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James Gleick’s “Time Travel: A History” is a fascinating mash-up of philosophy, literary criticism, physics and cultural observation.
“What the F” and “In Praise of Profanity” examine the linguistics, neurology, sociology — and just plain fun — of cursing.
Simon Schama talks about “The Face of Britain,” and Robert Gottlieb discusses “Avid Reader.”
The notion that life, including intelligent life, exists beyond Earth seems more persuasive than ever. Four new books take a look at the search, and the searchers.
New books about a powerful hurricane, disaster preparedness, water management and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
In “Avid Reader,” the editor Robert Gottlieb chronicles a lifelong affair with books.
An orphan heads to a temple town to confront her history of abuse in Anuradha Roy’s Booker-longlisted novel “Sleeping on Jupiter.”
An aristocrat under house arrest witnesses the rise of the Soviet empire in Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”
“We Eat Our Own,” Kea Wilson’s debut novel about a jungle film shoot, draws inspiration from the notorious “Cannibal Holocaust.”
Kleeman’s stories in “Intimations” span styles and moods.
Tea’s “Black Wave” combines a run-up to apocalypse with dark humor.
The stories in Christine Sneed’s “The Virginity of Famous Men” inhabit the lives of the indecisive.
A middle-class boy becomes obsessed with a rich girl, and increasingly unstable, in Teddy Wayne’s “Loner.”
In “Perfume River,” Butler traces the lasting effects of the Vietnam conflict on a New Orleans family.
Nigel Cliff’s “Moscow Nights” tells the story of how Van Cliburn added a human face to the Cold War with a gold-medal performance.
“The Hidden Life of Trees,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, describes the way trees protect their young, communicate and develop communities.
Readers respond to recent reviews of Julia Leigh’s “Avalanche,” Belle Boggs’s “The Art of Waiting” and more.
Charles McGrath on a new Library of America collection of John O’Hara’s stories.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Suggested reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.