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Books News: How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:12
Nico Walker’s Autobiographical novel “Cherry” traces his descent into addiction and crime. It’s being called the first great novel of the opioid crisis.

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:34
“My joy exists with pain,” Ms. Silver wrote. Her poems moved in a new direction after she received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2004.

All the World’s a Crime: Thrillers from Around the Globe

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:15
Our map of crime novels and detective fiction offers far-flung suggestions for your summer reading.

The Book Review: Lydia Millet on ‘Fight No More’

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:12
“Everything’s so outrageous now in the public sphere,” Ms. Millet says. “You can’t really be more absurd or more fictional than real life is right now.”

Fiction: In These Stories, Home Is Where the Heartache Is

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:03
The characters in Lydia Millet’s new linked collection, “Fight No More,” yearn to understand the fractures in their lives.

Inside the List: Around the World With Books: A Peek at Global Best-Seller Lists

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:34
In August, the best-seller lists here don’t change much. So we decided to look elsewhere — Germany, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands.

Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:25
How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.

A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:23
The well regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit.

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:26
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Fareed Zakaria’s first book, “From Wealth to Power.”

Children’s Books: Actress Diane Guerrero Recounts Her Family’s Deportation Ordeal

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:14
In “My Family Divided,” the “Orange Is the New Black” star tells the story of coming home at age 14 to find her parents gone, taken by immigration authorities.

Nonfiction: Going Solo: An Author Chooses — and Celebrates — Life Without a Partner or Kids

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:08
Glynnis MacNicol’s smart, pithy memoir, “No One Tells You This,” celebrates women who buck cultural norms.

Anita Miller, Who Battled John Cheever’s Family, Dies at 91

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:09
An author and publisher with an eclectic bent, she was a founder of Academy Chicago, which sold feminist, mystery, literary and children’s books.

Children’s Books: How Do We Tell a New Generation of Teenagers About the Vietnam War?

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
Elizabeth Partridge’s “Boots on the Ground” includes some disturbing images and facts. But today’s activist teenagers can handle a fuller account of American conduct during the war.

Nonfiction: Mughal Men Ruled South Asia — and One Man Was Ruled by a Woman

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
The daughter of Persian immigrants, Nur Jahan became the favorite wife and the co-ruler of Emperor Jahangir. Ruby Lal’s “Empress” tells her story.

Sketchbook: In Order to Write, It Must Be Right

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
A room of one’s own? The cartoonist Grant Snider thinks a writer needs a lot more than that.

Nonfiction: Looking Back at the Economic Crash of 2008

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
Adam Tooze’s “Crashed” examines “how a decade of financial crises changed the world.”

The Shortlist: Fictional Glimpses of the Past: From the Tudors to the Czars

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
England and Russia figure in two recent novels, while in the New World, historical fiction revisits the 19th-century Caribbean and the American West.

Nonfiction: Defending Conservatism, and Seeking Converts

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
Roger Scruton’s “Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition” is intended not only for the author’s political allies but for liberals too.

Fiction: A Novel That Delves Into the Mind of a Famous Schizophrenic

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
In “Playthings,” Alex Pheby tells the story of Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who described his own struggles with mental illness.

Essay: Au Revoir, Nancy! A Children’s Book Author Kisses Her Character Goodbye

New York Times Bestsellers - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
As Jane O’Connor, the author of the Fancy Nancy books, ends her series, she reflects on the intimate connections she’s fostered with young readers.
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