Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
Elia Kazan’s letters underscore his central importance in the maturing of American film and theater at midcentury.
Tim Winton’s hero, a disgraced and despairing activist in Western Australia, is called to help a childhood friend.
A biography of the painter who crossed paths with everyone from Kate Moss to the Kray brothers.
A history of Jewish life in the villages of Eastern Europe before the period familiar to American Jews.
Cruelty and lust predominate in A. L. Kennedy’s stories.
Brando Skyhorse’s turbulent childhood was built on myth.
This novel’s protagonist cannot surmount his grief over his wife’s murder.
A history of liberalism, told through the lives and ideas of a dynamic group of European and American thinkers.
Ellen Willis, who emerged in the 1960s, asked serious questions about culture and politics.
These stories portray women’s lives in Magadan, Russia, a town known as an entryway to gulag labor camps.
A boy in a remote Scottish town tries to understand the terrible thing that has happened to his mother.
Why do paper clips bend? What makes elastic stretchy? A scientist examines the ubiquitous substances we take for granted.
Marja Mills, whose “Mockingbird Next Door” is No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction list, spent ample time observing Harper Lee going about her ordinary daily life.
New books by Lee Upton, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, David James Poissant and Adam Wilson.
Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”
Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.