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David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.
Noah Isenberg’s “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” and Glenn Frankel’s “High Noon” examine the cultural and political contexts of two Hollywood classics.
In “Identity Unknown,” Donna Seaman profiles Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Loïs Mailou Jones and others.
In “Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember,” Christine Hyung-Oak Lee describes life in the aftermath of her stroke.
New books on how to relax, cuddle, sip cocoa, bake pastries, knit sweaters and drink coffee during trying times.
Ibram X. Kendi discusses the history of books about race and racism in America; Bill Schutt talks about “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.”
In “Pretending Is Lying,” the Belgian graphic novelist Dominique Goblet recalls the troubled men in her life — an alcoholic father and wayward boyfriend.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Petrograd’s expatriates provide a running commentary on the fall of the czar in Helen Rappaport’s “Caught in the Revolution.”
“Lincoln in the Bardo,” about the president mourning his young son, goes straight to the top of the hardcover fiction list.
The novelist Marisa Silver on how notions of plot have changed through literature.
Readers respond to recent reviews of Michael Tomasky’s “Bill Clinton,” Elliot Ackerman’s “Dark at the Crossing” and more.
Close observers of the political scene, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, are getting into the thriller game.
New young adult crossover books include a novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a fantasy about a sinister magic carnival, and more.
Marc Bojanowski’s second novel, “Journeyman,” is about a drifter out West who reconnects, reluctantly, with his brother.
In “A Piece of the World,” Christina Baker Kline invents a private life for the woman in Andrew Wyeth’s most famous painting.
“The Schooldays of Jesus” continues J.M. Coetzee’s fictional exploration of a boy’s encounters with a disturbing new world.
Sam Shepard’s novella, “The One Inside,” is narrated by a rueful, aging actor/writer not unlike Shepard himself.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The Times.
In “How to Murder Your Life” and “All the Lives I Want,” Cat Marnell and Alana Massey till the raw ground of the personal.