Nonfiction: An Intimate Portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on the Supreme Court


“First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” by Evan Thomas, is a richly detailed life of the pathbreaking justice.

Nonfiction: The ‘Enigma’ Who Is the Chief Justice of the United States


Joan Biskupic’s “The Chief” examines John Roberts’s life and his career on the Supreme Court.

Essay: The ‘Moral Clarity’ of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ at 50


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.

Nonfiction: The Complex Literary Friendship Between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston


In “Zora and Langston,” Yuval Taylor revisits the relationship that laid much of the groundwork for black American literature in the 20th century.

Fiction: A Road-Paving Job Takes On a Sinister Allure in Dave Eggers’s New Novel


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.

Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week


Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

The Book Review Podcast: A Violent Summer in Chicago


Alex Kotlowitz discusses “An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago,” and John Lanchester talks about his new novel, “The Wall.”

Nonfiction: A Memoir of Black Life in the ‘Other America’


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.

By the Book: Laila Lalami: By the Book


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.”

Nonfiction: To Nosh or Not to Nosh: An Immigrant’s Dilemma


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.

Fiction: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Celebrates His 100th Birthday With a Novel


“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.

Fiction: An Arab-American Poet Asks What It Means to Belong to Two Cultures, or None


In her debut collection, “Invasive Species,” the Egyptian immigrant Marwa Helal plumbs the complications of nationhood and inclusion.

Inside the List: Guilt, Jealousy, Empathy: Your Dog Has the Same Emotions You Do


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.

The Shortlist: Three Novels Take Readers Deep Inside the Writer’s Life


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.

Children’s Books: Gorgeous Books to Expand the Youngest Minds


Dreamy marshmallows, rude animals, a portal to a mirror world and more fill the latest crop of picture books.

New in Paperback: ‘Heavy,’ ‘Do This for Me’


Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Letters to the Editor


Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Reconsiderations: From Dresden on the 50th Anniversary of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’


When Kurt Vonnegut was at work on his hugely influential antiwar novel, “he was writing to save his own life,” his daughter said.

Fiction: Using Fiction to Show How Self-Control Becomes Self-Destructive


In their debut novels, Yara Zgheib and Anissa Gray explore the harrowing experience of female eating disorders.

Fiction: A Cosmic Being Dies in Yoga Class. Then Things Get Really Weird.


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?

New & Noteworthy


A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

The Best Cookbooks for Kids


Books that will inspire children to get into the kitchen and cook.

The Book Review Podcast: Isaac Mizrahi on His New Memoir


The fashion designer discusses “I.M.,” and David McCraw talks about “Truth in Our Times.”


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