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The No. 1 best-selling author still remembers what it was like to be the guest of honor in an empty bookstore.
“Never mind guessing the solution,” says the British author, whose new book is “Humanly Possible.” “I often can’t understand that solution even when it’s explained at the end.”
These hefty books explore the lives of a former poet, a polarizing artist and a Scottish rebel from unexpected angles.
New fiction from authors who are stepping up to the plate — or, shall we say, the shelf — for the second time.
These hefty books explore the lives of a former poet, a polarizing artist and a Scottish rebel from unexpected angles.
Cedar Sigo’s short poem creates tremendous effect in its few lines, finding a transcendent kinship with the jazz maestro.
A selection of recently published books.
Her 2004 novel, “Luna,” broke new ground by having a transgender teenager as a main character. That book and others she wrote have been targets of conservatives.
A former English teacher with a modest writing career in Britain, he found fame in 1981 with an inventive story of an opera singer, Freud and the Holocaust.
Sarah Bakewell’s sweeping new survey of the philosophical tradition, “Humanly Possible,” says that putting your faith in human behavior means confronting complacency and nihilism — but it can be worth it.
Meleana Estes gathered stories from her grandmother and others on the art of making the islands’ traditional garlands.
She was acclaimed in Yugoslavia. But when that country fell apart, she refused to embrace the nationalism of the newly formed Croatia and was vilified as a result.
A prolific biographer, he charmed his way into access to, and insights about, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner, Johnny Carson and many others.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s “Black Chameleon,” Laura Cathcart Robbins’s “Stash” and Christine Barker’s “Third Girl From the Left” offer stories of perseverance and ultimate triumph.
In his memoir, “Skinfolk,” Matthew Pratt Guterl chronicles his life growing up in a multiracial family in suburban New Jersey.
Rapid modernization takes its toll in Rachel Heng’s impressive epic “The Great Reclamation.”
In Soraya Palmer’s debut novel, “The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts,” two sisters find solace and salvation through enduring Black diasporic tales.
In Sharon Dodua Otoo’s novel, “Ada’s Room,” readers follow the many lives of one woman through unexpected eyes.
In Brenda Shaughnessy’s collection “Tanya,” the self is fluid and love is “timelessness itself.”
Matthew Guterl’s parents wanted a family that embodied an integrated American future. The ‘experiment’ — his father’s word — had painfully mixed results.



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