Books of The Times: An Enthralling New Look at the Mystery of Lizzie Borden

Cara Robertson’s “The Trial of Lizzie Borden” is a fresh telling of the Gilded Age murder case that captured worldwide attention and continues to exert a dark fascination.
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Books of The Times: Andrea Dworkin, a Startling and Ruthless Feminist Whose Work Is Back in the Spotlight

“Last Days at Hot Slit,” edited by Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder, collects work by the radical feminist who said her writing had to be “bolder and stronger than woman-hating itself.”
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Books of The Times: An Operatic Italian Classic Gets a Fresh Translation

Elsa Morante’s “Arturo’s Island,” about a boy’s coming-of-age in the years before World War II, has been newly translated by Ann Goldstein, who brought Elena Ferrante’s novels into English.
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Books etc.: Behold, the Tiniest of Books

A grand collection of miniature volumes — 950 of them — is now on display at the Grolier Club in New York City.
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Books by Boss Ladies We Love

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Books of The Times: In ‘The Uninhabitable Earth,’ Apocalypse Is Now

David Wallace-Wells’s book, expanding on his viral article in New York magazine, is a lushly written look at the “climate chaos” that will increasingly take over our lives.
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Books of The Times: ‘Survival Math’ Opens Some Personal Wounds but Leaves Others Hidden

In this memoir, Mitchell S. Jackson writes about a lifetime of losses and near escapes, nesting his own story among those of his friends and relatives.
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Books of The Times: ‘Solitary’ Is an Uncommonly Powerful Memoir About Four Decades in Confinement

Albert Woodfox, one of the “Angola 3,” writes about the time he spent in a notorious Louisiana prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Books of The Times: How the Mind-Body Connection Is Rewiring Our Politics

In “Nervous States,” William Davies says profound uncertainty and heightened alertness have encouraged us to approach politics as a matter of instinct rather than rationality.
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Books of The Times: A New Book Speaks Plainly About the Large Role White Women Played in Perpetuating Slavery

In “They Were Her Property,” the historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers uncovers “hitherto hidden relationships among gender, slavery and capitalism.”
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Books of The Times: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Had Strong Opinions About Appalachians. Now, Appalachians Return the Favor.

A new anthology, “Appalachian Reckoning,” pushes back against some of the generalizations in J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir.
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Books of The Times: ‘Say Nothing’ Unearths Buried Secrets in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book explores the abduction of Jean McConville, a mother of 10, from her home in 1972, while also offering a broader history of the Troubles.
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Books of The Times: An Exhilarating Work of History About Daring Adventures in Love

In “Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments,” Saidiya Hartman writes about young black women in the early 20th century who tossed out the narrow scripts about intimacy they had been given.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Border’ Is a Stunning and Timely Conclusion to Don Winslow’s Drug-War Trilogy

The third novel in this propulsive, violent series trains a fictional lens on some of today’s most pressing issues, including the opioid crisis and political corruption.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump’s America

This memoir by the former deputy director of the F.B.I. joins a roster of recent and alarming books by high-ranking members of the United States’ justice and intelligence communities.
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Books News: Dan Mallory, 2 Starkly Similar Novels and the Puzzle of Plagiarism

Readers have noticed an overlap between “The Woman in the Window,” by A.J. Finn — a pen name for Dan Mallory — and Sarah A. Denzil’s “Saving April.”
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Books of The Times: ‘How to Hide an Empire’ Shines Light on America’s Expansionist Side

Daniel Immerwahr’s provocative and absorbing history draws attention to those islands and archipelagos too often sidelined in the national imagination.
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Books of The Times: ‘Leading Men,’ a Novel About Tennessee Williams and His Lover, Casts a Spell From the Start

Christopher Castellani’s latest vividly reimagines the relationship between Williams and Frank Merlo, and offers intricate thoughts about the nature of fidelity, the artistic impulse and estrangement.
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Books of The Times: Valeria Luiselli’s Latest Novel Is a Mold-Breaking New Classic

In “Lost Children Archive,” an unhappily married couple set out on a road trip, with their two young children, to visit the ancestral homeland of the Apaches in Arizona.
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Books of The Times: An Encyclopedic Novel Intent on Reliving the Baby Boomers’ Touchstone Moments. All of Them.

