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Nancy Isenberg, whose “White Trash” is No. 8 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says “Electoral politics has always encouraged con artists.”
Readers respond to recent reviews of Annie Proulx’s “Barkskins,” Laurent Linn’s “Draw the Line” and more.
The novelist, essayist, critic and author, most recently, of “White Sands” says reading William Finnegan’s “Barbarian Days” made him realize his whole life has been pretty much a waste. “I suspected this anyway.”
Frazier approaches the world with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Virginie Despentes’s feminist pulp, gory and marked by sexual violence, looks to the lives of women unwilling to make nice or play along.
Two new alphabet books are examples of a thriving and increasingly sophisticated genre.
Klosterman wonders whether our cherished certainties will look foolish to later generations.
A woman puts her music career on hold and confronts clashing identities in a novel set in Jerusalem.
The history of white poverty in America takes in race and class, stereotype and exploitation.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says, “Fiction can remind us . . . that the players in politics are first human beings.”
The New York Times Book Review asked the acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to write a short story about the American election.
Two books offer opposing arguments on crime and law enforcement.
After my second memoir, people stopped asking me questions. They thought they had the answers.
Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, talks about the measures she takes to ensure objectivity in reviews of works by authors who work for The Times.
Sam Tanenhaus talks about the season’s new political books; and Calvin Trillin discusses “Jackson, 1964,” a collection of his writing.
Walter Mosley’s mellow private eye, Easy Rawlins, is back in “Charcoal Joe.”
How the war on terror fuels its own continuance.
A look back at books that have attempted to tell the story of populism in the United States.
A history of white resentment of blacks since the Civil War.
An economist argues that civilization’s rise hangs on the power of finance.