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The actress and author of the essay collection “My Squirrel Days” never finished “The Woman in White,” by Wilkie Collins: “Why did the woman wear so much white? I couldn’t sit with it long enough to find any answers.”
The Mystery Writers of America faced a backlash after naming Linda Fairstein, a former city prosecutor turned author, as one of its Grand Masters.
A survivor himself, he was an expert on the persecution of Jews in Hungary, his homeland, and defied nationalist efforts to play down that country’s role.
Or are you? That’s just one of the questions posed in “Friday Black,” a collection of subversive tales whose heroes have mastered racial coding through their style of dress.
Mark Dery’s “Born to Be Posthumous” is an entertaining account of the hard-to-know artist behind “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and other dark delights.
The new book, “The Testaments,” is set 15 years later and is scheduled for release in September 2019.
“The Waiter,” by Matias Faldbakken, features a fastidious server whose old-fashioned habits come under threat.
“Sophisticated Giant,” by Maxine Gordon, recalls the restive musical innovator who left an indelible mark on the world of jazz.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s “The Circuit” is a poet’s-eye view of tennis in 2017.
A self-titled coffee-table book — subtitled “Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness” — collects the photographer’s black-and-white images to challenge global racism.
“Magnum China” collects decades-worth of images by Western photographers of a nation gripped by political conflict.
Vivien Schweitzer’s history of the genre, “A Mad Love,” and Heidi Waleson’s intricate account of the New York City Opera, “Mad Scenes and Exit Arias,” testify to an art that inspires deep passions.
The second volume of Gary Giddins’s “Bing Crosby” traces the singer’s career through the war years.
“Food on the Move,” edited by Sharon Hudgins, is a collection of essays exploring the glamorous past and occasionally delectable present of dining on trains around the world.
In “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” Idle remembers the Pythons and other famous friends; in “Professor at Large,” Cleese revisits his years at Cornell.
In “No One at the Wheel,” Samuel Schwartz, the onetime traffic commissioner of New York City, examines the perils of driverless cars.
Dispatches from a former border patrol agent and more.
Anne Serre’s slender work of fiction, recently translated from the French, is about three carnal but innocent women working for a large family.
The New Yorker cartoonist, the subject of a new retrospective, talks about getting started as an artist, why she loves crafting and the thing she hates drawing the most.
From the Harlem Renaissance to today, the painting and photography and poetry of black Americans have both shaped and reflected a shifting cultural landscape.

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