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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s “The Girl from the Metropol Hotel” is a memoir of coming of age in hardship in the Soviet Union.
George Saunders’s first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.
An Israeli Arab surgeon discovers his wife’s secret, little Riad Sattouf goes to school in Syria and a cartoonist travels the region.
Tim Parks wonders if the literary world is becoming more political, and whether that would be a good thing.
The author, most recently, of “Autumn” ranks “Invitation to a Beheading” among the great books: “Nabokov treats us to, then liberates us from, the bad farce of totalitarianism. What a blast.”
On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, the vision of life depicted in her popular novels still speaks to our country’s promise — and to its divides.
Sheelah Kolhatkar’s “Black Edge” is about the feds’ pursuit of a hedge fund manager.
“Generation Revolution” by Rachel Aspden shows that the young in Egypt are improbably looking forward and backward at the same time.
In “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” Elizabeth Brown Pryor casts a new light on Lincoln’s leadership.
The publisher of the eclectic publishing house Quirk, a factory for offbeat hits like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” is now a novelist.
Daphne Merkin talks about “This Close to Happy,” and Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, “Pachinko.”
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
In fiction and nonfiction about the City of Light, wander its streets and meet some of its most interesting citizens.
“The Weapon Wizards” by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot examines how Israel became a giant in military technology.
An Icelandic version of “Dracula” turns out to be a radically different version of the story.
An Irish orphan winds up in the mid-19th-century American West in Sebastian Barry’s novel “Days Without End.”
In “Disaster Falls” Stéphane Gerson explores the aftermath of his young son’s tragic death.
In “The Animators,” a debut novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker, two creative women are bound by a passion for art and a drive to master their pasts.
Aharon Appelfeld’s novel “The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping” follows a Holocaust survivor from Europe to Palestine.