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These Books Take You to a Wild Place
By Eve M. Kahn nov 20, 2019

Explore the settings where villains lurk, heroes meander and jaws drop.

Murder at Lake Maggiore
By Scott Bradfield nov 20, 2019

Piero Chiara’s existential thriller “The Bishop’s Bedroom” explores a dangerous game of deception in the years just after World War II.

‘The Hidden History of Burma’ Traces the Vanishing of Hope
By Jennifer Szalai nov 19, 2019

Thant Myint-U’s new book offers a deeper understanding of the country’s history and of the trajectory of its de facto political leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

When You Can’t Afford a Jane Austen Original
By Kathryn Sutherland nov 19, 2019

A new coffee table book revisits the publishing histories of novels like Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility.

The Man Who Was American Music
By Eric Grode nov 19, 2019

James Kaplan’s “Irving Berlin” traces a celebrated life that extended over 100 years.

Songs of Survival and Rebellion
By Touré nov 19, 2019

Their music spans genres and generations, but six iconic performers strike a similar chord in their new memoirs. The dominant note? Honesty.

What Tweets and Emojis Did to the Novel
By Charles Finch nov 19, 2019

The digital age ushered in new ways of reading — and revived old ones (the scroll and the ideogram). Could it also explain the rise of autofiction? Charles Finch considers.

Instead of a New Album, Rihanna Drops a Book
By Hunter Harris nov 19, 2019

A large-scale memoir-in-images, simply titled “Rihanna,” is the latest in the musician-turned-mogul’s luxury offerings.

Design That’s Got Users in Mind
By Edward Tenner nov 19, 2019

In “User Friendly,” Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant recount America’s long history of making products that take people’s needs into account.

Bad Bishops, Bloodletting and a Plague of Caterpillars
By Josephine Livingstone nov 19, 2019

“The Corner That Held Them,” by Sylvia Townsend Warner, and “Medieval Bodies,” by Jack Hartnell, consider the pleasures and perils of life in the Middle Ages.