Nonfiction: Were the Founders Against Slavery All Along?

Sean Wilentz’s “No Property in Man” argues that despite some expedient compromises, the Constitution’s writers were careful to plant the seeds of abolition.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:27 pm

The Book Review: Susan Orlean on a Great Library Fire

Orlean discusses “The Library Book,” about a 1986 blaze in Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than a million books.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 6:27 pm

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

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

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 6:12 pm

Fiction: In Barbara Kingsolver’s New Book, a Family Teeters on the Brink

“Unsheltered,” a big, gripping, emotionally complex novel on the same scale as “The Poisonwood Bible,” explores what it means to have a safe place in the world.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 6:00 pm

Sketchbook | Graphic review: An Illustrated Homage to the Oceans Atlas

The graphic artist Kristen Radtke recalls the influence that a book about the seas had on her young imagination.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

The Shortlist: The Latest in Jazz, the Genius of Jerome Robbins, and Bernhardt vs. Duse

Nate Chinen on “jazz for the new century”; Wendy Lesser’s biography of a great choreographer; and the most entertaining theatrical rivalry ever.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Children’s Books: Standout New Picture Books

Sibling truces, outrageous wordplay, being a kid in Beijing and more in the latest delights for the smallest readers and listeners.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: For the Young Couple in This Novel, the Stars Align, Then Explode

An intercontinental romance ends in tragedy in Heather Taylor-Johnson’s debut, “Jean Harley Was Here.”

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

New in Paperback: ‘What Happened,’ ‘A Good Country’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: The Malevolent Little Mermaid: Not Your Usual Fantasy Heroine

Imogen Hermes Gowar’s historical novel sets a sharp-clawed sea creature adrift on the raucous social tides of 18th-century London.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

From Our Archives: 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: Scott Simon on “Saturday Night.”

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Inside the List: We Decided to Spend Some Time on Best-selling Novelists’ Websites. Here’s What We Found.

James Patterson offers movie reviews; John Sandford provides statistics on his use of profanities; Tana French promises readers something remarkable.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Fiction: A Norwegian Novel Complicates the Canon of New Testament Fiction

Lars Petter Sveen’s “Children of God,” his first novel to be translated into English, presents a problematic portrayal of Jesus Christ.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Nonfiction: How the United States Achieved World Leadership

Derek Leebaert’s “Grand Improvisation” tells a complicated story of post-World War II Europe with Washington often operating in a fog.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

FICTION: An Indian Couple Consider a Daring Gambit to Have a Baby

“One Part Woman,” by the Tamil novelist Perumal Murugan, imagines the pain of childlessness for a rural Indian couple during the colonial era.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Bookshelf: From F.D.R. to Serial Killers: New Books on New Yorkers

There is some cozy reading in store for those who like to stay steeped in the city’s sociopolitical history, including tales of war heroes and mob bosses.

Posted on 18 October 2018 | 2:00 pm

By the Book: Tina Turner: By the Book

The singer, whose memoir “My Love Story” has just been published, wishes Mick Jagger would write an autobiography: “He can outtalk anyone on the planet. That’s the book I want to read, and so will everybody else. Mick?”

Posted on 18 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Match Book: Indigenous Stories for Young Readers

Young adult and middle grade fiction to educate children in the vast terrain of Native American history.

Posted on 17 October 2018 | 6:46 pm

The Book Review: Barry Jenkins and Meg Wolitzer on Two of This Season’s Novels on Screen

Jenkins talks about his adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and Wolitzer discusses the adaptation of her novel “The Wife.”

Posted on 17 October 2018 | 2:58 pm