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In “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” Molly Haskell traces the evolution of the director’s Jewish identity.
In “The Secret Life of Fat,” Sylvia Tara argues that it’s not as dangerous as we’ve been told.
In “Idaho,” a debut novel by Emily Ruskovich, a woman seeks the facts about the killing of her husband’s young daughter by his ex-wife.
In “War Against War,” Michael Kazin reminds us that opposition to World War I was deep and widespread.
In “The House of the Dead,” his new history of Siberia as a prison colony, Daniel Beer shows how the czars planted the seeds of their own destruction.
Pankaj Mishra and Leslie Jamison discuss whether writers can ever truly put aside their own prejudices and interpretations.
David Cesarani’s “Final Solution” and Peter Hayes’s “Why?” offer fresh perspectives on the Holocaust.
Troubled, troublesome narrators star in “Difficult Women,” a collection of stories by Roxane Gay.
Gary Taubes’s “The Case Against Sugar” sugarcoats nothing. The stuff kills.
John Grisham, whose “The Whistler” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, says: “I still pull for the underdog. I still like the little guy.”
Four new novels introduce readers to the multigenerational struggles of fictional families.
What does poetry do for us and why is it worth supporting?
In “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom,” John Pomfret presents a sweeping portrait of America’s 250-year relationship with China.
In “Against Empathy,” Paul Bloom argues that we shouldn’t feel so much.
Kevin Baker looks at our country’s tradition of innovation in “America the Ingenious.”
Memory and reality face off in Peter Handke’s “The Moravian Night,” a writer’s tale of a changing Europe.
Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses “Other Minds,” and Jeff Howe talks about “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.”
Looking ahead to new books from George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid, Jesmyn Ward and more.