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The best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner is branching out — in more than one direction.
A good witch raises an enchanted girl, the sacrifice a town is duped into offering, in Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.”
An Alabama girl estranged from her mother is the heroine of Kate Beasley’s debut middle-grade novel, “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness.”
Adam Gidwitz’s new middle-grade novel, “The Inquisitor’s Tale,” turns on the question of whether three diverse children are holy beings or dangerous heretics.
Three picture books involve creatures — bears, bugs and turtles — in strange but believable worlds.
In “Play All,” James burns through the box sets of some recent hit shows.
“Eyes on the Street” is Robert Kanigel’s new biography of Jane Jacobs, and “Vital Little Plans” collects Jacobs’s shorter works.
Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri’s “The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition” reveals a lively and eclectic world of scholarship.
In “The Populist Explosion,” John B. Judis explores the anti-elite worldview in the United States and Europe.
William Domnarski’s biography of the unconventionally opinionated Judge Richard Posner.
A marriage frays when a wife’s attentions drift to a thoroughbred in Margot Livesey’s latest novel, “Mercury.”
Alexander Weinstein’s “Children of the New World” looks to our increasingly virtual lives.
A young man displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war is the protagonist of Anuk Arudpragasam’s “The Story of a Brief Marriage.”
In Louise Doughty’s “Black Water,” an operative with a shady past idles in Indonesia, convinced he’s about to be killed.
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
The historian and author, most recently, of “The General vs. the President” has a thing for Gore Vidal as an essayist, but “his historical novels set my teeth on edge.”
“Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP” and “Black Elephants in the Room” explore conservatism, politics and race.
An anthology edited by Cathi Hanauer taps the experiences of women reporting from middle age.
In Vásquez’s “Reputations,” a political cartoonist reconsiders events involving a former target and an attack that may not have occurred.
Candice Millard’s “Hero of the Empire” focuses on Churchill’s early years as an imperialist and adventurer in Africa.