In “The Buried” Peter Hessler, the New Yorker writer, weaves together stories from his experience of living in Cairo for the past five years.
Steinke ponders the metaphysical implications of a biological change with the help of Germaine Greer, Simone de Beauvoir and a whale named Lolita.
“Clyde Fans” tells the multigenerational story of a Toronto family who sells electric fans — a visual epic that captures the passage of time.
The Times’s book critics discuss the process of selecting the 50 best memoirs published in the past 50 years.
“Never a Lovely So Real,” a biography of Nelson Algren by Colin Asher, captures the human drama and literary achievement of a writer once considered among America’s greatest.
Mary Norris considers how fixation-prone writers manage to captivate (or lose) their readers.
In Max Porter’s “Lanny” — equal parts fairy tale, domestic drama and fable — a mischievous little boy goes missing.
The young heroine of Dylan Meconis’s graphic novel “Queen of the Sea” learns how suddenly, and ruthlessly, fortune can turn a queen into a pawn.
“The Porpoise,” with a nod to Shakespeare and the Greeks, updates the legend of Apollonius with a new focus on the story’s women.
Sadie Jones’s “The Snakes” is a modern morality tale, a creepy, scary novel about the corrosive effects of money and power.
Claire Lombardo’s debut, “The Most Fun We Ever Had,” follows a family of four daughters through the decades.
Anita Anand’s “The Patient Assassin” documents the life of a peripatetic Indian laborer who waited decades for a chance to kill an official of the Raj.
Murdoch was the rare kind of great, buoyant, confident writer who was in touch with both animal and intellectual instincts.
A selection of recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
The longtime Elle magazine advice columnist said Monday that she tried to fight back against Donald Trump’s advances in a fitting room of Bergdorf Goodman. The president has denied the accusation.
Dean Baquet, our executive editor, says “we were overly cautious” in our handling of a prominent writer’s allegations against the president.
In a two-part memoir, “My Parents/This Does Not Belong to You,” Aleksandar Hemon shows how Bosnia and its wartime strife have shaped a life of exile.
The personal papers of one of World War II’s earliest historians reveals an obsession with how Nazis distorted the German language.
Marvel Entertainment and Samuel French team up for a series of educational plays for teenagers.
Juliet Escoria’s “Juliet the Maniac” sees the life of a bipolar teenager in gut-wrenching fragments.


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