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Ms. Woodson, a best-selling children’s book author, will travel the country, speaking to kids in schools, libraries, juvenile detention centers and other underserved areas.
Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.
Daniel Mendelsohn on his fondness of literary criticism, the classics and books about home decor and haute couture.
James Lee Burke and Peter Lovesey dig up murderers while Katherine Hall Page caters a possibly fatal party and Ray Celestin channels Al Capone.
Building on what his father began, Mr. Bass ultimately oversaw a bustling emporium housing “18 miles of books” in Lower Manhattan, with outposts here and there.
Three books delve into mass transit and the creation of the subway.
A. J. Finn’s psychological thriller is about a woman who believes she’s witnessed a crime in a neighboring building.
Ian Black’s “Enemies and Neighbors” sees no clear solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Two new books by Kate Cole-Adams and Henry Jay Przybylo look at the mysteries of anesthesia.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
A unique chronicle written from the Gulag emerged after 70 years, requiring dogged detective work to unearth the author’s identity.
Hermione Hoby’s first novel is about characters struggling to connect to their desires in the months before Hurricane Sandy hits New York.
A book about the photographer by his longtime business manager has drawn criticism from Avedon’s friends and colleagues, who say it is riddled with errors and falsehoods.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Poor black lives weren’t depicted in the serious fiction of Hughes’s day. As Angela Flournoy notes, his debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” changed that.
Two new books, by Martin Puchner and Abigail Williams, explore how literature has shaped human society.
Endowed by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts awards went to Lisa Robertson, Anne Boyer and Fred Moten.
Quatro’s first novel, following an acclaimed collection of stories, is about
Nicholas Kristof recommends books about one of the most closed countries on Earth.
In Daniel Alarcón’s “The King Is Always Above the People,” young men in new situations find out who they really are.


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