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New books about the art of storytelling, the writing life, reading and the literary origins of the financial crisis.
Paulo Coelho’s “The Spy,” a fictional retelling of the life of Mata Hari, is No.18 on the extended hardcover fiction list.
“The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel,” Steven Fine’s richly illustrated academic study.
Jerry Brotton’s “The Sultan and the Queen” is about England’s first sustained interaction with the Muslim world.
In “Al Capone,” Deirdre Bair investigates Public Enemy No. 1 through the unexpected lens of home and family.
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
Robert Harris’s new thriller, “Conclave,” is a tightly woven tale about power machinations at the top of the Roman Catholic Church.
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s “Moses: A Human Life” shows a man facing the divine and the elusive meaning of life.
New books include “Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks.”
Michael Krasny’s “Let There Be Laughter” is celebration of Jewish humor.
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s “Island People,” about the Caribbean, is the product of more than a dozen years of extended visits to the region.
Richard McGuire’s charming “Sequential Drawings” collects over a decade’s worth of spot illustrations for The New Yorker.
Julie Scelfo’s book positions itself as an antidote to the historiographical tradition of forgetting — and belatedly remembering — women.
Chris Smith’s oral history traces the 16-year sprint that turned “The Daily Show” from a second-rate cable presentation into a vital institution in American politics and the media.
Therese Oneill’s “Unmentionable” transports us back to the world of middle-class 19th-century women, emphasizing the messy details that costume dramas airbrush out.
Revisit Tomi Ungerer’s surprising stories, pretend to cook and more in these large-format illustrated books.
Glossy new books devoted to the lavish retreats of American “country house” living.
Two new books arrive at the same conclusion: Queen Victoria wasn’t as Victorian as she’s been made out to be — especially behind the bedroom door.
The actress, singer and author of “Scrappy Little Nobody” would love to be a bath reader, “but the Parisian charm wears off after five minutes, and then I just want to be dry.”
New books showcase the photos of Daido Moriyama, Sally Mann and others.