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Asked once why he was so eternally curious, Thoreau said, “What else is there in life?” In “Henry David Thoreau: A Life,” Laura Dassow Walls explores his vision.
On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, visit Walden Pond, where he once lived, in 360 video. Listen to excerpts from his book “Walden.”
The journalist and author Madeleine Blais writes of having to sell a family home on Martha’s Vineyard and swallowing hard.
From the role-playing of modern Janeites to the theatrical performances that inspired Austen’s own work, three books explore her roots and her legacy.
In Roger Steffens’s rich new oral biography, “So Much Things to Say,” the life of Jamaica’s most famous son is revealed through a chorus of crucial voices.
Two paleontologists illuminate the real-life adventures of fossil hunting, while one book takes little ones on an adventure to an island where dinosaurs roam.
Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son” and “Tree of Smoke,” will be awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Professor Silverman, a specialist in Colonial American literature, also wrote biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Houdini, Samuel B. Morse and John Cage.
“The Late Show” is a breathlessly-paced novel that introduces Renée Ballard, a tireless detective who has been banished to the night shift.
In school, the poet Matthew Zapruder writes, we are taught that poetry is inherently “difficult.” Focusing on one interesting word can change that.
Helena Kelly’s “Jane Austen: The Secret Radical” argues that Austen opposed 19th-century England’s assumptions about the social and political order.
Rebecca Stott discusses her new work of memoir and history, about life in a closed Christian world in England.
Mr. Johnson wrote pithy best-sellers, including one about the benefits of embracing change and another defining effective management.
Angie Thomas, whose debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” is No. 1 on the young adult list, has advice for authors writing about marginalized figures.
Siddhartha Deb and Benjamin Moser discuss the intersection of writing, academia and funding.
“The fight against addiction is one of America’s great liberation movements,” Christopher M. Finan writes in his introduction to “Drunks: An American History.”
Isobel Charman talks about “The Zoo,” and R. L. Stine discusses scary stories for children.
A quiet visit between friends turned into a celebratory lunch, with blue-and-white tablecloths to match the china, of course.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
In “Standard Deviation” by Katherine Heiny, a stuffy banker reconsiders his bubbly second wife.

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