“First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” by Evan Thomas, is a richly detailed life of the pathbreaking justice.
Joan Biskupic’s “The Chief” examines John Roberts’s life and his career on the Supreme Court.
The novelist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers makes the case for the enduring influence of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel about the lasting trauma of war.
In “Zora and Langston,” Yuval Taylor revisits the relationship that laid much of the groundwork for black American literature in the 20th century.
The author’s eighth novel, “The Parade,” is a parable-like story featuring two unnamed men on assignment in an unnamed country in the wake of a civil war.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Alex Kotlowitz discusses “An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago,” and John Lanchester talks about his new novel, “The Wall.”
In “Survival Math,” Mitchell S. Jackson tells his family story of living in Oregon and reckons with the interplay of racism and patriarchy in his own life.
The author, most recently, of the novel “The Other Americans” first read Zora Neale Hurston five years ago: “I was knocked out by her eye for detail.”
In Boris Fishman’s memoir, “Savage Feast,” mealtime is when all the rich and roiling contradictions of his Eastern European Jewish family come into play.
“Little Boy” recounts his life story in a free association of flashes and arias, of high and low culture — the verbal riffs of a good talker.
In her debut collection, “Invasive Species,” the Egyptian immigrant Marwa Helal plumbs the complications of nationhood and inclusion.
Frans de Waal’s new book, “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves,” debuts on the best-seller list this week at No. 4.
Amit Chaudhuri’s narrator wanders Mumbai while João Gilberto Noll’s loses himself in London. And Monique Schwitter’s? She’s adrift among a dozen past loves.
Dreamy marshmallows, rude animals, a portal to a mirror world and more fill the latest crop of picture books.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
When Kurt Vonnegut was at work on his hugely influential antiwar novel, “he was writing to save his own life,” his daughter said.
In their debut novels, Yara Zgheib and Anissa Gray explore the harrowing experience of female eating disorders.
Kathryn Davis’s novel “The Silk Road” is full of provocative mysteries: Are its characters many or one? Where are they going? Have they witnessed a murder?
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Books that will inspire children to get into the kitchen and cook.
The fashion designer discusses “I.M.,” and David McCraw talks about “Truth in Our Times.”