The author, most recently, of the novel “An Orchestra of Minorities” is “hardly turned off by considerations of genre. … I have found even manuals — of how to hunt wild birds in West Africa — fascinating.”
The book, “Showtime at the Apollo” by Ted Fox, is a tribute to the Harlem cultural institution, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this month.
When he died in 2016, the singer left behind hundreds of notebooks that have yielded material for a new miscellany, “The Flame.”
In “Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting,” Jennifer Traig tracks the often useless, contradictory and downright harmful advice that has been given to parents.
“The War Before the War,” by the literary critic Andrew Delbanco, is a forceful and eloquent case for the role of fugitives in fomenting a national crisis.
In culinary essays, Dawn Drzal, Christine S. O’Brien and Ann Hood embark on personal journeys in which meals reveal much more than what’s on the menu.
Samanta Schweblin’s collection “Mouthful of Birds” offers parodies of work and family life, with characters who constantly talk themselves out of perceived reality.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Book publishing is big on TV and in the movies. The essayist Sloane Crosley, a former book publicist, fact-checks the shows.
The Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng has been on a decades-long mission to make his country remember the Cultural Revolution.
Andrea Chesman’s latest cookbook shows you how to use animal fats for cooking and baking.
Rob Dunn’s “Never Home Alone” catalogs the world of microbial beings that share our living space and inhabit our showerheads and pillowcases.
Lili Anolik’s “Hollywood’s Eve” fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of Babitz’s life and work.
In “Born to Be Posthumous,” Mark Dery probes the “eccentric life” and “mysterious genius” of the illustrator whose books have proved fiendishly irresistible.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series premiere, the critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall have published “The Sopranos Sessions,” a collection that includes episode recaps, conversations with creator David Chase and more.
Works by Marcel Proust, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, Agatha Christie and Robert Frost are entering the public domain on Jan. 1. And that’s just the first wave.
Consider the muumuu.
His legal knowledge was extensive, but he never lost sight of the role played by politics in shaping the court’s decisions and, ultimately, the law.
Yascha Mounk discusses Edward J. Watts’s “Mortal Republic,” and Jonathan Lethem talks about the surge of fictional psychotropic drugs in novels.
The former president shared the works he found particularly thought-provoking or inspiring this year in a lengthy Facebook post.


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