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Readers respond to a recent essay about Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and more.
Essay collections by David Orr, Stanley Elkin and Betty Fussell.
It wasn’t the hope of immortality that goaded me to write: It was obsession.
“Finks” tells the story of an unlikely band of double agents: writers and editors at The Paris Review.
In his 10th novel, “Shadowbahn,” Steve Erickson somehow captures what’s so urgent about the fractured state of the country.
In Colin Thubron’s novel “Night of Fire,” a house burns down with its tenants inside. But is death the only fate they share?
In Laurie Frankel’s “This Is How It Always Is,” family members search for the best way to support a transgender child.
“The Genius of Judaism,” by the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, is a cultural treatise and a revealingly personal document.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Laird Hunt’s novel “The Evening Road,” set in 1930s Indiana, tells the story of a white woman, a black woman and a lynching.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s “The Girl from the Metropol Hotel” is a memoir of coming of age in hardship in the Soviet Union.
George Saunders’s first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.
An Israeli Arab surgeon discovers his wife’s secret, little Riad Sattouf goes to school in Syria and a cartoonist travels the region.
Tim Parks wonders if the literary world is becoming more political, and whether that would be a good thing.
The author, most recently, of “Autumn” ranks “Invitation to a Beheading” among the great books: “Nabokov treats us to, then liberates us from, the bad farce of totalitarianism. What a blast.”
On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, the vision of life depicted in her popular novels still speaks to our country’s promise — and to its divides.
Sheelah Kolhatkar’s “Black Edge” is about the feds’ pursuit of a hedge fund manager.
“Generation Revolution” by Rachel Aspden shows that the young in Egypt are improbably looking forward and backward at the same time.
In “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” Elizabeth Brown Pryor casts a new light on Lincoln’s leadership.