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In this author’s universe, hallucinatory imaginings bleed into daily life, where reality itself can seem like a fevered nightmare.
Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son,” peopled his novels, stories and poems with drifters, addicts, inmates and spies.
Janet Maslin’s roundup of 16 books to read this summer includes a stunner of a cop novel, a satire of the wealthy, sidesplitting essays and a classical mystery for fans of Agatha Christie.
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
Here’s what Emma Straub, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Lethem, Louise Erdrich, Judy Blume and Jeff Kinney are reading and recommending to bookstore customers.
By the Book: Al Franken: By the BookThu, 25 May 2017 09:00:03 GMT
The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”
On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics.
Mike Rapport talks about “The Unruly City,” and Dan Egan discusses “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”
The author of “Adulting” and Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter discuss manners at a museum, on the subway, at a co-working space and at a restaurant.
Ferrante talks about the upcoming adaptation of her popular novel.
Open Book: Hamilton Minus MusicFri, 26 May 2017 18:19:35 GMT
“The Essential Hamilton” collects examples of the founding father’s personal and political writings.
The poet has won similar contests for Amtrak, Los Angeles and even the Dollar Shave Club.
Scott Turow quits Illinois for The Hague in “Testimony,” and hits the best-seller list at No. 6.
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles.
The Shortlist: Missing PersonsFri, 26 May 2017 09:00:15 GMT
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.
Poem: WhirlFri, 26 May 2017 09:00:03 GMT
Selected by Matthew Zapruder.
Letters to the EditorFri, 26 May 2017 09:00:01 GMT
Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more.
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
12 New Books We Recommend This WeekThu, 25 May 2017 21:47:37 GMT
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Need some Memorial Day weekend reading? Crack open Eddie Joyce’s debut novel and join our columnist Ginia Bellafante for a live discussion online on Tuesday evening.
Bookshelf: Guides for Exploring New YorkThu, 25 May 2017 21:07:07 GMT
From the changing demographics of the No. 7 train to the ruins of Jewish resorts in the Catskills, new publications reveal the metropolitan area.
In “What We Lose,” Zinzi Clemmons explores the aftermath of a mother’s death.
Alain Mabanckou’s latest novel, “Black Moses,” captures life in his homeland, the Congo Republic.
Claire Cameron’s new novel, “The Last Neanderthal,” imagines the life of a Cro-Magnon girl struggling to survive some 40,000 years ago.
Weike Wang drew on her experience at a Harvard lab to write her debut novel.
A trainer in Douglas Brunt’s new novel levels accusations against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others that are likely to leap off the pages into a public debate.
Paperback RowThu, 25 May 2017 16:17:07 GMT
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
The memoir, “A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back,” which will be published on Nov. 7, will cover Mr. Hallberg’s career as a star dancer.
With “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” Mary V. Dearborn becomes the first woman to tackle a full-scale life of that hypermasculine writer.
In “The Stricken Field,” the American journalist Martha Gelhorn confronted a simmering refugee crisis.
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States.


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