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In Her First Adult Novel in 14 Years, Julia Alvarez Travels Home

In Her First Adult Novel in 14 Years, Julia Alvarez Travels Home

Despite her loss, Antonia isn’t alone; she remains close with her three sisters, now scattered across the country. Like so…
A Master of Thrills Shows His Range, and His Bite

A Master of Thrills Shows His Range, and His Bite

If you’ve read only a few of Don Winslow’s books, you may not realize what a shape-shifter he is. His…
A Civil War, Then the Long Limbo of Life as a Refugee

A Civil War, Then the Long Limbo of Life as a Refugee

Late in WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED (Dial Books for Young Readers, 264 pp., $20.99; ages 9 to 12), 17-year-old Omar…
A Reader Looking for Remedies Thinks Back to Other Difficult Times

A Reader Looking for Remedies Thinks Back to Other Difficult Times

From London, the author Alain de Botton, whose organization The School of Life is devoted to helping people find ways…
Tomie dePaola, ‘Strega Nona’ Author and Illustrator, Dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, ‘Strega Nona’ Author and Illustrator, Dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, the celebrated author and illustrator of scores of beloved children’s books including the “Strega Nona” series, whose heartwarming…
No Fan of Sports, a Graphic Novelist Learns to Follow the Bouncing Ball

No Fan of Sports, a Graphic Novelist Learns to Follow the Bouncing Ball

Like “American Born Chinese” — his groundbreaking 2006 Y.A. debut, and the first graphic novel to be a finalist for…
A Box of Secrets Led to the Story of Her Father’s Painful Wartime Past

A Box of Secrets Led to the Story of Her Father’s Painful Wartime Past

WHEN TIME STOPPED A Memoir of My Father’s War and What RemainsBy Ariana Neumann Growing up as the child of…
Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83

Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83

Mr. Reeves found much to criticize in Kennedy, not least Kennedy’s decision to dip the American toe into the Vietnam…
Richard Marek, Editor of Hemingway, Baldwin and Ludlum, Dies at 86

Richard Marek, Editor of Hemingway, Baldwin and Ludlum, Dies at 86

When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one…
‘The City We Became,’ by N.K. Jemisin: An Excerpt

‘The City We Became,’ by N.K. Jemisin: An Excerpt

The attitude’s starting to grate. Manny says, “If I rent a bike, will you tell me what’s in that direction?”…
Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort

Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort

Authors are just like the rest of us — they like to soothe their anxieties by losing themselves in the…
Bancroft Prize Goes to Books on Emancipation and Urban Renewal

Bancroft Prize Goes to Books on Emancipation and Urban Renewal

A sweeping reconsideration of the complexities of Emancipation and a biography of the nearly forgotten mid-20th-century urban planner who reshaped…
Molly Brodak, Poet and Memoirist of Her Father’s Crimes, Dies at 39

Molly Brodak, Poet and Memoirist of Her Father’s Crimes, Dies at 39

Molly Aviva Brodak was born in Detroit on March 29, 1980, and grew up in Rochester, Mich. Her father worked…
True Crime Favorites From New York Times Critics and Staff

True Crime Favorites From New York Times Critics and Staff

In what might be considered a golden age of content, the true crime genre stands out as one that is…
The World of Books Braces for a Newly Ominous Future

The World of Books Braces for a Newly Ominous Future

“The irony of all this is that what makes bookstores so potent, our ability to be community gathering places, has…
A Gay Man Remembers His Awakening, as AIDS Shook His World

A Gay Man Remembers His Awakening, as AIDS Shook His World

What’s the most surprising thing you learned while writing it? I tried to surprise myself with every sentence. I didn’t…
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