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“Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve” slices and dices the texts of classic and contemporary books to generate charts and graphs.
Readers respond to a recent review of George Saunders’s “Lincoln in the Bardo” and more.
Domenico Starnone’s novel is a sort of sequel to Elena Ferrante’s ‘Days of Abandonment.’
In Jami Attenberg’s “All Grown Up,” a single woman entering her 40s forgoes the typical trappings of adulthood.
The author, most recently, of “White Tears” says it might be nice to give Theresa May a book that shows England from an outsider’s perspective: She “strikes me as the kind of Tory who has read too much Trollope and not enough of anything else.”
In “The Brain Defense,” Kevin Davis considers whether new developments in neuroscience could redefine innocence and culpability.
Space oddities abound in Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, as a Czech astronaut is sent to a mysterious cloud of dust swept in from a neighboring galaxy.
“You Say to Brick,” a biography by Wendy Lesser, examines Kahn’s life and buildings.
Noah Isenberg’s “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” and Glenn Frankel’s “High Noon” examine the cultural and political contexts of two Hollywood classics.
The Boy Scouts are heroes and villains in “The Hearts of Men,” Nickolas Butler’s sweeping novel of summer camp.
In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
Florence Williams discusses “The Nature Fix,” and Jennifer Szalai talks about new Argentine fiction.
A remembrance of reading Proust.