David Bowman’s posthumously published “Big Bang” travels from 1950 to 1963, and includes appearances by nearly every boldface name of the era.
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Books of The Times: An Enthralling and Terrifying History of the Nuclear Meltdown at Chernobyl

In “Midnight in Chernobyl,” the journalist Adam Higginbotham reconstructs the disaster from the ground up, recounting the prelude to it as well as its aftermath.
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Books of The Times: Janet Malcolm, a Withering Critic, in a Nostalgic Key

“Nobody’s Looking at You” collects pieces about the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, the concert pianist Yuja Wang, the writer Joseph Mitchell and other subjects.
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Books of The Times: Elizabeth McCracken’s First Novel in 18 Years Has Whimsy to Spare

“Bowlaway” revolves around a large cast of characters and a candlepin bowling alley in New England.
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Books of The Times: An Intensely Personal Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

“Go Ahead in the Rain,” by the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, is a love letter to the pioneering hip-hop group.
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Books of The Times: The Kathleen Collins Revival Continues With ‘Notes From a Black Woman’s Diary’

This collection of work by Collins, who died relatively unknown but has been championed in recent years, is a grab bag of letters, diary entries, short stories, plays and screenplays.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Let Me Finish,’ Chris Christie Goes Easy on Trump, Saving His Fire for Steve Bannon

In his new book, the former governor of New Jersey and Trump adviser, finds many ways to say “I told you so.”
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Books of The Times: Remembering a Mother Whose Gambling Operation Was a Very Successful Secret

In “The World According to Fannie Davis,” Bridgett M. Davis offers an absorbing portrait of her mother, who ran an underground numbers operation in Detroit for more than 30 years.
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Books of The Times: A Mother Loses a Son to Suicide, but Their Dialogue Continues

Yiyun Li began writing her latest novel, “Where Reasons End,” in the months after her teenage son committed suicide in 2017.
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Nicole McLaughlin Talks Sustainable Design, Life on Adidas’ Farm and the Permanence of Books

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Three years into her consultancy with Reebok as a full-time graphic designer, Nicole McLaughlin personifies the Millennial spirit that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring.
Off the clock, the New Jersey creative repurposes vintage store and eBay finds into one-of-a-kind creations. The slides she made from a magenta JanSport backpack racked up nearly 22,000 likes a few weeks ago. And more recently a pair of pants salvaged from two Columbia Sportswear ski jackets were another winner with her followers. “I have two jobs and to be honest they influence each other,” McLaughlin said Tuesday.
Edging more toward concept designer status, she sees her role in both capacities as “how to reimagine something that exists.” The end result can be mules made from Wilson tennis balls, or an umbrella repurposed with The North Face puffer jackets. Nearing the end of a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip with Reebok, McLaughlin said she steers clear of reimagining products from Reebok competitors like Nike or Under Armour.
In New York at the end of last year for a three-month rotation at “The Farm,” the creative hub in Greenpoint run by Adidas, she worked with seven to 12 apparel, footwear, color and material designers from its Herzogenaurach, Germany, and

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Books of The Times: A Memoir About Loving — and Then Resisting — Krispy Kreme, Chili Dogs, Cinnamon Biscuits…

Nearing 50, Tommy Tomlinson weighed 460 pounds. “The Elephant in the Room” is a memoir of his lifelong relationship with food, and an account of how he tried to change it.
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Books of The Times: O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today?

In “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” Shoshana Zuboff methodically dissects a new economic order that exploits our “every move, emotion, utterance and desire.”
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Books of The Times: A Newly Published Story for the New Way We Read Sylvia Plath

“Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” is a brief allegorical tale of a train journey into hell.
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Books of The Times: The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Doug Bock Clark’s first book is an immersive, densely reported look at a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote Indonesian island.
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Top 10 Books to Read in 2019

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Books of The Times: Why Fighting Fake News With the Facts Might Not Be Enough

“Down to Earth,” by Bruno Latour, and “The Misinformation Age,” by Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, help us think through an era in which the idea of truth has become a political football.
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Books of The Times: ‘Cat Person’ and Other Tales of Discomfort in a Debut Collection

Kristen Roupenian’s “You Know You Want This” includes the short story that went viral after it was published in The New Yorker in late 2017.
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Books of The Times: Dangerously Deep Sleep Is Contagious in ‘The Dreamers’

Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel is about a virus that causes people to nod off for very long periods and dream in disastrous premonitions.
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Books of The Times: Raising Kids Isn’t Easy. Parenting Advice Often Makes It Harder.

