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An author in translation finds himself caught between English, Estonian and Russian.
In Alan Judd’s novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” Germany’s former ruler is visited in exile by its current masters, the Nazis.
“Krazy,” Michael Tisserand’s biography of the cartoonist George Herriman, plumbs his art for signs of his mixed-race background
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
“Chop Chop Suey,” “Food City” and “Eight Flavors” explore various American foodways.
“Ernst Kantorowicz,” by Robert E. Lerner, offers a timely look at a groundbreaking historian.
The author, most recently, of “4 3 2 1” says when he was 17, Isaac Babel’s stories “opened a door in my mind, and behind that door I found the room where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.”
In “Tears We Cannot Stop,” the public intellectual and ordained minister Michael Eric Dyson urges whites to awaken to black suffering.
Should civility be based on mutual contempt rather than mutual respect? New books on what it means to be civil.
Coretta Scott King’s “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” is an absorbing account of a brutal historical era.
Han Kang’s “Human Acts” revisits a 1980 uprising against South Korea’s authoritarian rule.
Gary Taubes discusses “The Case Against Sugar,” and Anthony Gottlieb talks about a new biography of Casanova.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to “The Year in Reading” and more.
In “History of Wolves,” by Emily Fridlund, a story about sexual awakening and identity formation turns into something darker.
The gymnast Simone Biles capped her very good 2016 with a No. 1 memoir, “Courage to Soar,” currently No. 4 in young adult hardcover.
In Thomas Perry’s “The Old Man,” a retired intelligence agent is forced to run for his life using obsolete survival techniques.
A Somali expatriate makes an attempt to restore part of his homeland in Andrew Harding’s “The Mayor of Mogadishu.”
Claudia Hammond’s “Mind Over Money” shows us how to put the lessons of behavioral economics into practice when we manage our own finances.
As Laurence Bergreen documents in “Casanova,” the famous ladies’ man also rubbed elbows with a Who’s Who of 18th-century Europe.