Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Graphic Tribute to a Classic Work of Paleontological Literature

The children’s book author and illustrator David Nytra draws a review of William E. Scheele’s “Prehistoric Animals.”

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 4:05 pm

The Book Review: Rethinking the ‘Tangled Tree’ of Life

“We are composites of various creatures,” David Quammen says. “We are mosaics.”

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 3:47 pm

Children’s Books: Charming, Plucky Picture Books That Ease Back-to-Class Jitters

The very best kids’ books — like these — help the under-10 set work through their fears.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 3:40 pm

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.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 3:06 pm

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: Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 2:57 pm

Inside the List: ‘It’s So Hard for Parents to Imagine Their Children Shooting Up Heroin’: Beth Macy on ‘Dopesick’

Back in 2012, Macy, a journalist, wrote articles about suburban heroin addiction. In a new book she’s widened her lens, exploring the roots of the national opioid crisis.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 2:42 pm

New in Paperback: ‘Democracy in Chains,’ ‘Black Mad Wheel’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: A Writer’s Trip Into the Amazon Reveals Brazil and Himself

Chris Feliciano Arnold’s “The Third Bank of the River” is a reported and personal look at the problems plaguing the Amazon and its people.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

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.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: Stepsisters, Lovers and Gender-Bending Artists, Now Celebrated in a Novel

In “Never Anyone but You,” Rupert Thomson reimagines the lives of the Surrealist icons Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Crime: From a Marsh to a Mountain, Crime Fiction Heads Outdoors

Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: Searching for Language to Capture How Climate Change Has Altered Our World

In “Rising,” Elizabeth Rush surveys the new contours of an America already changed by rising waters.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: An American in Japan, Leading a Zen Koan of a Life

Tracy Franz’s “My Year of Dirt and Water” considers the paradoxical experience of being married to a Buddhist monk, cloistered in a Japanese temple.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 7:00 pm

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Karel Capek

“This is the power of ‘War With the Newts’: It leaves us staring with bewilderment at the ways that we — with our tiny acts of greed and insensitivity and willful blindness — did all this.”

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 6:19 pm

Light Reading: Using the Hashtag #ShareYourRejection, Writers Are Tweeting about Their Rocky Paths to Publication

It’s not all glamour and prizes.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 5:51 pm

Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

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

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 4:00 pm

By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book

The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: A Critic Who Worships Literature, and Defends His Faith Accordingly

In his passionate new essay collection, “American Audacity,” William Giraldi fiercely emphasizes the cultural importance of high literary standards.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: The Street Where ‘They Do Strange Things’

Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s history of the Bowery, “Devil’s Mile,” is a narrative not only of the famous street but also of New York City.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 7:00 pm