An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

Matthew Dickman’s new collection of poems, “Wonderland,” revisits his teenage years.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:39 pm

Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness

In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez

“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 8:00 pm

Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump?

Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 7:00 pm

Children’s Books: Why Do Kids’ Books About Black Hair Draw So Much Attention — and Controversy?

I set out to write a warm, whimsical book about a black girl’s hair. Twenty years on, that’s still a powerful subject.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 4:58 pm

Applied Reading: Harry Potter in Your Pocket

A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:00 am

Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children

A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager’s treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:42 pm

Profile: For the French Author Édouard Louis, His Books Are His Weapon

“History of Violence,” out this month in the U.S., is the writer’s attempt to tell his own story of being raped and nearly murdered.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:35 pm

Fiction: Yes, Tommy Orange’s New Novel Really Is That Good

Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of “There There,” his quietly devastating debut.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:16 pm

Fiction: In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys in Syria

In her debut, “The Map of Salt and Stars,” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 7:00 pm

New & Noteworthy

A selection of recent audiobooks; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:00 am

Match Book: O Canada! What Should I Read?

The best books to read to acquaint yourself with our northern neighbors.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction

David E. Sanger’s “The Perfect Weapon” is an encyclopedic account of developments in the cyberworld.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: Two New Books From Australia, Unconstrained by Literary Convention

“Border Districts” and “Stream System,” by Gerald Murnane, reflect the author’s forays into the inner reaches of his own mind.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 9:30 pm

Nonfiction: Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch

Joseph Crespino’s “biography” of the virtuous lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 9:27 pm

Nonfiction: Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Roxane Gay Isn’t One of Them.

Tom Santopietro’s “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters” is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 9:27 pm

A Hard Childhood Compressed Into Poetry, With Concision and Heat

In his collection “Not Here,” the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen makes art from his memories of racism and abuse.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 9:22 pm

Nonfiction: Curious About Your Ancestry? Submit a DNA Swab, and a Big Grain of Salt

In her book “Futureface,” Alex Wagner takes a skeptical look at companies that research our genetics only to hedge their bets in the fine print.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 8:45 pm

Nonfiction: A History of the Energy We Have Consumed

In his new book, Richard Rhodes makes his way through four centuries of energy use, from oil to nuclear, and how each innovation has changed the world.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 7:00 pm

Nonfiction: Was Autism a Nazi Invention?

In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.

Posted on 18 June 2018 | 7:00 pm