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‘Lot’ Offers a Fictional Look at a Vibrant, Polyglot American City
By DWIGHT GARNER mar 18, 2019

Bryan Washington’s first collection of stories revolve around characters in Houston, particularly one teenage boy discovering his sexuality.


A Road-Paving Job Takes On a Sinister Allure in Dave Eggers’s New Novel
By IDRA NOVEY mar 18, 2019

The author’s eighth novel, “The Parade,” is a parable-like story featuring two unnamed men on assignment in an unnamed country in the wake of a civil war.


Carefully Smash the Patriarchy
By PENELOPE GREEN mar 18, 2019

Carol Gilligan, author of the feminist classic “In a Different Voice,” reminds us that we’re all humans.


The ‘Enigma’ Who Is the Chief Justice of the United States
By ADAM COHEN mar 18, 2019

Joan Biskupic’s “The Chief” examines John Roberts’s life and his career on the Supreme Court.


An Intimate Portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on the Supreme Court
By JEFFREY TOOBIN mar 18, 2019

“First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” by Evan Thomas, is a richly detailed life of the pathbreaking justice.


At a Rare Book Fair, the Prices Are Steep but the Lore Is Free
By JOHN WILLIAMS mar 17, 2019

A tour of the recent annual installment of the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair.


Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, 90, ‘Nate the Great’ Author, Dies
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE mar 16, 2019

Her detective hero, who loved pancakes and his dog, Sludge, helped children learn how to read — and how to sleuth.


That’s Another Story
By CAITLIN LOVINGER mar 16, 2019

Don’t judge this Sophia Maymudes and Jeff Chen puzzle by its cover.


Edith Iglauer, Journalist and Bard of Canada, Dies at 101
By IAN AUSTEN mar 16, 2019

Ms. Iglauer, an American, came to Canada to portray it for the rest of the world. But she made it her home and wrote with an insider’s perspective.


W.S. Merwin, Poet of Life’s Damnable Evanescence, Dies at 91
By MARGALIT FOX mar 15, 2019

Mr. Merwin, one of the world’s most decorated poets, sang of silence and nature with an oracular voice. Later in life he became an ardent conservationist.