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Authors look at their own work and think: Is that all there is?
Justine van der Leun talks about “We Are Not Such Things”; and David Goldblatt discusses “The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.”
Daniel Silva’s “The Black Widow,” No. 1 in hardcover fiction, opens with an ISIS bombing in Paris. “I wrote this book as a warning about what was coming,” Silva says.
Yasmine El Rashidi’s “Chronicle of a Last Summer” is about a heroine’s path to adulthood during and after Mubarak.
Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.
The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”
Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.
The linked vignettes in Claire-Louise Bennett’s “Pond” trace the streaming thoughts of a solitary woman.
For the family in Patricia Engel’s “The Veins of the Ocean,” the past infects the present when a violent act is repeated.
The poet Jana Prikryl’s debut, “The After Party,” elevates the everyday and nods to influences from the past.
Bill Loehfelm’s “Let the Devil Out,” Joseph Finder’s “Guilty Minds” and more.
Years of covering Brazil’s tycoons yield Alex Cuadros’s “Brazillionaires,” a collage of immense wealth and government corruption.
In “A Floating Chinaman,” Hua Hsu revisits a Chinese immigrant writer who could not surmount ethnocentrism and racism.
Taras Grescoe’s “Shanghai Grand” is a love song to “the wicked old Paris of the Orient.”
“The Big Book of Science Fiction” is nearly 1,200 pages of stories by the genre’s luminaries and lesser-known authors.
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to a recent review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” and more.
The author, most recently, of “You Will Know Me” keeps a copy of “How to Protect Yourself Against Psychic Attack” on her shelves. “Those who know me well probably wouldn’t be surprised.”
In Dave Eggers’s “Heroes of the Frontier,” a single mother imagining a new life takes her kids on the lam in Alaska.