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Biographies of the queen of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and two other giants of the genre: James Brown and Otis Redding.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Nico Walker’s “Cherry” is selling briskly. When the still-incarcerated author can use the phone again — he’s out of minutes — he may score a film deal, too.
In “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” Yossi Klein Halevi looks to explain to a hypothetical Palestinian how his people see the conflict.
In “Jell-O Girls,” Allie Rowbottom explores the history of her family, including a legacy of psychogenic illness, a result of repression and trauma.
Kevin Powers’s second novel, “A Shout in the Ruins,” tells a story that spans over a hundred years and begins with a fire at a Virginia plantation.
Prepare to be dazzled by these new works of fiction — two Norwegian, one Danish.
In their new books, Allison Varnes, Pablo Cartaya and Antony John create memorable characters who try to stand out but also, somehow, fit in.
“Fly Girls,” by Keith O’Brien, points out that Amelia Earhart wasn’t the only female pilot who defied all odds to take to the skies in the 1920s.
A cheap reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” binds “Tin Man,” Sarah Winman’s tale of love, loss and the power of art to inspire and sustain.
In “Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense,” Jenny Uglow suggests that her subject’s life was sadder than his paintings and limericks would imply.
In Ismail Kadare’s novel “The Traitor’s Niche,” the quest for a rebel pasha’s head becomes a grimly comic comment on 20th-century authoritarianism.
In “I Will Be Complete,” Glen David Gold holds his troubled mother — and his emotions — at arm’s length through a wealth of minutiae.
The Indian-Americans in Neel Patel’s “If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi” are less troubled by cultural clashes than they are by the unraveling of emotions.
He has tried everything to book the esteemed L.B.J. biographer. But he keeps saying no. “I’ll stop at nothing,” the late-night host vows.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs has written a memoir about her famous father. The details are damning, but she doesn’t want them to be.
Just in time for the new semester, the graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson draws a reflection on the trials of junior high.
The crime novelist and screenwriter George Pelecanos, whose new book is “The Man Who Came Uptown,” would want Gladys Knight to write his life story: “Music heads will get that one.”

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