In “The Grandmaster,” Brin-Jonathan Butler covers the 2016 World Chess Championship, which pit Norway’s Magnus Carlsen against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin.
Think of Ben Schott’s “Jeeves and the King of Clubs” as “Downton Abbey” with a laugh track.
With “Heresy,” Melissa Lenhardt has delivered an all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West.
John Strausbaugh’s “Victory City” describes a time of great heroes, and great villainy too.
In Samantha Harvey’s immersive new novel, “The Western Wind,” the village priest spends four days unraveling a local murder.
A book on the Weavers and another on protest songs examine the connections between music and politics.
Miranda Seymour’s dual biography, “In Byron’s Wake,” chronicles the lives of his widow, Annabella Milbanke, and his daughter, the mathematician Ada Lovelace.
The fans of her two series — the Inheritance trilogy and the Broken Earth trilogy — will find much to love in her new collection, “How Long ’Til Black Future Month?”
“Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly,” by Joshua Rivkin, the first biography of the artist, is a deeply personal work — as much about the biographer as his subject.
“City of Light,” by Rupert Christiansen, recounts Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s swift modernization of Paris in the mid-19th century.
“The Last Poets,” by Christine Otten, is a novelized account of the radical Harlem spoken-word group whose style and themes paved the way for contemporary rappers.
Massive and lavish boxed sets give Bridget Riley and Lucian Freud their due.
With seven hit novels, now the basis of a blockbuster TV show, Volker Kutscher has helped ignite a debate in Germany about whether history is repeating itself.
Jason Lutes’s “Berlin,” over two decades in the making, explores a society on the verge of collapse. One of two books reviewed in Ed Park’s Graphic Content column.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Ahead of the fifth and final season of “Broad City,” its co-creator and co-star leaves New York to see the country, finding herself (and some good laughs) along the way.
Our romance columnist, Jaime Green, picks her fall favorites.
As the weather grows wetter and colder, it’s an excellent time to hole up with fantastical new fiction.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: a vintage review of holiday books.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.


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