J. D. Vance, whose memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” is No.9 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says, “It’s amazing how much just knowing other people changes the way you think and talk about them.”
In “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything,” Rosa Brooks says the police have become more like soldiers, and soldiers more like the police.
In “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube,” Blair Braverman writes about falling in love with the Arctic, in Norway and Alaska.
As dementia closes in, a girl tries to decipher her father’s past in Liz Moore’s “The Unseen World.”
Varied perspectives inform a tale of a movie star’s flight from the public eye in Maggie O’Farrell’s “This Must Be the Place.”
A couple on a road trip face tornadoes and their own fraying marriage in Hannah Pittard’s “Listen to Me.”
Andrew Scott Cooper’s “The Fall of Heaven” is a history of the end of imperial Iran that urges a re-evaluation of the shah and his regime.
Facing a range of indignities, three generations of women summon new reserves of inner strength in Stuart Nadler’s “The Inseparables.”
Jane Rogers’s “Conrad and Eleanor” traces the deepening conflicts in the union of two scientists.
Anna Solomon’s second novel, “Leaving Lucy Pear,” is set in Prohibition-era New England.
Lisa McInerney’s “The Glorious Heresies” and more.
Dan Zak’s “Almighty” is a perfectly measured blend of biography, suspense and history.
“People don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings these days,” says Heather Havrilesky, who writes the advice column Ask Polly.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
New books by J. Bradford Hipps, John Gregory Brown, Lee Clay Johnson and Matthew Neill Null.
“Ninety-Nine Stories of God,” by Joy Williams, is informed by a learned yet half-feral Christianity.
Readers respond to a recent review of Gay Talese’s “The Voyeur’s Motel” and more.
In “The Underground Railroad,” his new novel about American slavery, Colson Whitehead courageously opens his eyes where the rest of us would rather look away.
The poet and professor Kenneth Goldsmith talks about the magic of spending time together online.
New books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.