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Two new books argue that inequality destroys openness to new ideas and opportunities as well as the conviction that all citizens are morally equal.
In Elaine M. Hayes’s “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan,” a classic jazz singer turns husbands into managers and listeners into fans.
The orphan narrator of Alain Mabanckou’s “Black Moses” is among the novelist’s most heartbreaking and darkly humorous creations.
The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
A writer and artist whose richly detailed work recreated the battles, camaraderie and down times of war in the Pacific.
The 92nd Street Y’s 2017-18 season includes appearances by novelists, musicians, chefs and two American presidents (sort of).
When a mundane setting turns lethal, a mother and her 4-year-old son find themselves becoming prey in Gin Phillips’s new thriller.
“Shark Drunk” is about two friends in search of a Greenland shark, which can grow up to 24 feet long and weigh up to 2,500 pounds.
Pick reading that will engage but not deplete you, something that requires a bit of mental energy, not another item on your to-do list.
Alia Malek’s “The Home That Was Our Country” and Wendy Pearlman’s “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled” channel voices from Syria’s war zone.
Whatever the prose in “Slight Exaggeration” settles on — art, family, war, ideology — Adam Zagajewski is always writing about displacement.
In “The Islamic Enlightenment,” Christopher de Ballaigue reveals the Middle Eastern political and intellectual figures who grappled with modernity after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.
Gabe Habash’s debut, “Stephen Florida,” tracks the title character’s drive to succeed as a college wrestler.
Famous for her cosmetic enhancements and as a muse for the photographer David LaChapelle, the rhinestone-clad party hostess puts out a photo-filled memoir.
Calexit, Resist! and other new series react to the current political climate, as artists continue to reckon with the Trump presidency.
Mr. Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has written a work for children, inspired by his heritage, about a young Dominican girl in Manhattan.
In a disturbing new memoir, an unidentified writer tells the story of being raped by her father, starting when she was 3.
The Spanish Civil War casts its shadow over an elderly 21st-century American and her granddaughter in Mary Gordon’s novel “There Your Heart Lies.”
Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain” tells the story of the alt-right impresario who invigorated Trump’s campaign and influences his presidency.
When she set boundaries with her family members, they cut her off emotionally. She’s happier and healthier now but feels guilty about it. What to do?


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