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Paul Auster’s new novel, “4 3 2 1,” imagines diverging paths for its hero’s life. “It’s actually four books in one, or at least three and a third,” Tom Perrotta writes.
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s “The Original Black Elite” is a cultural biography of the activist and intellectual Daniel Murray.
A book by the cell biologist and journalist Helen Pilcher cheerfully explores advances in cloning that could be used to revive departed species.
The author, most recently, of “The Refugees” says the Star Wars stories are relevant to our age, “where most people identify with the rebels but so many in fact are complicit with the Empire.”
In “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin explains her struggles with depression with insight, grace and excruciating clarity.
In Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” a single mother joins a psychologist’s experiment in collective parenting.
In new fiction: a family in crisis; six decades of New York City history; stories about literary life; and the plight of undocumented immigrants.
Timothy B. Tyson’s “The Blood of Emmett Till” is an account of absorbing and sometimes horrific detail.
A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler, a new novel from the author of the Divergent series and more.
The historian Laurel Ulrich uses the diaries of 19th-century Mormon women to tell the story of polygamy in “A House Full of Females.”
Michael Eric Dyson’s “Tears We Cannot Stop,” No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction, includes a list of recommended black musicians.
Sana Krasikov talks about “The Patriots”; and Michael Sims discusses “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes.”
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Five debut novels that take us from the mind of a teenage stalker to a Lithuanian bartender looking to find her way back home.
One author fulfills the dreams of many by escaping to the rural countryside — only to realize he misses talking about books with other writers.
In the stories collected in “I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like,” Noy Holland writes about ordinary people with peculiar lives.
In “The True Flag,” by Stephen Kinzer, Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain square off over American imperialism.
In “Lara,” Anna Pasternak explores the life of the real-life inspiration for “Doctor Zhivago.”
In “Once We Were Sisters,” the novelist Sheila Kohler recalls her lost sibling.
The spirits of Flannery O’Connor and James Dickey survive in “Signals,” a story collection by Tim Gautreaux.