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Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Feb. 19 was the centenary of the birth of one of the most distinctive writers in American history.
In “Reality Is Not What It Seems,” the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli takes readers on a tour of recent developments in physics.
In “Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory,” Aldo Schiavone attempts to flesh out the real Pontius Pilate.
In Ellen Umansky’s “The Fortunate Ones,” a painting that went missing in Nazi-occupied Vienna connects the lives of two women in contemporary Los Angeles.
New fiction by Argentine writers uses horror to address ecological disaster and keeps circling back to The Dirty War.
Marilyn Stasio surveys serial killers in Denver, stalkers on the London Underground, brutal bikers in Texas and a mystery-solving house cat in the Deep South.
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Lauren Elkin’s “Flaneuse” is a tribute to the pleasures of aimless urban wandering and female style.
In “The Nature Fix,” Florence Williams looks at new research on how spending time in nature makes people happier and more creative.
The author, most recently, of “This Long Pursuit” has strong memories and deep feelings of discovering “On the Road” in 1960, “the book that made me fall in love with America aged 15.”
His unclassifiable books blend personal history, reportage, philosophy and theology to cast compulsive narrative spells.
Benjamin Reiss’s historical overview of mankind’s slumber habits (or lack thereof) trace a shift from a daylight-based pattern to clock-ruled routine.
In “Food Fights and Culture Wars,” Tom Nealon presents a lavishly illustrated look at the impact of historical forces on cuisine.
In “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire,” Kay Redfield Jamison views the poet’s life through the lens of his bipolar disorder.
Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast” is only the second full-scale biography of this major poet, and the first in 25 years.
In this first novel, set in 1995, Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, falls for an older student from Hungary during her freshman year at Harvard.
“Stalin and the Scientists” by Simon Ings shows how Stalin’s terror extended even to the men driving his technology program.
The stories in Jim Shepard’s new collection, “The World to Come,” send his characters into turbulent waters, both historical and personal.
David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.