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“Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, and “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis’s environmental history, each explore the terrain of an unmoored state.
The details of “American War,” Omar El Akkad’s dystopian novel about an unraveling United States, makes his fictional future feel alarmingly real.
Frances FitzGerald’s “The Evangelicals” is an examination of how politics and conservative Protestantism became intertwined.
According to Tiffany Dufu’s “Drop the Ball” and Stephen Marche’s “The Unmade Bed,” there’s a solution to those impossible household to-do lists: Quit.
Adventures in Comics and the Real WorldSun, 26 Mar 2017 21:11:09 GMT
America Chavez, a gay, Latina Marvel superhero written by a gay Latina writer, joins a growing list of diverse comic characters.
Elif Batuman’s new novel, “The Idiot,” is a rejoinder to the pressure on literature to serve as self-help.
By the Book: Fran Lebowitz: By the BookTue, 21 Mar 2017 20:11:26 GMT
The humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”
This essay collection finds a firebrand author railing against modern feminism and groupthink at American universities.
The “Glee” actor and best-selling author, whose latest young adult novel is “Stranger Than Fanfiction,” talks about a rite of passage.
Claudia Rankine Wins Bobbitt Poetry PrizeTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:48:08 GMT
The prize, awarded for her book “Citizen: An American Lyric,” comes with $10,000.
“The Inheritance” is about five siblings (out of six) who inherited a genetic mutation that leads to early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Essay: Luck and the Death PenaltyTue, 28 Mar 2017 10:00:01 GMT
This 2002 essay by the playwright Arthur Miller was meant to assist a campaign to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.
The writer recounted the story of the Baroness de Pontalba, a New Orleans-born heiress shot by her French father-in-law in a dowry dispute.
Mr. Storey’s plays often reflected Britain’s class tensions but resonated with audiences around the world and with people of all backgrounds.
Front Burner: A Drinker’s Guide to RumMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:11:04 GMT
“Rum: The Manual” covers the history of the world’s most diverse spirit.
Norman Ohler’s “Blitzed” shows that the Nazis were drug-fueled, with methamphetamines for the public and opiates for The Fuhrer.
Ann Shoket, a former editor at Seventeen and at CosmoGirl, has just published the book focusing on her readers’ next challenges.
The photographer Richard Renaldi, who loves the night life, stationed himself outside of Roseland, Pacha and other New York City clubs, and captured patrons as they left at dawn.
In “The Rules Do Not Apply,” a writer for The New Yorker interrogates the hoary conceit of “having it all” after a harrowing miscarriage and divorce.
In “The Arrangement,” a couple devise a “six-month-long adultery program.”
Domenico Starnone and Jhumpa Lahiri talk about “Ties,” and Mary Otto discusses “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.”
In a new Hemingway biography, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy,” the historian Nicholas Reynolds details his subject’s work for a precursor to the K.G.B.
Open Book: The Head Honcho’s Head HonchoFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:56:41 GMT
“The Gatekeepers” is a look at how chiefs of staff have advised, cautioned and encouraged presidents.
Dan Chaon’s haunting, strikingly original new novel, “Ill Will,” is a foray into recovered memories and serial killing.
In “The Barrowfields,” a debut novel by Philip Lewis, a son tries to come to terms with the weight of his family’s past.
James Barron unveils the history of the most expensive stamp ever printed in “The One-Cent Magenta.”
The Shortlist: Irish FictionFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:15 GMT
Three new works of Irish fiction by Jess Kidd, Caitriona Lally and John Toomey.
Letters to the EditorFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:01 GMT
Readers respond to “The Gestapo,” reading Proust and more.
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s story collection, “Temporary People,” riffs on the plight of South Asian guest workers in the Gulf states.
“This Long Pursuit” puts us on the ground with the master biographer Richard Holmes and the elusive lives he inhabits.
Jaroslav Kalfar’s zany debut novel, “Spaceman of Bohemia,” features a Czech astronaut with a lot of baggage back on Earth. Hari Kunzru reviews.
In “The Invention of Angela Carter,” Edmund Gordon showcases a British writer whose novels combined fantasy and feminism.
Months later, the response to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize remains mixed. Our poetry columnist weighs in.
11 New Books We Recommend This WeekThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:49:54 GMT
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
What is behind the fascination with the real-life connections between an author and her work?
Professor Kwong was a scholar, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, charting the history of Chinese newcomers in the United States.
In Malin Persson Giolito’s novel “Quicksand,” a privileged teenager relates her role in a mass killing at a Stockholm school.

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