Nonfiction: American Jews Face a Choice: Create Meaning or Fade Away

Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future.
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Nonfiction: Frederick Douglass in Full

David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass” places him at the center of American history.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Nonfiction Version of Thomas Cromwell’s Life

Diarmaid MacCulloch talks about his major new biography of Cromwell, the subject of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies.”
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Nonfiction: The Library Fire That Ignited an Author’s Imagination

Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” is an absorbing account of the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Central Library and a homage to libraries everywhere.
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Nonfiction: John Kerry Describes Politics as It Used to Be

“Every Day Is Extra” is the memoir of an eyewitness to some of the most dramatic changes in American political history.
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Nonfiction: Michael Lewis Wonders Who’s Really Running the Government

“The Fifth Risk” examines the crucial, often life-or-death, work done by officials in three government agencies.
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Nonfiction: The Bizarre Tale of the ‘Dinosaur Artist’ Who Trafficked in Stolen Fossils

Paige Williams tells a panoramic story that has, at its center, a man who tried to sell a stolen Tyrannosaurus skeleton from Mongolia.
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Nonfiction: The Dickensian Conditions of Life in a For-Profit Lockup

To write “American Prison,” the prizewinning reporter Shane Bauer spent four months undercover at a privately run Louisiana prison. What he found was shocking.
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Nonfiction: The Power of Pissed-Off Women

“Good and Mad,” by Rebecca Traister, and “Rage Becomes Her,” by Soraya Chemaly, argue that women’s anger is unappreciated as a catalyst for political change.
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Nonfiction: The American Past: A History of Contradictions

Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
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Nonfiction: What Are the Biggest Problems Facing Us in the 21st Century?

In “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book, the historian takes on everything from terrorism to inequality.
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Nonfiction: What Is Identity?

Francis Fukuyama’s “Identity” and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind” examine the role of personal identity in our modern age.
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Nonfiction: Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

Two new books — “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt — warn of the threat to the country’s political and social well-being by a fractured generation convinced of its fragility.
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Nonfiction: The Criminalization of Parenthood

In “Small Animals,” Kim Brooks examines why letting your kids walk alone to school or play in the park unsupervised means risking arrest — especially if you’re a mother.
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Nonfiction: Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality

In “Winners Take All,” Anand Giridharadas explores a global elite that bemoans the state of the world while refusing to seek real, structural change.
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Nonfiction: What Role Do Teachers Play in Education?

Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
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Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree

David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
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Nonfiction: Leonard Bernstein Through a Daughter’s Eyes

In “Famous Father Girl,” Jamie Bernstein is a warm, wry observer, peeking from the wings as her father glories, sifting through the jumbo pill box when he falls apart.
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Nonfiction: Looking Back at the Economic Crash of 2008

Adam Tooze’s “Crashed” examines “how a decade of financial crises changed the world.”
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Nonfiction: The Failure of Egypt’s Revolution

David D. Kirkpatrick’s “Into the Hands of the Soldiers” describes the heady days when democracy seemed a possibility in Egypt.
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Nonfiction: Two Views of Flint’s Water Troubles: One a Close-Up and One With a Wide-Angle Lens

Mona Hanna-Attisha’s “What the Eyes Don’t See” traces her role in proving Flint had a crisis. Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” takes a broader, historical view. Both books are damning.
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Nonfiction: What Happened When Fracking Came to Town

Eliza Griswold’s new book, “Amity and Prosperity,” is an impassioned account of the devastating effects of fracking on a community in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Nonfiction: The Worst Drug Crisis in American History

Beth Macy’s “Dopesick” describes the opioid epidemic that is killing thousands every year.
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Nonfiction: A White House Memoir That’s Equal Parts C-Span and ‘Sex and the City’

“The Corner of the Oval” is Beck Dorey-Stein’s fresh, funny, utterly unconventional account of working for President Obama.
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Nonfiction: In the Middle Class, and Barely Getting By

Alissa Quart’s “Squeezed” examines the problem of families at the upper edge of the middle class, struggling to survive financially in America.
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Nonfiction: What if the Government Gave Everyone a Paycheck?

