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This year’s spelling Olympics has ended (with eight winners!) but you can still feel the stress in this sampling of books and movies.
“Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts” and “A Journey Through Potions and Herbology” are arriving in late June.
Vanessa Friedman talks about this season’s notable thrillers, and Liesl Schillinger discusses new books about travel.
Bettijane Sills, in “Broadway, Balanchine & Beyond,” and Marianne Preger-Simon, in “Dancing With Merce Cunningham,” recall two master choreographers.
David Barrie’s book looks at the extraordinary ways that animals — from birds to ants — are able to navigate in the natural world.
Robert Morrison’s “The Regency Years” takes a spirited look at English society, high and low, in the early years of the 19th century.
“How to Forget” and “Ladysitting” are heartfelt memoirs about caring for parents and grandparents at the end of their lives.
The cultural critic Brian Raftery makes a strong case in “Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen.”
Edward Wilson-Lee’s “The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books” charts the life of the explorer’s son, obsessed with assembling a great repository of knowledge.
In their new book, the cookbook-writing brothers Matt and Ted Lee describe a high-octane industry that’s all but invisible to customers.
In “The Lady From the Black Lagoon,” Mallory O’Meara introduces us to Milicent Patrick, the Creature’s (uncredited) creator.
Part memoir, part history, part adventure tale, Jonathan Gornall’s “How to Build a Boat” is a lyrical ode to the pleasures of working with your hands.
The Book Review’s Summer Reading issue is out this week; 46 years ago, Toni Morrison wrote an essay about cooking out for the 1973 Summer Reading issue.
Two mainstays of the nonfiction list — memoirs by Michelle Obama and Tara Westover — have moved down a bit, making room for a new No. 1.
Reviewing Julie Satow’s “The Plaza,” Tina Brown dishes on the socialites, tycoons and charlatans who made and lost fortunes and reputations at the storied hotel.
Adam Foulds’s new book tracks a mediocre British actor and a troubled Pennsylvania woman who stalks him.
Nnamdi Ehirim’s “Prince of Monkeys” witnesses a diverse group of friends navigating riots and their own comings-of-age in Lagos in the ’80s and ’90s.
The political columnist and author, most recently, of “The Conservative Sensibility” has no love for Holden Caulfield: “Just what the world does not need: another sullen adolescent.”
Patrick McGuinness’s “Throw Me to the Wolves” and James Lasdun’s “Afternoon of a Faun” are both meditations on our present-day moral climate.
In “The Drama of Celebrity,” Sharon Marcus focuses on Sarah Bernhardt as a case study in the rise of celebrity culture.

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