The former labor secretary Robert B. Reich reviews two new books arguing for a universal basic income: “Give People Money,” by Annie Lowrey, and “The War on Normal People,” by Andrew Yang.
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Alissa Quart’s “Squeezed” examines the problem of families at the upper edge of the middle class, struggling to survive financially in America.
The Times’s former chief book critic Michiko Kakutani, author of “The Death of Truth,” doesn’t think in terms of genre: “J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are no more Y.A. reading, to me, than John le Carré’s Smiley novels are spy stories.”
In “The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography,” the prolific British author Deborah Levy reflects on the sacrifices and satisfactions of her career.
In “Near-Death Experiences … and Others,” his new collection, the esteemed editor weighs in on romance novels, Hollywood movies and — a longstanding love — ballet.
A manuscript page from the “Lord of the Rings” author’s notebooks reveals his painstaking process of language invention.
Michael McFaul discusses “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” and Ottessa Moshfegh talks about her new novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation.”
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
In “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,” a new essay collection, the author of “The Queen of the Night” argues that writing fiction involves allowing yourself to become someone else.
In Katie Williams’s “Tell the Machine Goodnight,” there are individualized “contentment plans” that let us know how to achieve peace of mind.
Evgenia Citkowitz’s first novel, “The Shades,” follows the remorseful decline of a family in the aftermath of a daughter’s death.
In Rumaan Alam’s second novel, “That Kind of Mother,” a white woman adopts a black son. Universal truths about family and motherhood ensue.
“The Corner of the Oval” is Beck Dorey-Stein’s fresh, funny, utterly unconventional account of working for President Obama.
Beck Dorey-Stein discusses “From the Corner of the Oval,” and Caroline Weber talks about “Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-De-Siècle Paris.”
“Proust’s Duchess,” by Caroline Weber, describes the luxurious but unhappy lives of three celebrated Parisian women.
Amanda Stern’s memoir, “Little Panic,” recounts her quest to discover why she felt so different.
Young children will delight in these sweetly charming tales about sandcastles, ice cream, picnics and long walks.
He’s Norway’s greatest living writer, and two more of his novels — “T Singer” and “Armand V” — have recently been translated.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Travis Jeppesen’s “See You Again in Pyongyang” offers a glimpse into a country little known in the West.
Andrew Solomon writes about the process of converting his book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity” into a documentary.
Sure, fans can buy books on authors’ websites. But enterprising authors like Brad Thor, Anne Rice and George R.R. Martin offer tie-in merchandise as well.
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Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.
Michel Houellebecq has eerily foreseen some of the worst social developments of our time.
In “The Mercy Seat,” by Elizabeth H. Winthrop, locals in a small Louisiana town consider justice and law before a black man is to be put to death.
“The Farm,” by Héctor Abad, “In the Distance With You,” by Carla Guelfenbein, and “The Linden Tree,” by César Aira, range from rural Colombia to cosmopolitan Santiago and Peronist Argentina.
A psychopathic but oddly charming coke dealer shoots and blusters his way through “The Price You Pay,” a brilliant, blood-soaked (maybe) debut novel
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
A new book assembles 255 letters, both heartbreaking and inspiring, by the former South African president and civil rights activist, who spent more than 27 years in jail.
In Lynne Tillman’s novel “Men and Apparitions,” Zeke Stark explores how the feminist movement has affected men.
How far along is artificial intelligence and what will it do to human society? Three books ponder this question, and wonder if we and the robots can work together.