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Dialogue about a crime forms the background to Iain Reid’s debut novel, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.”
“The Problem With Me,” by Han Han, is a book of essays by a widely read Chinese blogger who manages not to provoke the censors.
A son searches for his mother’s secrets in Nathan Hill’s “The Nix,” a sprawling novel with a bag of postmodern tricks.
Marc Lamont Hill’s “Nobody” explores the details and history behind the litany of recent police killings.
A San Francisco single mother finds a support group at a neighborhood playground in Kaui Hart Hemmings’s new comic novel, “How to Party With an Infant.”
Journals trace a husband’s and wife’s separate ventures in the Northwest of the 1880s in Eowyn Ivey’s “To the Bright Edge of the World.”
The narrator of Jade Sharma’s “Problems” aims degrading remarks at other women.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
New books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
The author of the Gabriel Allon thrillers, including the latest, “The Black Widow,” loves F. Scott Fitzgerald and named his son Nicholas after Nick Carraway from “The Great Gatsby.” But his daughter is Lily — “not Daisy or Jordan or Myrtle.”
In Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers,” immigrants from Cameroon are drawn into a banker’s family as the financial crisis deepens.
In “Do Parents Matter?,” the married anthropologists Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine explain why parenting styles aren’t nearly as important as we imagine.
Lawrence Wright’s “The Terror Years” and J. Kael Weston’s “The Mirror Test” examine the effects of terrorism in the Middle East and the American obsession with it.
Exiles define their lives outside North Korea in Krys Lee’s debut novel, “How I Became a North Korean.”
Leslie Jamison and Ayana Mathis discuss the hype behind first novels.
Heather Ann Thompson’s “Blood in the Water” is about the Attica prison uprising of 1971, its aftermath, and the continuing quest for justice.
In “Patient H.M.,” the journalist Luke Dittrich questions his grandfather’s role in an infamous case of a patient with permanent amnesia.
Graham Moore’s “The Last Days of Night” is inspired by Edison’s efforts to drive Westinghouse out of business.
Alan Schwarz talks about “ADHD Nation”; Raina Telgemeier discusses “Ghosts”; and Nicholson Baker talks about “Substitute.”
Colson Whitehead, whose “The Underground Railroad” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, cites “The Twilight Zone” as a key influence.