Some independent shops flout the new limits on free expression. Others try to come to terms with them. For readers, they offer a sense of connection in a changed city.
The Irish entertainer is known for his freewheeling talk show, but in his novel “Home Stretch” he explores what it’s like for a gay man to return to his home and find both it and himself wholly transformed.
In “Drunk,” Edward Slingerland plays devil’s advocate for the pleasure and utility of Dionysian abandon.
In his new novel, “The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.
Packer talks about “Last Best Hope,” and Suzanne Simard discusses “Finding the Mother Tree.”
Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.
Her subjects ranged widely, but she took special aim at journalism itself, writing that every journalist “knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”
The director deftly constructs a dialogue between Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.
The novelist’s remarks went viral after she criticized former students as well as “social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion.”
All Seasons Press, started by former executives from Simon & Schuster and Hachette, plans to publish books by the former Trump officials Mark Meadows and Peter Navarro.
Louis Menand discusses how art, culture and ideas from the Cold War period have shaped America.
Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel has influenced not just writers but photographers, sculptors and painters, all grappling with what it means to be seen.
In P.J. Vernon’s new thriller, “Bath Haus,” the protagonist’s decision to cheat on his partner spirals into nerve-racking terror.
New Y.A. literature, television and film let me imagine a better future.
The comedian’s first book, “She Memes Well,” balances jokes, autobiography and serious thoughts about the state of the country.
Sasha Issenberg talks about “The Engagement,” and J. Hoberman discusses the story of Hollywood as told through 10 books.
The French heist thriller was a huge global hit when it debuted on Netflix in January. Even the creator and cast were surprised.
In “The Bench,” the Duchess of Sussex takes on “the special relationship” of fathers and sons, and the daunting challenge of rhyming verse.
Amanda Kloots grieved in public when her husband Nick Cordero died. Now she is sharing the rest of her story in “Live Your Life.”
A fan of crime novels, the former police commissioner loves Michael Connelly’s hero Harry Bosch — but adds, “I don’t have a favorite villain.”
“You need art that matches your intensity,” writes our advice columnist.
Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.
“The President’s Daughter” is set in motion with a kidnapping, and then a paramilitary operation is put together in response.
“Forget the Alamo,” by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford, and “A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles,” by Bill Minutaglio, have many strange stories to tell about the Lone Star State.
With help from Harry Potter, the Magic School Bus and the Baby-Sitters Club, he created the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.
In “Hola Papi,” the writer John Paul Brammer mines his own experiences and traumas to deliver wisdom for queer readers.
The British scholar Elinor Cleghorn’s new history traces medicine’s sexism from Hippocrates to today.
Anne Sebba’s new biography tells the story of a fanatical Communist and loving mother who went to her death proclaiming her innocence.
“Dear Senthuran” is an epistolary memoir of gender identity, diaspora and the solitude of success.
In “The Plague Year,” Lawrence Wright tells the story of the pandemic that upended all of our lives — both the failures to combat it, and the science that saved us.
The author of “Goodbye, Columbus” and “The Human Stain” left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.
The century-old Drama Book Shop in Manhattan struggled for years. Then “Hamilton” happened.
In “Ravenous,” Sam Apple tells the story of a researcher who was able to carry out his groundbreaking work on cancer cells even in the middle of World War II.
A rabbi, educator and author of a landmark book, he asked, “How can Jews believe in an omnipotent, beneficent God after Auschwitz?”
An Austrian, she was among the most decorated German-language poets of the postwar period, producing a large body of daring work.
Francis Spufford talks about “Light Perpetual,” and Egill Bjarnason discusses “How Iceland Changed the World.”
Created by the artist Sophia Al-Maria, the new series resituates Nin’s erotic short story collection in 1955 Morocco, a year before the country threw off its colonialist yoke.
His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.
Kimberlee Stevenson was a fan of John Murray’s books. After they connected on social media, he became her biggest admirer.
Breaking with the dominant literary styles among Black writers at the time, the author expanded the limits of realism to create a world that was, and remains, all too familiar.
“I’ve held onto it the way you hold on to something you love,” King said about the novel, which has been reimagined as an eight-part series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.
“All I wanted to do was live like the French.”
A new book enters that category known as “fashion horror stories.” Something to consider before you shop.
As head of Pantheon, he nurtured prize winners and best sellers, rescued Joseph Mitchell from obscurity and helped establish graphic novels as a literary genre.
“The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu,” by Tom Lin, is a vengeance quest in an unforgiving landscape during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
“At Night All Blood Is Black,” a novel written by David Diop and translated by Anna Moschovakis, had already received rave reviews.
“Journey to the Edge of Reason,” by Stephen Budiansky, is an illuminating new biography of the groundbreaking mathematician.
Activists are trying to preserve the prison he was sent to after his conviction for “indecency,” saying his life is an important part of Britain’s history.