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Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: What Comes After Rock Bottom
By THE NEW YORK TIMES okt 21, 2017

When you’re stuck with no foreseeable path ahead, what do you do? The Sugars, with fiction writer Mitchell S. Jackson, advise letter writers who want to turn their lives around.


From Podcast to Book with Marc Maron
okt 20, 2017

Marc Maron discusses “Waiting for the Punch,” and Victor Sebestyen talks about his new biography of Lenin.


Unknown Unknowns: Three Inquiries Into Religion
By JAMES RYERSON okt 20, 2017

What is religion? New books by a philosopher, a sociologist and a theologian give different answers.


Paperback Row
By JOUMANA KHATIB okt 20, 2017

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


Van Jones Sees More Political Rebellions on the Horizon
By GREGORY COWLES okt 20, 2017

In “Beyond the Messy Truth,” new on the nonfiction best-seller list, the CNN commentator blames an elitist system for the state of the country.


Anti-Semitism Heralds a Grim Future in This Classic Romanian Novel
By KEN KALFUS okt 20, 2017

The Jewish protagonist of Mihail Sebastian’s “For Two Thousand Years” wonders what it means to love a country that doesn’t love him back.


Trying to Follow the Muse While Domestic Life Calls
By EDAN LEPUCKI okt 20, 2017

In Cherise Wolas’s debut novel, “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby,” a writer struggles to recover her footing and her self after raising a family.


A Quiet Member of the Canon
By JOHN WILLIAMS okt 20, 2017

“A Difficult Death” is the first critical biography in English of the 19th-century Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen.


Notes From the Book Review Archives
okt 20, 2017

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: an endorsement of James Billington’s sharp intellectual study of Russian culture.


Letters to the Editor
okt 20, 2017

Readers respond to Jan Morris’s review of “Victoria & Abdul” and more.