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This week’s mysteries move from a New Hampshire boarding school to a London rowhouse, with stops in New York City and a ramshackle shed in Oakland.
In his new novel, “Metamorphica” — the title is a nod to Ovid’s epic poem — Zachary Mason reworks and respins ancient Greco-Roman myths.
In her brilliant new novel, “Spinning Silver,” Naomi Novik riffs on a number of fairy tales, including the straw-into-gold classic.
As a woman of the 1950s, she said, she felt “presumptuous” about wanting a writing career, but overcame her qualms to carve out a successful one.
Chibundu Onuzo’s novel “Welcome to Lagos” sets its runaway characters adrift in the swirl of metropolitan life, where it may be impossible to hide.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
In 1956, Ernest Hemingway wrote five short stories about World War II, including “A Room on the Garden Side,” saying they could be published after he died. Three remain.
“Kissinger the Negotiator,” by James K. Sebenius, R. Nicholas Burns and Robert H. Mnookin, presents diplomacy as the art of influencing friends and adversaries.
Sophie Hannah, whose Hercule Poirot novel “The Mystery of Three Quarters” will be published this month, is addicted to self-help: “Write a book and call it something like ‘The Five Secrets of Badass Kickassery’ and I will buy it immediately.”
His satires were not well received by the Soviet authorities, and in 1980 he thought it best to live in the West until things thawed out.
Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut short story collection is our August pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”
“A Girl Stands at the Door,” by the Rutgers historian Rachel Devlin, shows how the work of desegregation was done disproportionately by young black women.
A play based on a confessional, self-obsessed woman’s memoir — from the 15th century — is back, at the Duke.
After a white poet’s use of African-American vernacular was criticized for being offensive, the magazine’s poetry editors apologized.
Things are worse than ever, Roy Scranton insists in “We’re Doomed. Now What?” They always have been, Eugene Thacker says in “Infinite Resignation.”
In her new novel, “Clock Dance,” a staid retiree plunges into the off-kilter lives of a single mother and her daughter.
Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone, the graphic novel series, is going after younger readers.
Authors including Kate Atkinson, Lauren Groff and Jonathan Lethem will also give talks and read from their new works this fall.
As a top aide to Mamie Eisenhower, she kept the White House social scene organized. Then, with a co-author, she wrote the book on the subject.
Scott W. Stern’s “The Trials of Nina McCall” is the first book-length history of the “American Plan,” under which women suspected of having venereal disease were forcibly examined and imprisoned.

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