NYT Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Bret Easton Ellis Takes On ‘Generation Wuss’

Ellis, perpetual bad boy and avatar of Generation X, delivers in his first nonfiction book, “White,” a series of rants against the politics of the young and woke.

Nonfiction: Stories That Explore Africa’s Resilient Spirit

The Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “Minutes of Glory” tackles the absurdities, injustices and fortitude of people testing new ways against the old.

Nonfiction: The Remarkable Ben Hecht

Adina Hoffman’s “Ben Hecht” and Julien Gorbach’s “The Notorious Ben Hecht” examine the man’s career as both a screenwriter and a political activist.

Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients’ Stories — and Her Own

Lori Gottlieb’s “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” is a treasure trove of stories and hard-earned advice.

The 2008 Financial Crisis as Seen From the Top

In “Firefighting,” Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr. explain their roles in averting a financial disaster.

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

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

The Book Review Podcast: Ruth Reichl’s Delicious New Memoir

Reichl discusses “Save Me the Plums,” and Emily Bazelon talks about “Charged.”

Nonfiction: Robert A. Caro, Private Eye

Caro’s “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing” describes a lifetime of digging for facts.

Fiction: In This Novel, a Secret Society Is Keeping Some Very Dark Secrets

At the heart of Takis Würger’s “The Club” — part thriller, part coming-of-age tale — is an elite but sinister invitation-only fraternity.

Nonfiction: Striking a Balance Between Fear and Hope on Climate Change

Bill McKibben’s new book, “Falter,” takes a mostly grim view of our willingness to avert environmental disaster. But he leaves open the possibility that we may yet avoid the worst.

Nonfiction: How Tough-on-Crime Prosecutors Contribute to Mass Incarceration

“Charged,” by Emily Bazelon, argues that prosecutors have far too much power over the outcomes of criminal cases and lays out a path for urgent reform.

Nonfiction: The Cracking of a Cold, Cold Case

In his true-crime epic, “The Last Stone,” Mark Bowden follows detectives as they try to solve the 1975 disappearance of two Maryland sisters.

Fiction: A Flamboyant Talk Show Host Finds Himself Embroiled in Controversy

Jennifer duBois’s satirical novel “The Spectators” charts the past and present woes of a confrontational TV star who may have inspired a mass shooting.

By the Book: By the Book: Abby Wambach

The soccer star, whose new book is “Wolfpack,” began the sport because of a how-to guide from the library. “I scored 27 goals in my first three games. I guess I do owe it all to books.”

Nonfiction: A Meditation on Our Relationship to the Landscapes We Inhabit

In “The Absent Hand,” Suzannah Lessard dissects a diverse swath of America, looking to understand the malls, green expanses and urban sprawl that surround us.

Prescribed Reading: What You Should Read to Understand the Measles Epidemic

In her Prescribed Reading column, Abigail Zuger looks at books exploring the immune system and the tumultuous history of vaccination.

New & Noteworthy

A selection of recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

What I Love: A Space Fit for a Comma Queen

For the author and former New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris, furnishing an apartment is all about the books.

Fiction: Is Sally Rooney’s New Novel as Great as Her First?

Like “Conversations With Friends,” “Normal People” also traces a young romance in Ireland.

The Week in Books

E L James after “Fifty Shades,” Ruth Reichl’s delicious new memoir, Sally Rooney and more.

Nonfiction: To Escape Her Grief, and Work Through It, an Author Starts Running

After her father died, Katie Arnold became a marathon runner. Her luminous memoir, “Running Home,” explores why.

Poetry: In ‘Magical Negro,’ Morgan Parker’s Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness

Parker’s third collection provides its audience a space to celebrate black excellence and black joy as well as to commiserate about injustice.

Sketchbook: A Fittingly Absurd Quiz for Samuel Beckett’s 113th Birthday

Can you recognize the albums bearing the names of the Irish playwright’s works?

Children’s Books: New Picture Books Bring Dogs and Cats to Life, Hilariously

Lazy, rambunctious, downright weird: The cats and dogs in these stories are unique, lovable — and relatable.

Fiction: A Novel Whose Hero Is a Man Divided, as Is His Native Palestine

In “The Parisian,” Isabella Hammad conjures up the Middle East between the two world wars, its tensions expressed in the coming-of-age of an Arab man.

Inside the List: How Liane Moriarty, Kate DiCamillo and Jacqueline Woodson Got Their Starts

On their websites, famous novelists talk frankly about how they became writers.

From Our Archives: Going Back to the Battle of the Black Sea in ‘Black Hawk Down’

In 1999, the journalist Mark Bowden wrote “Black Hawk Down,” documenting the 1993 United States military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia.

New in Paperback: ‘The Overstory,’ ‘Country Dark’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

The Shortlist: Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience

David Orr’s “Dangerous Household Items,” John Koethe’s “Walking Backwards” and Sarah Gambito’s “Loves You” celebrate daily moments in very different registers.

Nonfiction: Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

In David Wallace-Wells’s “The Uninhabitable Earth” and Nathaniel Rich’s “Losing Earth,” we have a picture of the increasingly dire problem of global warming.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Fiction: A Comic Novel Reunites a Damaged Dad and His Recalcitrant Offspring

Andrew Ridker’s “The Altruists” charts how expectations clash when a widower’s two adult children return to the family home in St. Louis.