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Design That’s Got Users in Mind
In “User Friendly,” Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant recount America’s long history of making products that take people’s needs into account.
Cult of the Literary Sad Woman
From Jean Rhys to Joan Didion, fiction is awash in female suffering. Leslie Jamison considers affliction’s allure — and its more promising alternatives.
Garry Shandling’s Riotous Scrapbook
“It’s Garry Shandling’s Book,” edited by Judd Apatow, brims with photos, diary excerpts, reminiscences, newspaper clippings, script pages and more.
Murder at Lake Maggiore
Piero Chiara’s existential thriller “The Bishop’s Bedroom” explores a dangerous game of deception in the years just after World War II.
Songs of Survival and Rebellion
Their music spans genres and generations, but six iconic performers strike a similar chord in their new memoirs. The dominant note? Honesty.
What Tweets and Emojis Did to the Novel
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.
Why Movie Musicals Work
Jeanine Basinger’s “The Movie Musical!” is an encyclopedic tribute to musicals past and present.
How to Beat the Market
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.