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Randall Fuller’s “The Book That Changed America” looks at the impact of Darwin’s ideas on American society.
John McWhorter puts down his thoughts about what he calls Black English in “Talking Back, Talking Black.”
“The Afterlife of Stars” is Joseph Kertes’s novel about a Jewish family’s flight from Hungary after the failed revolution.
André Aciman explores shades of desire through the protagonist of his new novel, “Enigma Variations.”
Lucinda Rosenfeld’s “Class” is the story of an overbearing mother in a gentrifying neighborhood.
In the wide-ranging stories in “Homesick for Another World,” Ottessa Moshfegh draws a map of national character.
New short story collections by Josh Barkan, Mary Miller and Josip Novakovich.
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Readers respond to Bernard-Henri Lévy’s By the Book interview and more.
Three recently published books offer past, present and possible future views of the country.
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
The author, most recently, of “A Really Good Day” maybe isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre. But “come to think of it, ‘Atonement,’ by Ian McEwan, is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and what is that if not a nurse romance?”
“The Way of the Strangers,” by Graeme Wood, asks where the militants of ISIS get their values.
In “How America Lost Its Secrets,” Edward Jay Epstein says Russia was the main beneficiary of Snowden’s revelations.
Omar Saif Ghobash’s “Letters to a Young Muslim” offers advice for young Muslims in the West, and Ali A. Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim” is about a journey from believer to atheist.
Douglas Preston goes in search of a forgotten pre-Columbian city in the jungles of Honduras in “The Lost City of the Monkey God.”
In “Audacity,” Jonathan Chait says Barack Obama’s achievements will not be easy to dismantle.
Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.
The protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here” sees something dark brewing in American politics.
The heroine of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp novel tries to do the right thing about race, class, nutrition, poverty, parenthood and plastics.