With her debut novel, Taffy Brodesser-Akner updates the midlife malaise story, starring a left-behind husband who suddenly becomes a single parent.
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In “Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems,” Campbell McGrath celebrates chain restaurants, rock music and the joyful raucous stupidity of pop culture.
On a cold December night in 1926, Agatha Christie went out in her beloved Morris Crowley roadster and didn’t return home for 11 days. Here’s how her disappearance played out.
“The Body in Question,” a mordantly intelligent novel by Jill Ciment, features a sensational crime, a sequestered jury and a torrid love affair.
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Herman Koch’s “The Ditch” uses an insecure mayor’s doubts about his marriage to probe larger cultural uncertainties in the “civilized” Netherlands.
Robert Menasse’s new novel, set in Brussels, makes infighting at the European Union not just interesting but funny.
A book, “World of Nobu,” looks at the chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant empire through recipes and profiles.
Oscar Cásares’s “Where We Come From” avoids easy stereotypes to offer a story about an immigrant teenager trying to reunite with his father.
Tim Bouverie’s “Appeasement” describes the many ways the British government avoided standing up to Hitler.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of “BoJack Horseman,” makes his book debut with “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.”
Rachel Louise Snyder talks about “No Visible Bruises,” and Josh Levin discusses “The Queen.”
Her many cookbooks were full of sinful recipes, not only for cakes but also for cookies, pies, torts and more.
The bookstore chain’s future has been the subject of speculation for months before the hedge fund said it would buy it for $638 million.
The graphic novelist Peter Kuper offers a comic about his love of Kafka’s more humorous side.
The characters in Ryan Andrews’s “This Was Our Pact” and Kayla Miller’s “Camp” learn to master the mysterious codes of conduct and ever-changing loyalties of middle school.
In Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” the novelist and journalist chronicles her journey across Italy, India and Indonesia.
Robert Macfarlane’s “Underland” explores ancient forests, urban catacombs and buried rivers to probe the secrets of man’s often malign influence on the earth.
Three comic novels (H.M. Naqvi’s “The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack,” Sloane Tanen’s “There’s a Word for That” and Evan James’s “Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe”) feature protagonists on the other side of their prime.


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