In “Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting,” Jennifer Traig tracks the often useless, contradictory and downright harmful advice that has been given to parents.
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Books of The Times: In Stories From an Argentine Surrealist, Circles of Madness and Violence

Samanta Schweblin’s collection “Mouthful of Birds” offers parodies of work and family life, with characters who constantly talk themselves out of perceived reality.
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Books of The Times: A Breezy Look at Eve Babitz, a Writer With a Born Feel for the Charms of Los Angeles

Lili Anolik’s “Hollywood’s Eve” fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of Babitz’s life and work.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Earth Dies Streaming,’ Film Criticism That Transcends Raves and Pans

A. S. Hamrah, the resident movie critic of the journal n+1, is committed to his ambivalence, conveying it with a mixture of precision and conviction.
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Books 2019: Which top fiction picks will you choose?

From Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood to newcomer novelists, here’s a pick of just some of next year’s novels.
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Books of The Times: A Serious Reader Offers Appealingly Casual Thoughts on Reading, and Life

In “The Word Pretty,” Elisa Gabbert delivers personal essays that are more inquisitive and obsessive than most.
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Books of The Times: A Masterpiece That Requires Your Full Attention — and a Lot of Time

At nearly 1,700 pages, Uwe Johnson’s novel “Anniversaries” takes the form of a yearlong diary covering 1968, written by a German woman who has moved to New York City with her young daughter.
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Books of The Times: The Multiverse Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be in ‘Come With Me’

Helen Schulman’s new novel is about an algorithm that allows people to play out alternative virtual-reality scenarios from their past.
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Profile: With ‘The Friend,’ Sigrid Nunez Becomes an Overnight Literary Sensation, 23 Years and Eight Books Later

More than two decades after critics declared her “a writer of uncommon talent,” Nunez won the National Book Award.
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Books of The Times: A Look at Competition in Business Urges Us to Think Small

In “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age,” Tim Wu argues for busting up big businesses into smaller parts, and shows how it was once a veritable American tradition.
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Books of The Times: A Debut Novel Unfolds Over 48 Tense Hours in London

Guy Gunaratne’s “In Our Mad and Furious City,” longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is told in alternating viewpoints after a murder roils the city.
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Books of The Times: A Memoir That Might Inspire You to Break a Sweat

Peter Sagal, the host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR, writes about the rigors and rewards of his life as a runner in “The Incomplete Book of Running.”
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‘The Witch Elm,’ ‘Dopesick’ and More: Janet Maslin’s Favorite Books of 2018

The former staff critic and frequent contributor to The Times writes about her best reading experiences of the year.
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Times Critics Discuss the Year in Books, From Triumphs to Disappointments

The Times’s staff critics talk with each other about the wide variety of reading they did in 2018.
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Books of The Times: Revelations and Reckonings in a Sex Scandal From Long Before #MeToo

In “Bringing Down the Colonel,” Patricia Miller unearths the 19th-century case of Madeline Pollard, who sued a five-term House representative for breach of promise to marry.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
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Books of The Times: A New Biography Takes on Edward Gorey, a Stubborn Enigma and Master of the Comic Macabre

Mark Dery’s “Born to Be Posthumous” is an entertaining account of the hard-to-know artist behind “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and other dark delights.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Governesses’ Offers Subtle Lessons in Shame, Constraint and Lust

Anne Serre’s slender work of fiction, recently translated from the French, is about three carnal but innocent women working for a large family.
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Books of The Times: Los Angeles Through the Centuries, Glimpsed by Kerouac, de Beauvoir, Waugh and Others

In “Dear Los Angeles,” the editor David Kipen compiles excerpts from the letters and diaries of a wide range of people to compose a kaleidoscopic view of the city.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Confront Nietzsche and His Ideas

Sue Prideaux’s “I Am Dynamite!” and John Kaag’s “Hiking With Nietzsche” offer modern interpretations of a highly controversial thinker.
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Books of The Times: How Fugitive Slaves Exposed the Idea of the ‘United’ States as a Lie

Andrew Delbanco’s “The War Before the War” excavates the past in ways that illuminate the present.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Condition of Secrecy’ Teems With Love for Language and the Natural World

In her wide-ranging essays, the Danish writer Inger Christensen, who died in 2009, cuts her towering erudition with mischief and generosity.
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Books of The Times: ‘Anthony Powell’ Captures the Rich, Long Life of the Man Behind an Epic Series

