The new book by Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven residents of bankrupt Detroit, exposing the effects of decades of disinvestment and failed urban policy.
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In “User Friendly,” Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant recount America’s long history of making products that take people’s needs into account.
At first glance, Robert Harris’s new novel, “The Second Sleep,” appears to be set in 15th-century Britain. Then things get tricky.
“Light Break” and “The Sound I Saw” capture the full scope of the 20th-Century Harlem photographer’s career.
From Jean Rhys to Joan Didion, fiction is awash in female suffering. Leslie Jamison considers affliction’s allure — and its more promising alternatives.
Maddow’s “Blowout” details the political problems caused by our reliance on fossil fuels.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Nicholas Buccola talks about “The Fire Is Upon Us,” and Saeed Jones discusses “How We Fight for Our Lives.”
“It’s Garry Shandling’s Book,” edited by Judd Apatow, brims with photos, diary excerpts, reminiscences, newspaper clippings, script pages and more.
“The Fire Is Upon Us,” by Nicholas Buccola, is at once a biography of two leading American intellectuals and an in-depth look at their legendary 1965 debate over civil rights.
In his new collection of essays, the author reflects on growing up black and privileged, and the legacy of his parents’ civil rights activism.
Contemporary actors revivify E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” and an unpublished work by Dr. Seuss.
Three new books by medical professionals delve into the human emotions involved in tending to the gravely ill.
Piero Chiara’s existential thriller “The Bishop’s Bedroom” explores a dangerous game of deception in the years just after World War II.
A new coffee table book revisits the publishing histories of novels like Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility.
James Kaplan’s “Irving Berlin” traces a celebrated life that extended over 100 years.
Their music spans genres and generations, but six iconic performers strike a similar chord in their new memoirs. The dominant note? Honesty.
The digital age ushered in new ways of reading — and revived old ones (the scroll and the ideogram). Could it also explain the rise of autofiction? Charles Finch considers.
A large-scale memoir-in-images, simply titled “Rihanna,” is the latest in the musician-turned-mogul’s luxury offerings.
“The Corner That Held Them,” by Sylvia Townsend Warner, and “Medieval Bodies,” by Jack Hartnell, consider the pleasures and perils of life in the Middle Ages.
An excerpt from “Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises,’ by Jodie Adams Kirshner
An excerpt from “The Second Sleep,” by Robert Harris
Dexter Palmer’s novel “Mary Toft; Or, The Rabbit Queen” spins an actual case of scientific fraud into a cracking tale about the nature of belief.
A selection of recent visual books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
A writer tells the story of a region through the lens of one well-documented clan.
An excerpt from “The Siberian Dilemma,” by Martin Cruz Smith
Three new visual books reveal dancers past and present in intimate moments.
Two new art books explore our corporeal selves in vivid detail.
Season 3 has finally arrived. Brush up on the House of Windsor with these titles.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
It took eight years, but the author of “The Night Circus” is back, and she has another bestseller.
Rob Kapilow’s “Listening for America” explains how to distinguish good from bad in the Great American Songbook.
Guillermo del Toro and his co-writer, Cornelia Funke, stay faithful to the script, but ramp up the bleakness in this tale of a princess living through a brutal war.
In Thanhha Lai’s “Butterfly Yellow,” a Vietnamese refugee finds the brother taken from her family as a toddler. Much more than just time separates them.
Jeanine Basinger’s “The Movie Musical!” is an encyclopedic tribute to musicals past and present.
In Andy Warhol’s diaries, first published 30 years ago, the legendary bon vivant kept meticulous track of cab fare.
In 1958, Langston Hughes wrote for The Times about “Notes of a Native Son,” James Baldwin’s 1955 collection of essays meditating on race in America and Europe.
In “Novel Houses,” Christina Hardyment conducts tours of 20 famous fictional dwellings and the real places that inspired their creators.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Deirdre Bair’s memoir, “Parisian Lives,” takes readers behind the scenes as, early in her career, she grapples with two towering literary figures.
Martin Cruz Smith’s latest Russian thriller leads off Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column, which also includes a new Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child.
“Seeing what people worried about or complained about a hundred years ago always gives a lot of perspective,” says the creator of the web comic XKCD, whose new book is “How To.”
In his latest novel, Benjamin Markovits revisits the Essinger family, this time at their home in Texas. Luckily for the reader, their lives are far from perfect.
Orlando Patterson’s “The Confounding Island” is a sociologist’s analysis of his birthplace as well as a personal memoir of affection and failure.
Gregory Zuckerman’s “The Man Who Solved the Market” tells the extraordinary story of an investor (not named Warren Buffett) who made a fortune on Wall Street.