Book news

What Bernie Sanders Accomplished, and What He Didn’t
apr 9, 2020

Readers look at the senator’s legislative record and legacy. Also: The overuse of jails; how authors are promoting their books.


9 New Books We Recommend This Week
apr 9, 2020

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


In Italy, Coronavirus Books Rush to Publication
By Anna Momigliano apr 9, 2020

Doctors, novelists and other writers are exploring, as quickly as they can, the pandemic’s impact on a country that was among its earliest victims.


Looking at the History of Viruses and Public Opinion
apr 9, 2020

In 1999, David Papineau wrote for the Book Review about “Flu,” Gina Kolata’s book about the 1918 influenza pandemic and the hunt for the virus that caused it.


The Nobel-Winning Economist Who Wants You to Read More Fiction
apr 9, 2020

“I would encourage anyone interested in understanding the Great Depression or mid-19th century Britain to turn to Steinbeck or Dickens.”


Jen Gotch Is Not a Therapist, but She Knows How to Cope
By Elisabeth Egan apr 9, 2020

The retail guru and best-selling author of “The Upside of Being Down” shares practical advice for readers and ruminators.


What Lorrie Moore Doesn’t Know About Jane Austen … and Other Letters
apr 9, 2020

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.


‘Roll Up Your Sleeves, Girls’
apr 8, 2020

Cheryl Strayed calls the writer Margaret Atwood to chat about hard times, pansies and eight decades of getting it done.


What Can We Learn From the Art of Pandemics Past?
By Megan O'Grady apr 8, 2020

From the playground game ring-around-the-rosy to the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the scars of illnesses throughout history are still visible today.


The Heroine of This Korean Best Seller Is Extremely Ordinary. That’s the Point.
By Alexandra Alter apr 8, 2020

“Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982,” a surprise hit when it was published, ignited what Cho Nam-Joo called “a public debate” around gender and inequality.