Fraught friendships, coming-of-age stories, Supreme Court drama and more.
Sanam Maher’s “A Woman Like Her” tells the story of Qandeel Baloch, a figure of intense fascination and outrage who insisted on living on her own terms.
An excerpt from “Why We’re Polarized,” by Ezra Klein
An excerpt from “Run Me to Earth,” by Paul Yoon
An excerpt from “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,” by Kim Ghattas
Kim Ghattas’s “Black Wave” examines the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran that is tearing the Middle East apart.
Debut fiction by Nicole Flattery, Miriam Cohen and Nicolette Polek unearths the uncanny.
Donna Rifkind’s “The Sun and Her Stars” recounts the story of Salka Viertel, little remembered today but a major presence in Golden Age Hollywood.
“Run Me to Earth,” a new novel by Paul Yoon, examines the devastating toll of mass violence and loss on a handful of survivors.
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
In “Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond,” Lydia Denworth explores the growing, cross-species science of friendships — how they work and why.
Fred Kaplan’s “The Bomb” explains how the United States plans to fight a nuclear war.
Ezra Klein’s “Why We’re Polarized” seeks to explain what has changed in our electoral politics and why our differences are so hard to overcome.
In “Invisible Americans,” the veteran journalist Jeff Madrick lays out a simple solution to child poverty, a condition that affects 17.5 percent of this country’s kids.
Rashid Khalidi’s “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine” argues that the Palestinian point of view has been ignored by American policymakers.
In “Billion Dollar Brand Club,” Lawrence Ingrassia traces the rise of the direct-to-consumer revolution.
Sarah DiGregorio’s new book combines memoir and reporting to explore changing treatments for babies born early.
In Andrew David MacDonald’s debut novel, “When We Were Vikings,” a young woman on the fetal alcohol syndrome spectrum is obsessed with Norse culture.
Jessica Stern’s “My War Criminal” recounts the time she spent with Radovan Karadzic, the Serbian leader implicated in atrocities committed in the 1990s.
In a new biography, David G. Marwell tells the whole story of the notorious Nazi, down to the discovery of his bones.


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