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Ben Passmore’s “Your Black Friend and Other Strangers” is one of three books reviewed that struggle with difference, dysphoria and the struggle to survive.
Jordy Rosenberg’s debut novel, “Confessions of the Fox,” is a heady romp through an 18th-century England awash in sex, crime and revolutionary ideas.
A typhoon roaring ashore in Bangladesh in 1970 is the linchpin of “The Storm,” Arif Anwar’s bighearted debut novel.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Amy Tan’s debut, “The Joy Luck Club.”
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
“Of all the books I have reread to comfort myself, I have turned most often to ‘Sleepless Nights,’ not without a little bitter tang of irony because of its title.”
Two debut novels, “Number One Chinese Restaurant,” by Lillian Li, and “The Emperor of Shoes,” by Spencer Wise, feature characters whose lives are deeply entangled with two cultures.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
The possible existence of three unpublished chapters has been a source of intrigue, and now at least one of them has surfaced.
“The Fifth Risk” comes out this October.
The humor writer Simon Rich, whose latest collection is “Hits and Misses,” would love to see his life as a Ken Burns documentary: “Just a lot of slow pans of me typing on my computer, while sitting in different positions. And the whole time, inexplicably, there’s jazz.”
He regrets the inauguration crowd briefing. He regrets his Holocaust remarks. But did he corrupt world discourse? Was he an amazing child?
Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s “Fruit of the Drunken Tree” describes life in war-torn Colombia, based on the author’s personal experience.
Beth Macy’s new book provides an on-the-ground look at how addiction to OxyContin and other painkillers became a national state of emergency.
In Andrew Martin’s “Early Work,” the already shiftless life of a struggling writer is derailed by romantic infatuation.
All writers have their favorite sentence structures — the signatures they return to again and again.
Married to Woolf’s nephew, she was a last link to the famed Bloomsbury Group, and also part of the wartime art-preservation unit known as the Monuments Men.
An author who avoided sentimentality and took on contemporary issues of social justice in books that were translated into 30 languages.
In “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret,” Craig Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to ensnare the reader.
In R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, “The Incendiaries,” the central characters fall hard, both for each other and into the trap of a fundamentalist cult.

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