s biography of Holbrooke, “Our Man,” is a complex portrait of a complex man who had power, but never enough.
Christina Thompson’s “Sea People” tells the story of the people of Polynesia and their “discovery,” while Peter Moore’s “Endeavour” looks at the ship that made that encounter possible.
Julia Phillips’s “Disappearing Earth” explores the lives of interconnected women in far eastern Russia after a horrific crime.
“Red Birds,” a new novel by the Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif, satirizes America’s never-ending military conflicts in the Middle East.
Brenda Wineapple’s “The Impeachers” is a revealing history of the trial of Andrew Johnson in 1868.
Tyler Cowen’s new book delivers a “love letter” to capitalism, a system he argues is better than all the rest.
Leah Hager Cohen’s novel “Strangers and Cousins” uses a vibrant, anarchic family wedding to explore the way change can be both celebrated and feared.
The publishing house dismissed Gary Fisketjon, a longtime editor who worked with such literary stars as Raymond Carver, Annie Dillard and Cormac McCarthy.
In “Upheaval,” Jared Diamond asks whether countries can draw lessons from how individuals confront personal difficulties.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
A selection of recent visual books; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
The son of Varian Fry, and several others, weigh in on Cynthia Ozick’s review of Julie Orringer’s novel “The Flight Portfolio.”
In “Orange World,” surrealism is grounded in the real anxieties of our age.
That’s what Casey Cep tries to figure out in “Furious Hours,” which enters the nonfiction best-seller list this week at No. 6.
Grace Talusan’s “The Body Papers” traces the harrowing challenges she’s faced in both the public and private spheres.
In Molly Dektar’s debut, a young woman falls in with a cult of eco-terrorists.
These new takes on beloved old stories deliver empowered princesses and racial diversity while staying true to the genre’s stark, dangerous heart.
Four reminiscences of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, from farming communities in California and South Dakota to the suburbs of New York.
Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column enters a dangerous online world, then jumps to a very real drug gang, a hit man in a hospital and a dog with a death sentence.
A dishy look at the art world’s most powerful gallerists — including Larry Gagosian and David Zwirner — “Boom,” by Michael Shnayerson, recounts how artworks became multimillion-dollar commodities.
Laura Barnett’s novel “Greatest Hits” uses the creation of a retrospective album to explore a woman’s tempestuous life in music.
The singer-songwriter, whose new memoir is “No Walls and the Recurring Dream,” says her shelves contain “poetry for when my mind is spinning” and “a bunch of learn-how-to-meditate books that don’t seem to be helping.”
In this debut collection, daily lives in the barrio bespeak a universal American condition.
The former F.B.I. deputy director recounts his short-lived tenure as a key player in the Trump administration.
The actor, best known for his role on “The Office,” revives Norton Juster’s 1960 classic children’s story.
Adam Gopnik’s “A Thousand Small Sanities” is an argument against the illiberal left, even though Gopnik accepts some of its premises.
Vietnam, Watergate and the first moonwalk mark the characters in “America Was Hard to Find,” a sweeping novel by Kathleen Alcott.
Her autobiography, a biography and a cultural critic’s take give insight into the star’s long career.
In her stunning exposé “Bottle of Lies,” Katherine Eban describes a world of generic drug manufacturing rife with corruption and life-threatening misdeeds.
McCullough’s “The Pioneers” tells of the good intentions behind the creation of Ohio.
The depressed protagonist of Binnie Kirshenbaum’s novel “Rabbits for Food” has trouble connecting with others, but she is alert to the sanity of the insane.