Fiction: A Cult Hit in Argentina, This Novel Evokes and Evades Malignant Machismo

In “The Desert and Its Seed,” Jorge Barón Biza asks: How can someone who knows pain be capable of violence?

Posted on 26 May 2018 | 7:30 pm

Fiction: A Devastating Friendship Forged in India’s Underbelly

After being drawn into the world of human trafficking, two Indian girls encounter relentless cruelty at home and abroad in Shobha Rao’s novel, “Girls Burn Brighter.”

Posted on 26 May 2018 | 1:30 pm

Philip Roth’s Best Book

20 novelists, critics and historians make their case.

Posted on 26 May 2018 | 11:55 am

Fiction: A Novel of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, in Lush Tropical Detail

Roma Tearne’s “Brixton Beach,” a multigenerational family story, touches on sectarian strife in Sri Lanka and the nostalgia that comes after leaving home.

Posted on 26 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: What We Get Wrong About Animals

From the marvelous to the utterly bizarre, the astonishing diversity of life is on display in Lucy Cooke’s “The Truth About Animals.”

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 11:30 pm

Nonfiction: Downloadable Neurons, Life on Mars: A Physicist’s View of Where We’re Headed

Michio Kaku goes long in his new book, “The Future of Humanity,” imagining the frontiers of possibility. Given enough time, he says, we might become as the gods.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 pm

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 8:53 pm

The Book Review Podcast: David Sedaris on ‘Calypso’

Sedaris talks about his latest book, and Alisa Roth discusses “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.”

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

Military History: Fighting Wars Past, Present and Future

Several new books examine methods of conducting war, from the days of George Washington to the latest developments in cyberwarfare.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 3:19 pm

Nonfiction: The French Revolution Made Him an Exile, and a Writer

Alex Andriesse’s translation of “Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, 1768-1800” follows François-René de Chateaubriand from Europe to America and back.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 3:03 pm

Crime: Missing Bodies, Missing Killers, Deadly Missed Opportunities

In Marilyn Stasio’s column, a pond in Maine and a British choir loft may be crime scenes. World War II Reykjavik and modern-day Glasgow surely are.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Sketchbook | The Literati: The Sensational Rise and Fall of Truman Capote

How the success of “In Cold Blood” led to a quick fame, followed by a long infamy.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

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.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

The Shortlist: Wild Animals Gallop, Swim and Scamper Their Way Through These Books

Three new books tell the story of jellyfish, mustangs and all the many creatures an impassioned veterinarian might encounter.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Children’s Books: In Katherine Applegate’s New Fantasy Novel, Extinction Is Imminent

What would it be like to be the final one of your kind? The only surviving member of a human-dog hybrid species tries to keep hope alive.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: 750,000 Germans Fled East Prussia in 1945. A Novelist Imagines One Family’s Exodus.

In “All for Nothing,” the German writer Walter Kempowski confronts a long-simmering trauma: the plight of the country’s civilian refugees during World War II.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: In the Colorado Desert, a Debut Novelist Finds a Metaphor for Israel and Palestine

Heather Abel’s novel, “The Optimistic Decade,” takes a seat around the campfire of a back-to-the-land retreat for idealistic young activists in ’80s and ’90s America.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: The Fate of Most Silicon Valley Drones: ‘Live Work Work Work Die’

Corey Pein delves into the dark heart of the tech industry, where most are destined not to make it.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

New in Paperback: ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ ‘Compass’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Tina Brown on Truman Capote‘s brilliant and tragic life.

Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:00 am