Hilary Spurling’s latest biography is of the English writer whose 12-novel cycle, “A Dance to the Music of Time,” maintains its irony, wit and resonance.
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Books News: Sigrid Nunez Wins National Book Award for ‘The Friend’

The judges called the novel an “exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief.” This year also saw the addition of a new category, for translated literature.
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Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey’s Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details

Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate’s work are brought together in “Monument.”
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Books News: In Her New Book, Michelle Obama Denounces Trump’s Sexism and His Promotion of the ‘Birther’ Conspiracy

In “Becoming,” she talked about suffering a miscarriage, relying on IVF to conceive and the challenges of being the first African-American first lady.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Becoming,’ Michelle Obama Mostly Opts for Empowerment Over Politics

The former first lady’s memoir is mostly about her childhood in Chicago, her marriage and her time in the White House, but she leaves room for some unequivocal criticism of President Trump.
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Books News: A 1965 Novel About an Unhinged President Is Being Rereleased

The author, Fletcher Knebel, who died in 1993, would likely be shocked by how prescient his political thriller was.
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Books of The Times: How ‘America First’ and ‘American Dream’ Went From Hazy Sentiments to Loaded Clichés

In “Behold, America,” Sarah Churchwell writes about the long and complicated history of two potent political phrases.
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Books of The Times: ‘Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly’ Hunts for Big — and Elusive — Game

Joshua Rivkin allows that his book about the fiercely private Twombly is something “stranger and more personal” than a conventional biography.
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Books of The Times: The Wheels Come Off an American Journey in Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’

In Lethem’s 11th novel, a wisecracking woman goes in search of her friend’s missing daughter — and elusive truths about her country.
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Children’s Books: The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

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Books of The Times: A Life of Nietzsche Turns the Spotlight on an Idol Long Misunderstood

In “I Am Dynamite!,” by Sue Prideaux, the philosopher steps out of the mists of obfuscation and rumor, vividly evoked as a thinker and a man.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Heavy,’ Kiese Laymon Recalls the Weight of Where He’s Been

An American memoir full of devotion and betrayal, euphoria and anguish, tender embraces and rough abuse.
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Books of The Times: The Revival of the Great Lucia Berlin Continues Apace

“Evening in Paradise,” a book of short stories by Berlin, who died in 2014, has just been published, as well as a fragmentary memoir, “Welcome Home.”
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Books of The Times: In Two New Books, Unhappy Conservatives Ask: What Now?

In “The Corrosion of Conservatism,” lifelong Republican Max Boot says the party needs to be “burned to the ground.” In “Them,” Sen. Ben Sasse says the country’s problems go “deeper” than politics.
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Books of The Times: In New Volume of Sylvia Plath’s Letters, a Marriage Falters and Masks Fall Away

In this correspondence, written between 1956 and 1963, ending a week before Plath’s death, at 30, we see goals triumphantly and tragically fulfilled.
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Books of The Times: ‘Nine Pints’ Is a Brisk Biography of Blood

To write about blood, the British journalist Rose George covered many thousands of miles in pursuit of the intricacies of the subject.
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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Books of The Times: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” is an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.
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Books News: Anna Burns Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’

The judges cited her use of dark humor to explore tribalism, state-sponsored terrorism, social division and sexual and political oppression.
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Books News: How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety

A growing canon of female-centered science fiction looks at questions of gender inequality, misogyny and institutionalized sexism.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Godsend,’ an Idealistic Young Woman Gets Tangled Up in Trouble in Afghanistan

Our critic calls John Wray’s new novel, which is loosely based on the story of the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, “a significant literary performance.”
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Books of The Times: Tana French Is at Her Suspenseful Best in ‘The Witch Elm’

In French’s new novel, a young man struggles to make sense of his own memory and identity after barely surviving an attack.
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Books of The Times: Joe Ide Adds More Breathless Action to the Mix in ‘Wrecked’

In the third novel in Ide’s IQ series, the detective Isaiah Quintabe is entangled in a case involving a missing woman and a menacing group of ex-Abu Ghraib military personnel.
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Books of The Times: A Visual Memoir Asks What It Means for Germany to Reckon With Its Past

Nora Krug’s “Belonging” is about the author’s attempt to trace the stubborn silences in German life and her own family’s role during World War II.
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Books of The Times: Michael Lewis Makes a Story About Government Infrastructure Exciting