The former labor secretary Robert B. Reich reviews two new books arguing for a universal basic income: “Give People Money,” by Annie Lowrey, and “The War on Normal People,” by Andrew Yang.
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Nonfiction: Does Vladimir Putin Speak for the Russian People?

Michael McFaul’s memoir of his years as ambassador to Russia, “From Cold War to Hot Peace,” recounts a campaign against the United States and the West.
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Nonfiction: The Woman Whose Hair Frightens Iran

The exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad writes about her protest against compulsory hijabs in “The Wind in My Hair.”
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Nonfiction: Remembering Obama and Hoping to Win Again

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, has written “Yes We (Still) Can,” a memoir of his years in the White House, with prescriptions for the future.
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Nonfiction: America Has Gone Off the Rails. Steven Brill Sees Ways to Get It Back on Track.

In “Tailspin,” Brill looks at many problems plaguing the country, and the people who are offering solutions.
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Nonfiction: Deep Below Rockefeller Center Lies a Legendary Botanical Garden

In “American Eden,” Victoria Johnson unearths the story of David Hosack, doctor and friend to both Hamilton and Burr, who gave botany a place in early America.
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Nonfiction: Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction

David E. Sanger’s “The Perfect Weapon” is an encyclopedic account of developments in the cyberworld.
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Nonfiction: Writing as Drag: Alexander Chee’s Essays Consider the Novelist’s Craft

In “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,” a new essay collection, the author of “The Queen of the Night” argues that writing fiction involves allowing yourself to become someone else.
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Nonfiction: Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Roxane Gay Isn’t One of Them.

Tom Santopietro’s “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters” is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.
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Nonfiction: Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch

Joseph Crespino’s “biography” of the virtuous lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.
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Nonfiction: Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul

In his latest book, “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” the virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier argues that social media companies are turning us into robotic extensions of their machines.
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Nonfiction: Is Our Obsession With Wellness Doing Us In?

In “Natural Causes,” Barbara Ehrenreich argues that our quest for perfect health is fundamentally misguided.
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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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Nonfiction: A Warning to Women of a Certain Age: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Nightdress

Pamela Druckerman — horrified when waiters began calling her “madame,” not “mademoiselle” — has written a book about women and middle age, “There Are No Grown-Ups.”
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Nonfiction: Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced

In his new book, “How to Change Your Mind,” Pollan turns to psychedelics, their history and their promise.
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Nonfiction: Deep Inside the Obama White House

“The World as It Is,” a memoir by the White House aide Ben Rhodes, recounts some of the toughest decisions Barack Obama made during his presidency.
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Nonfiction: In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?

In “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” Carl Zimmer explores inheritance in all its varied dimensions — from genetic ancestry to biological definitions of race.
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Nonfiction: David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview.

In “Calypso,” Sedaris delivers a caustically funny take on the indignities and banalities of everyday life, Cumming writes.
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Nonfiction: America’s Most Famous Street

Fran Leadon’s “Broadway” tells the story of New York City through one thoroughfare.
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Nonfiction: How Rodgers and Hammerstein Created Modern Musical Theater

In “Something Wonderful,” Todd S. Purdum analyzes the extraordinary legacy of two brilliant songwriters.
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Nonfiction: How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’

The sociologist Manuel Pastor explores the rise, fall and rise again of America’s most populous state.
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Nonfiction: The State That Foreshadows America’s Future

Lawrence Wright’s “God Save Texas” is a loving and skeptical portrait of the place he calls home.
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Nonfiction: The Essays Are Personal. The Truths Are Universal.

