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Two Brilliant Siblings and the Curious Consolations of Math
By Parul Sehgal jul 17, 2019

In “The Weil Conjectures,” Karen Olsson writes about her own love of math as well as the lives of the great mathematician André Weil and his sister, the philosopher and secular saint Simone Weil.

Lucette Lagnado, Memoirist of Jews in Old Cairo, Dies at 62
By Sam Roberts jul 17, 2019

She and her family, whom she later wrote about, were among the last Jews to flee what she called a “cultural holocaust” and ended up in Brooklyn in the early 1960s.

92nd Street Y to Host Ron Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salman Rushdie
By Sara Aridi jul 17, 2019

The 2019-20 season also features appearances by André Aciman and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What Boris Johnson’s Forgotten Novel Says About the U.K.’s Likely Leader
By Alex Marshall jul 17, 2019

He’s the author of a farce called “Seventy-Two Virgins,” a Churchill biography and a book in verse about pushy parents. They all say something about his personality.

Andrea Camilleri, Author of Inspector Montalbano Novels, Dies at 93
By Neil Genzlinger jul 17, 2019

Mr. Camilleri was a late-blooming novelist whose series about a Sicilian police officer became wildly popular in Italy and the basis for a television series.

The Kids Are Not All Right
By Tina Jordan jul 17, 2019

In these three summer thrillers — by Ruth Ware, Adrian McKinty and Alex North — children are in peril.

Reinventing Hotel Guest Books for Modern Times
By Sarah Firshein jul 17, 2019

By recording ghost sightings, asking for song lyrics or moving to Instagram, hotels are putting a creative spin on a centuries-old tradition.

Readers Add to the List of Best Memoirs Since 1969
jul 16, 2019

Responses to a recent issue of the Sunday Book Review.

In This Novel, a Black South African Becomes a Domestic Worker — in Her Son’s Home
By Panashe Chigumadzi jul 16, 2019

Bianca Marais’s “If You Want to Make God Laugh” shines a light on the racial inequalities of the post-apartheid era.

‘Turbulence’ Is a Quick Trip Told in Connected Flights
By Dwight Garner jul 16, 2019

Each chapter of David Szalay’s new novel picks up from the last, presenting a new protagonist traveling by flight.