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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Svetlana Alexievich’s newly translated oral history, “Last Witnesses,” presents the recollections of Russians who experienced World War II as children.
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.
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.”
Alexandra Popoff has written a biography of Vasily Grossman, the Soviet writer whose masterpiece, “Life and Fate,” compared Stalin’s regime to Hitler’s.
We’ve revisited the books that defined the season over the past 50 years — and what they reveal about the country at a particular moment.
Delia Owens returns to “Beloved” every now and then: “One sentence from Toni Morrison can inspire a lifetime of writing.”
Lara Williams’s debut novel, “Supper Club,” gathers insatiable women for bacchanalian gatherings.
Bianca Marais’s “If You Want to Make God Laugh” shines a light on the racial inequalities of the post-apartheid era.
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.
Courtney Maum’s “Costalegre” is narrated by the 15-year-old daughter of an American art collector, and set in the Mexican jungle.
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.
A selection of recent audiobooks of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
William H. Gass’s “The Tunnel” explores eerily resonant themes of midcentury Western fascism.
It’s hardly glamorous but still enticing, as reported by a young black chef, an obsessive blogger, a prickly female restaurateur and the man who made Noma famous.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
In “Whisper Network,” Chandler Baker explores the ways women protect other women in the workplace.
Literary history is filled with authors who depended on lengthy visits for room and board, psychological solace and material. But they have not always proved the most gracious guests.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In his memoir, “Places and Names,” the Marine veteran Elliot Ackerman travels to Syria and sees a refracted image of the forever wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.
During a worldwide economic collapse, the heroes of Andri Snaer Magnason’s “The Casket of Time” seal themselves in time-proof boxes. So does everyone else.