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“Very often, the identity labels we use tell you much less than you might think,” Kwame Anthony Appiah says.
Sally Rooney, a funny, cerebral Marxist from Dublin, wrote a novel about people like her. She didn’t expect it to be a smash hit.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Emily Dickinson’s letters and poems.
Four new books — from Peter Mayle, Eric Hazan, Mark Greenside and the team of Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell — explore the riches of Gallic culture.
In Ceridwen Dovey’s new novel, a wealthy benefactor and his much younger protégée resume contact after a 17-year break.
In “Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods,” the usually scathing critic William Logan unearths the historical context behind some beloved poems.
When the Barlows — eccentric academics — and the lawyerly Cohens meet at their children’s rehearsal dinner in Grace Dane Mazur’s novel, polite chatter soon skids off the rails.
“Notes From the Fog” features the author’s trademark humor and a vision of society both devastatingly bleak and seemingly plausible.
Ron Stallworth joined the Klan as a black detective working undercover in 1978. Now his memoir, “Black Klansman,” is a best seller — and an acclaimed film.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
In hiding for 12 years, Roberto Saviano is starting to realize that he’s not so different from the people he writes about. He’s not afraid to die, he wants to live, but he wants vengeance.
Amazon Prime’s reboot of the Tom Clancy spy hero is still a Boy Scout and he’s still determined to save the world the American way.
The dark, dangerous realities are not glossed over, but they’re presented with a gentle touch by these storytellers and artists.
In both Lea Carpenter’s “Red, White, Blue” and Dan Fesperman’s “Safe Houses,” a daughter learns more about the death of a parent who worked for the C.I.A.
Here are three short novels to enjoy before summer is over.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
The author, most recently, of ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ is moved by ‘discretion and modesty’ in literature: ‘As a very British sort of Briton, I have an affection for the stiff upper lip, the emotion unvoiced, the desire undeclared.’
In “This Mournable Body,” Tsitsi Dangarembga revisits the indomitable protagonist of “Nervous Conditions,” her prizewinning first novel, and find her still struggling but unbowed.
Fear not — there are books and consultants to help you figure out if you even want a child.

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