In “The Fifth Risk,” Lewis enumerates grave dangers resulting from the incompetent transition to a new White House administration.
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Books of The Times: A Cool Head and Warm Affections in Lionel Trilling’s Letters

“Life in Culture,” edited by Adam Kirsch, collects correspondence by the regal American literary and social critic.
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Books of The Times: ‘Ninth Street Women’ Shines a Welcome New Light on New York’s Postwar Art Scene

Mary Gabriel moves from exalted art criticism to the seamiest gossip in her gratifying and generous group portrait of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler.
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Books of The Times: Deborah Eisenberg Returns With Tart and Spiky Stories in ‘Your Duck Is My Duck’

Eisenberg’s latest stories are about emerging from isolation and complacency, and larger questions of what it means to live an ethical life.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crudo’ Is a Novel With a Real-Life Novelist in Thin Disguise

Olivia Laing’s first novel features a protagonist who bears a strong resemblance to the writer and performance artist Kathy Acker.
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Books of The Times: Reflections of a Former Hollywood Power Broker

In “Who Is Michael Ovitz?,” the ex-leader of the powerful talent agency C.A.A. recounts his time at the top.
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New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay

The editor, Ian Buruma, left after a backlash regarding an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job after sexual misconduct allegations.
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Books of The Times: Living the American Dream — in Hiding

In “Dear America,” Jose Antonio Vargas writes about the precarious life he has built in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.
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Books of The Times: A Witty and Original Writer Shares His Love for the Essay

In “Essayism,” Brian Dillon rhapsodizes over his favorite practitioners of the form, including Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Montaigne.
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Books of The Times: At the Close of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle,’ a Magician Loses His Touch

Vital writing and interesting ideas are buried in this endurance test of a novel, which includes a 400-page section about Hitler in addition to Knausgaard’s usual autobiographical musings.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Transcription,’ Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage

Set in 1940 and 1950, Atkinson’s latest novel is about a young typist plucked from virtually nowhere and taken into the world of spies.
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Books of The Times: Whose Votes Really Count?

In “One Person, No Vote,” Carol Anderson argues that Republican legislatures and governors have systematically blocked minority voters at the polls.
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Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

In the elegant, readable and sobering “These Truths,” Lepore starts with Columbus’s arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.
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Books of The Times: ‘Essential Essays’ Show Adrienne Rich’s Vulnerable, Conflicted Sides

This collection brings together a sampling of the poet’s influential criticism, personal accounts and public statements.
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Books News: Children’s Books Authors Are Selling More Than Books. They’re Taking a Stand.

They hold signs at protest marches, but they are also volunteering to strategize for a State Assembly race, and even running for office.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump’s ‘Crazytown’

Woodward’s latest look inside a White House offers details of an administration in chaos.
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Books of The Times: ‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselves as Types

Merve Emre’s book tells the story of the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which became a widespread tool for personnel management, self-help and more.
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Books of The Times: He Was a Prominent Holocaust Survivor. But His Story Was a Hoax.

In “The Impostor,” Javier Cercas writes about Enric Marco to understand why he lied, why he was believed and to investigate his own queasy feelings of kinship.
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Books News: A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La

The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas, just got TV. Now it’s home to ambitious young authors who are telling their country’s stories for the first time, usually in English.
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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books About Aretha Franklin and Soul Music

Biographies of the queen of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and two other giants of the genre: James Brown and Otis Redding.
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Books of The Times: How the ‘Temp’ Economy Became the New Normal

Louis Hyman’s history describes the corporate forces that during the 20th century led to a gig economy of expendable and precarious labor.
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Books of The Times: A King Lear Set in India, Wild and Tragic as Ever

Preti Taneja’s “We That Are Young” layers Shakespeare’s story over a modern-day conflict between a billionaire from Dehli and his three daughters.
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Books of The Times: Bill Cunningham, Style Maven, Leaves Behind a Memoir and It’s ‘a Real Dilly’

In his posthumous book, “Fashion Climbing,” the Times’s onetime fashion and society photographer recalls his younger days as a hat maker and man about town.
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Books of The Times: Expressing Complicated Love for Lauryn Hill as an Iconic Album Turns 20

In “She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’” Joan Morgan makes a case for Hill’s artistic and historical importance while also paying attention to the stickier parts of the star’s career.
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Books of The Times: A Case for the New Jazz Sound That Will Inspire Playlists

In “Playing Changes,” Nate Chinen argues that we’re living in a brilliant new phase of jazz, and offers an annotated guide to his favorite performers.
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V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85

Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.
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Books of The Times: ‘Crashed’ Connects the Dots From 2008 Crisis to Trump, Brexit and More

Adam Tooze shows how the financial crisis radiated outward, shaping not only the new economic order but the ensuing political free-for-all.
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Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.
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Books of The Times: An Award-Winning Biographer’s Latest Subject: Herself

Claire Tomalin, the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and others, recounts her own rich story in “A Life of My Own.”
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Books of The Times: A Syrian Refugee Lands in Ireland in ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’

In Donal Ryan’s new novel, recently longlisted for the Booker Prize, a Syrian doctor settles in Ireland, where his life intersects with two other shattered men.
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Books of The Times: A Poet Laureate Sends News From the End of Life

Donald Hall died last month at 89, and his recently published memoir, “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” is “up there with the best things he did.”
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Books of The Times: Beauty, Bad Temper and Scandal in a Riveting Look at Princess Margaret

In “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret,” Craig Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to ensnare the reader.
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Books News: Missing Malcolm X Writings, Long a Mystery, Are Sold

Rumored lost portions of his autobiography were bought by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, along with the manuscript of the book.
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Books of The Times: ‘Dopesick’ Traces the Opioid Crisis, From Beginning to Blow Up

Beth Macy’s new book provides an on-the-ground look at how addiction to OxyContin and other painkillers became a national state of emergency.
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Books of The Times: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ Casts a Fluorescent Spell

In Sayaka Murata’s small, elegant and deadpan novel, a woman keeps herself at a remove from society while working for many years in a dead-end job at a Smile Mart.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert

In this surprising and mesmerizing book, Allie Rowbottom, a descendant of the Jell-O fortune, weaves together memoir and the story of the classic American brand.
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Books of The Times: Can a List of Someone’s Stuff Double as Literature?

Thomas Clerc’s “Interior” is a tour of all the objects in the experimental writer’s 50-square-meter Paris apartment.
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Books of The Times: A Parody of Smut — and of Voltaire — Turns 60

“Candy,” the satirical sex novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg now available in a new anniversary edition, wages guerrilla war on prudery.
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Podcasts Hit the Books

Publishers are striking book deals with podcast creators, hoping to capitalize on the medium’s eclectic voices and passionate fans.
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Books News: The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.
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Books of The Times: How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won

In “The Fall of Wisconsin,” Dan Kaufman shows how the Tea Party’s philosophy has triumphed in a state long known for its progressive traditions.
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Books of The Times: Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can

Daniel Gumbiner’s debut, “The Boatbuilder,” features an opioid addict who discovers the pleasures of physical labor.
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Books of The Times: Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia

In Keith Gessen’s new novel, “A Terrible Country,” a man in New York returns to his hometown of Moscow to care for his grandmother and gets entangled with political activists.
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Books of The Times: When It Comes to Politics, Be Afraid. But Not Too Afraid.

In “The Monarchy of Fear,” the philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum writes against a tradition of philosophical and political thinking that minimizes emotions.
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Books of The Times: Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint

Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” and Mona Hanna-Attisha’s “What the Eyes Don’t See” view the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from different angles.
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Books of The Times: A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems

The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” hopes that a lot of self-induced sleep will help her “reappear in some new form.”
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Books of The Times: Going for Broke, the Middle Class Goes Broke

“Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” by Alissa Quart, is a timely book about the increasing number of people who feel profound economic vulnerability.
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Critic’s Notebook: A Critic Sells Books Down by the Seashore

A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.
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Books of The Times: What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye

In “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them),” Sallie Tisdale writes about what she’s learned from spending time with the dying.
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Books of The Times: Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story

Deborah Levy’s new memoir, “The Cost of Living,” is about how she changed her life near 50 and learned that “the writing life is mostly about stamina.”
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Books of The Times: Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses

Nell Painter’s “Old in Art School” and Aruna D’Souza’s “Whitewalling” bring new energy and insight to questions that have long preoccupied the art world.
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Books of The Times: Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump’s America

In “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” Terrance Hayes expresses ambivalence and grief for his country.
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Books of The Times: Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage

In Joe Mungo Reed’s debut novel, “We Begin Our Ascent,” a cyclist competing in the Tour de France gets wrapped up in the complicated costs of possible victory.
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Books of The Times: A Community Cracked Open by Fracking

