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Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare’s life and works continue to surprise us. Five new books explore the playwright’s hidden side.
Can one become a writer without early immersion in the arts? The novelist Annie Liontas on growing up without “a literary inheritance.”
The stand-up comic and author of “I’m Just a Person” says if she could require the president to read one book, it would be “I’m Just a Person,” by Tig Notaro. “But I imagine he already pre-ordered it.”
Harlan Lebo’s “Citizen Kane” tracks the making of a masterpiece; the third volume of Simon Callow’s biography reconsiders Orson Welles’s later years.
A debut novel about young love in London by an award-winning poet and rapper.
The business model for Monte Carlo was created 150 years ago, and it has stood Monaco in good stead ever since.
A romantic comedy with an ensemble cast, set in their own postmodern Peyton Place — Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
This historical novel is the first volume in a projected series about the great Renaissance painter Filippo Lippi.
If you’re sorry you missed Woodstock, the French Revolution or other historical events, this book will give you the experience.
A novel about marriage and spycraft in the Galápagos and friendship back home.
A personal celebration of a dozen of our national parks from one of the country’s best-known nature writers.
The twists and turns of a friendship between two 1950s Houston socialites, amid diverging lives and an imbalance of devotion.
After her mother’s death, a woman spends a week with friends in a Spanish beach town, negotiating grief, sex and middle age.
Plenty of summer reading for those still craving a “Downton Abbey” fix.
Teller reviews Ricky Jay’s life of Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739), an extraordinary 29-inch-tall magician.
In travel-writing anthologies, Andrew Solomon, Bob Shacochis, Russell Banks and Geoff Dyer amply display their powers of observation and empathy.
This season’s books about Hollywood feature (among others) Barbra Streisand, Stanley Kubrick and Meryl Streep.
New books about gardens include the work of the great Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, a tour of the Hawaiian garden of the poet W.S. Merwin and more.
What pop music rivalries reveal about our lives, and some celebrated musicians’ most treasured songs.
Mark Binelli imagines his way into the life of a rock star who toyed with notions of blackness and theatricality.