Sloane Crosley’s third collection, “Look Alive Out There,” blends deep pathos with the author’s signature humor.
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Nonfiction: Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now

In her new book, “Fascism: A Warning,” the former secretary of state finds the seeds of authoritarian rule in social, political and economic chaos.
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Nonfiction: Can Sobriety Be as Interesting as Addiction? A Writer Wonders

In “The Recovering,” the novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison explores her own alcoholism and the struggle to make art out of giving up drinking.
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Pulp Nonfiction: Podcasts Go Mass-Market

Parcast is one of several new networks saturating the audio market with podcasts whose lurid storylines play out like snackable television.
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Nonfiction: James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive.

In “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director doesn’t mince words in describing his interactions with President Trump: “This president is unethical, and untethered to truth.”
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Nonfiction: A Memoir of Near-Death Experiences

Maggie O’Farrell’s “I Am I Am I Am” recounts a life lived on the brink of dying.
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Books of The Times: In Lorrie Moore’s Nonfiction, the Sounds of an Intellectual Having a Good Time

“See What Can Be Done” collects the acclaimed fiction writer’s book reviews, personal essays, political pieces and ruminations on TV series.
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Nonfiction: Trust Your Own Heart, Write Your Own Story and Fight On

In “Dear Madam President,” the Clinton campaign’s former communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, tells young women how to succeed in politics.
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Nonfiction: Coming of Age as Performance Art: An Outsider in 1970s Japan

Ian Buruma’s memoir, “A Tokyo Romance,” recaptures his youthful experiences in the avant-garde film and theater world of the postwar city.
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Nonfiction: Can Donald Trump Be Impeached?

Two new books examine the modern presidency and the possibility of removing Donald Trump from office.
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Nonfiction: Democracy’s Fierce Defender

In “What Are We Doing Here?,” her new collection of essays, Marilynne Robinson mounts a vigorous defense of America’s ethical traditions and egalitarian institutions.
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Nonfiction: How Businesses Became People

In “We the Corporations,” Adam Winkler recounts the history of American companies’ efforts to shape the law to their advantage.
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Nonfiction: We Are What We Manufacture

Joshua B. Freeman’s “Behemoth” is an accessible and cogent global history of the factory and the modern world that all Americans should read.
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Nonfiction: In His New Collection, ‘The Rub of Time,’ Martin Amis Takes On Everyone From Travolta to Trump

“But the deep subject of this book, what holds its disparate bits together, is not celebrity. It’s professionalism,” A.O. Scott writes.
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Nonfiction: Getting Better All the Time?

In “It’s Better Than It Looks,” Gregg Easterbrook argues the case for optimism in a time of troubles.
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Nonfiction: Steven Pinker Continues to See the Glass Half Full

In “Enlightenment Now,” the Harvard professor offers much evidence that the world, our feelings notwithstanding, is definitely getting better.
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Nonfiction: She Didn’t Own a Birth Certificate or Go to School. Yet She Went On to Earn a Ph.D.

In her memoir, “Educated,” Tara Westover recounts her extraordinary journey from her survivalist family in Idaho to the lecture halls of the Ivy League.
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Nonfiction: Chris Hughes Made Millions at Facebook. Now He Has a Plan to End Poverty.

In “Fair Shot,” the entrepreneur considers the role luck played in his career, and how to make life more just for everyone.
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Nonfiction: An Irish Flâneur, Greeting the Past on His Present Wanderings

John Banville’s “Time Pieces” takes the acclaimed novelist back to the Dublin of his youth, recalling people and places that still live in his memory.
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Nonfiction: In ‘Brave,’ Rose McGowan Exposes Hollywood Exploitation

Using her own story as a cautionary tale, the actress — who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault last fall — lays out the ways the entertainment industry fails young women.
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Nonfiction: A Conservative’s Case Against Donald Trump

David Frum argues in “Trumpocracy” that the president is a menace to the Republic.
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Nonfiction: Gifted and Talented and Complicated

In “Off the Charts,” Ann Hulbert examines the lives of child prodigies, who often fail to sustain their accomplishments into adulthood.
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