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These four masterly collections migrate from a plant nursery in Maine to a Buddhist temple in Japan, pursuing unlikely connections and flashes of enlightenment.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
Rebekah Frumkin’s debut, “The Comedown,” is the drugs-and-crime tragedy of two Cleveland clans discovering the fluidity of life and of the self.
An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.
In her collection “Yeah No,” Jane Gregory adopts an otherworldly voice like a medium channeling signals from the great elsewhere.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
In “Selfie,” Will Storr searches for the roots of Western narcissism, a journey that takes him from a Scottish cloister to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel “The Seas” will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: “I enjoy all these books. I just hope I’ll never need them to survive.”
Peter Ackroyd’s “Queer City” is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.
In “The End of the French Intellectual,” Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country’s most oppressed people.
Matthew Dickman’s new collection of poems, “Wonderland,” revisits his teenage years.
In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.
“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”
Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.
Nell Painter’s “Old in Art School” and Aruna D’Souza’s “Whitewalling” bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.
A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling’s magical world.
The debate is likely to grow more contentious as writers and professors take sides in this #MeToo era.
Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of “There There,” his quietly devastating debut.
In her debut, “The Map of Salt and Stars,” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.
In “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” Terrance Hayes expresses ambivalence and grief for his country.


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