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Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to Bernard-Henri Lévy’s By the Book interview and more.
Three recently published books offer past, present and possible future views of the country.
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
The author, most recently, of “A Really Good Day” maybe isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre. But “come to think of it, ‘Atonement,’ by Ian McEwan, is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and what is that if not a nurse romance?”
“The Way of the Strangers,” by Graeme Wood, asks where the militants of ISIS get their values.
In “How America Lost Its Secrets,” Edward Jay Epstein says Russia was the main beneficiary of Snowden’s revelations.
Omar Saif Ghobash’s “Letters to a Young Muslim” offers advice for young Muslims in the West, and Ali A. Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim” is about a journey from believer to atheist.
Douglas Preston goes in search of a forgotten pre-Columbian city in the jungles of Honduras in “The Lost City of the Monkey God.”
In “Audacity,” Jonathan Chait says Barack Obama’s achievements will not be easy to dismantle.
Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.
The protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here” sees something dark brewing in American politics.
The heroine of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp novel tries to do the right thing about race, class, nutrition, poverty, parenthood and plastics.
Like reality-TV fans and some Donald J. Trump supporters, today’s novel readers may recognize the artifice before them but form a bond of “shared culpability.”
Mary Ruefle’s new book of prose poems and reflections, “My Private Property,” is filled with counterintuitive insights.
Nicholas Lemann talks about “How America Lost Its Secrets,” and James Ryerson discusses new books about civility.
Readers respond to Woody Allen’s review of “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary” and more.
The scientist Elizabeth Blackburn won a Nobel Prize for some of the discoveries she and Elissa Epel write about in “The Telomere Effect,” an anti-aging book new at No. 15 in hardcover nonfiction.
Kevin Dann’s “Expect Great Things” offers a New Age vision of Henry David Thoreau.
The small-statured heroine of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s middle-grade novel “Short” lands a part in a semiprofessional production of “The Wizard of Oz.”