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Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.
“CoDex 1962,” by the Icelandic cult writer Sjon, is a trippy, philosophical, shaggy-dog novel combining a love story, a crime mystery and a science-fiction thriller in one.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the relationship between science and war, what he would do with a $700 billion research budget and why he’s in favor of a space force.
The Japanese novelist’s latest book, “Killing Commendatore,” features a stymied artist, a haunted painting and a host of paranormal mysteries.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
New books by Jose Antonio Vargas, José Olivarez and Julissa Arce explore what being part of mixed-status families, in which either they or their relatives were undocumented, has meant to them.
A journalist’s traumatic story of epilepsy and his struggle to have it treated seriously, and properly, in his college years.
Professor Lobel was among the first historians to explore the economic and social elements of city life in the 19th century through the lens of eating.
“Unsheltered” threads the story of a present-day family struggling in New Jersey with that of a 19th-century science teacher who had lived on the same property.
The message here: A library is much more than its books.
Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” is an absorbing account of the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Central Library and a homage to libraries everywhere.
Jill Soloway is building a gender-free empire.
Jessie Greengrass discusses her first novel, about a woman remembering her mother and grandmother as she decides whether to have children herself.
She read 171 books for the prestigious literary prize. “On Oct. 17, I’m going to sit down and read a book I have no obligation to read,” she said.
Los Angeles has long been the perfect backdrop from crime writers. This map of the city will help you find the setting for nine books, classic and new.
“It wouldn’t have been exciting before Trump,” Michael Lewis says of “The Fifth Risk.” “I think Trump’s electrified all the material.”
Tyson’s new book shows how the technologies that advanced our knowledge of the universe were designed with military advantage in mind.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Paula Giddings on Steven R. Carter’s “Hansberry’s Drama.
New novels about road trips, summer jobs and first love as well as darker realities: mental illness, body issues, the threat of gun violence.
In “If You Love Me,” Maureen Cavanagh chronicles her family’s journey through her daughter Katie’s heroin addiction.

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