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Home Alone With the Ghost of Emily Dickinson
By SARAH LYALL apr 28, 2017

Do you believe in ghosts? Our writer spends an hour on her own in the poet’s room at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

3 Books Tell the Legacies of Legends
apr 28, 2017

A Shortlist that looks at major figures from our time and before.

10 New Books We Recommend This Week
apr 27, 2017

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Paperback Row
By JOUMANA KHATIB apr 27, 2017

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Simone de Beauvoir Imagined Contemporary Womanhood in the 1960s
By PÉNÉLOPE BAGIEU apr 27, 2017

Five decades ago, Simone de Beauvoir wrote “Les Belles Images.” The 1967 novel explains modern womanhood in a nutshell.

Life with a Rare Genetic Disease: The Science, the Suffering and the Hope
By MISHA ANGRIST apr 27, 2017

Two new books — “Mercies in Disguise” by Gina Kolata and “The Family Gene” by Joselin Linder — look at how individuals cope with devastating genetic diseases.

David Grann: By the Book
apr 27, 2017

The author of “The Lost City of Z” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” thinks the president should read “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy, because “it gives a sense of the fragility of the world.”

Selections From a ‘Saint’
apr 27, 2017

“A Grace Paley Reader” contains some of her acclaimed stories, a selection of poems and several essays that show a different side of the writer.

Elizabeth Strout’s Lovely New Novel Is a Requiem for Small-Town Pain
By JENNIFER SENIOR apr 26, 2017

In “Anything Is Possible,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge” writes with a frank, unapologetic emphasis on forbidden desire.

The Photographer Who Captured People Driving in Los Angeles
By HATTIE CRISELL apr 26, 2017

In the 1970s, the 19-year-old Mike Mandel shot 75 rolls of film for a project he called “People in Cars.” Now, it becomes a book — and part of an exhibition at SFMOMA.