Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
In “Substitute,” Nicholson Baker fills in at school in Maine to find out what’s really going on in class.
In the essays in “Against Everything,” Mark Greif brings an intellectual arsenal to bear on materialistic desperation and market culture.
Raina Telgemeier extends her skills as a storyteller into the magic-realist realm in “Ghosts.”
New books about New York City and the Hudson River Valley during the American Revolution and more.
My students all believe I am writing about them. Why is race so much harder for the grown-ups?
Three troubled sixth graders and one amazing teacher who changes everything, in John David Anderson’s “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.”
Carolyn Parkhurst’s new novel, “Harmony,” is a moving and compassionate literary dive straight into the heart of a frantic parent.
Mark Lilla’s essays in “The Shipwrecked Mind” examine the nature of political reactionaries.
Steven B. Smith’s “Modernity and Its Discontents” is a survey of Western intellectual history from Machiavelli to Saul Bellow.
“The Best Man,” by Richard Peck, examines a boy’s relationships with the men in his life, two of whom will marry.
Children climb typography mountains and craft their own adventures in four tributes to the power of storytelling.
A red door leads to adventure, a curious mouse sends himself to the moon, and a lonely man gets a mysterious invitation.
A gifted young sprinter in a tough neighborhood unexpectedly finds the support he needs in Jason Reynolds’s “Ghost.”
Sarah Jaffe’s “Necessary Trouble” and Zachary Roth’s “The Great Suppression” examine disparate efforts to further democracy and to restrict it.
In Alejandro Zambra’s latest, “Multiple Choice,” narrative and parody tangle with standardized tests.
In “The Hatred of Poetry,” Ben Lerner maintains that poetry is “often met with contempt rather than mere indifference.”
The reporter Phyllis Korkki takes on procrastination and the urge to defer in “The Big Thing.”
Tim Parks recommends five of his favorite translated novels.