Eliza Griswold’s “Amity and Prosperity” follows a single mother’s fight against the impact of fracking in her Pennsylvania county.
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Books of The Times: ‘Unbound’ Shows Transgender Men Ripping Up Old Scripts

In her new book, the sociologist Arlene Stein follows four subjects connected by their experiences at a Florida clinic for gender affirmation surgery.
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Books of The Times: Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse

“Something in the Water” is a chilly thriller by Catherine Steadman, who played Mabel Lane Fox on “Downton Abbey.”
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Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance

Henry Alford’s “And Then We Danced” and Laura Jacobs’s “Celestial Bodies” explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
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Books of The Times: The Cry of the Centrist: In ‘Tailspin,’ Steven Brill Bemoans a Polarized America

“Is the world’s greatest democracy and economy broken?” Brill asks in a presumably reassuring passage. “Not compared to the Civil War years, or to the early 1930s.”
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Books of The Times: A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis

“The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis” traces the arc of an influential career that grew increasingly cerebral and surreal as it progressed.
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Books of The Times: ‘There There’ is an Energetic Revelation of a Corner of American Life

Tommy Orange’s debut novel follows 12 Native American characters toward a fateful powwow in Oakland, Calif.
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Books News: Want to Read Michael Lewis’s Next Work? You’ll Be Able to Listen to It First

A growing group of successful authors, including Michael Lewis and Robert Caro, are releasing audio originals, hoping to take advantage of the exploding audiobook market.
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Books of The Times: Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics

In “The President Is Missing,” a take-charge leader goes AWOL in an attempt to stop a computer virus from bringing the United States to a standstill.
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Books of The Times: A Portrait of Weegee That Captures the Man and the Myth in Full

“Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous,” by Christopher Bonanos, is the biography Weegee deserves: sympathetic and comprehensive, a scrupulous account with just the right touch of irreverence.
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Books of The Times: In 1973, an Arsonist Killed 32 People at a Gay Club. Why Has History Shrugged?

In “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” Robert W. Fieseler reports on an all but forgotten tragedy in New Orleans.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Reporter,’ Seymour Hersh Recounts Leaping Tall Deadlines in Single Bounds

Hersh’s vaunted career in journalism has included exposes of the massacre at My Lai, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and many more scoops.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Mirage Factory,’ a Thriving Los Angeles Born From Humble Beginnings

Gary Krist tells the story of the city through the lives of three people whose restlessness and ambition transformed it in the early decades of the 20th century.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy

Our critic calls this series of novels, which began with “Outline” and “Transit,” a “stark, modern, adamantine new skyscraper on the literary horizon.”
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17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer

In addition to the season’s usual fun, there are serious looks at pressing subjects among this summer’s must-reads, including the latest by Beth Macy, Michael Pollan and Jaron Lanier.
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Books of The Times: In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional

In his latest and likely last book, McCain expresses concern about the state of the union, but generally stops short of calling out President Trump.
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Storytelling Engines: What Keeps Comic Books Going

Author John Seavey talks about his new book, Storytelling Engines: How Writers Keep Superhero Sagas Going and Going!, which explores what makes it possible for comic book writers to continue finding inspiration over the years – and even decades – of a title’s life.
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Books of The Times: A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan writes about the history, science and lessons of LSD and other psychedelic substances.
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Books of The Times: Once Viewed as a Savior of Children, Hans Asperger Is Now Called a Nazi Collaborator

In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer tells the story of how a doctor once praised as an ally in the autism community has come to be judged for his complicity in the Third Reich.
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Books of The Times: With ‘Spring,’ Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Latest Project Comes Into Focus

In the third of four books addressed to his youngest daughter, Knausgaard returns to form, and to ruthlessness, writing to fight a familial legacy of alienation from the world.
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10 Best Flash Comic Books

The Flash, DC Comics’ fastest man alive, has decades of comics to his name, so after doing some speed-reading through his catalogue, we’ve selected the best of the best that every fan of the Scarlet Speedster needs to check out.

Here are the 10 best Flash comics to get you up to speed on the adventures of Barry Allen, Wally West, and the rest of the Flash family.

For more from the world of DC, check out our video on why this Batman story is an instant classic:

Joshua is IGN’s Comics Editor. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

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Books of The Times: A Mother Keeps Wartime Secrets in Michael Ondaatje’s New Novel

In “Warlight,” a man and his eccentric friends look after two teenagers in London after the children’s parents leave home for mysterious reasons.
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