“I’ve had a lot of young women tell me my books were a friend in high school when they didn’t have many,” Dessen says. “Man, I know that feeling.”
The novelist and journalist, whose most recent book is the memoir “Places and Names,” thinks Vronsky gets a bad rap in “Anna Karenina”: “I believe that he loved Anna, in his strange broken way.”
In “The Dreamt Land,” Mark Arax chronicles California’s attempt to control its greatest natural resource, often to detrimental effect.
Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel “Patsy” follows a Jamaican woman as she begins a new life in Brooklyn, leaving her child behind.
Linda Hirshman’s new history traces a line from sexual harassment lawsuits in the 1970s to the arraignment of Harvey Weinstein.
Psychedelics are back, now in the language of health and wellness. Michael Pollan, Ayelet Waldman, and T.C. Boyle weigh in.
A.K. Benjamin’s magnificently unsettling new book is about the “unraveling minds” of his patients, and his own history of mental illness.
Blake Crouch’s alternate-reality thriller, “Recursion,” explores identity, memory and the very things that make us human.
With her debut novel, Taffy Brodesser-Akner updates the midlife malaise story, starring a left-behind husband who suddenly becomes a single parent.
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In “Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems,” Campbell McGrath celebrates chain restaurants, rock music and the joyful raucous stupidity of pop culture.
On a cold December night in 1926, Agatha Christie went out in her beloved Morris Crowley roadster and didn’t return home for 11 days. Here’s how her disappearance played out.
“The Body in Question,” a mordantly intelligent novel by Jill Ciment, features a sensational crime, a sequestered jury and a torrid love affair.
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Herman Koch’s “The Ditch” uses an insecure mayor’s doubts about his marriage to probe larger cultural uncertainties in the “civilized” Netherlands.
Robert Menasse’s new novel, set in Brussels, makes infighting at the European Union not just interesting but funny.
A book, “World of Nobu,” looks at the chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant empire through recipes and profiles.
Oscar Cásares’s “Where We Come From” avoids easy stereotypes to offer a story about an immigrant teenager trying to reunite with his father.
Tim Bouverie’s “Appeasement” describes the many ways the British government avoided standing up to Hitler.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of “BoJack Horseman,” makes his book debut with “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.”


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