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“Guilty Thing,” by Frances Wilson, is a new biography of the British writer Thomas De Quincey.
“Something in the Blood,” a biography by David J. Skal, links Bram Stoker’s classic creation to his own untapped desires.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
The mystery fiction editor and founder of the Mysterious Press says the last book that surprised him was “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn: “I never saw it coming.”
What compels Colin Dickey in his appealing book “Ghostland” is the meaning of haunted places in contemporary American culture.
Rereading William Golding’s classic, Lois Lowry finds herself despairing that circumstances led the children to such a hell.
New horror fiction includes “The Graveyard Apartment,” about a roomy flat that overlooks a temple, a burial ground and a crematory.
Leo Braudy’s “Haunted” probes the cultural and historical origins of ghosts, witches, vampires and zombies.
Five novels, five books of nonfiction and two graphic memoirs to read before you hit 30.
James Parker and Rivka Galchen discuss the difficulty in writing funny.
In this season’s true crime books, mysteries set in Indianapolis; Austin, Tex.; Louisiana; and elsewhere.
“This Way Madness Lies,” Mike Jay’s history of the asylum Bedlam, tracks attitudes toward mental illness.
The season’s thrillers include Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, “Night School,” and Francesca Kay’s “The Long Room,” about a British spy in London in 1981.
In “America the Anxious,” the British observer Ruth Whippman argues that Americans’ striving for happiness makes us miserable.
Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
Marcy Dermansky’s “The Red Car” is a propulsive novel that still makes you stop and think.
In Jane Alison’s “Nine Island,” a woman faces her romantic future.
A May-December romance begins between a drama student and a London actor in Eimear McBride’s “The Lesser Bohemians.”
Marie Ponsot’s “Collected Poems” is the model for every poet who worships procrastination.