NY Times Books

Books of The Times: Cool Books for Hot Summer Days

May 21, 2015 - 2:01pm
Janet Maslin surveys summer reading, including Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers” and Renée Knight’s “Disclaimer,” the “Gone Girl” of the season.

Edna O’Brien: By the Book

May 21, 2015 - 9:59am
The author, most recently, of “The Love Object” says Joyce staked his claim on Dublin, and it was left to Yeats, J. M. Synge and Beckett “to give us the landscape of the country in all its beauty, savagery, ghostliness and loneliness.”

‘Do No Harm,’ by Henry Marsh

May 21, 2015 - 2:30am
A neurosurgeon’s account combines biography, descriptions of operations and considerations of policy.

Critic’s Notebook: Osama Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Reflects His Fixation on West

May 20, 2015 - 10:27pm
A declassified list of the books and articles found in the Qaeda leader’s hide-out in Pakistan shows the efforts he made to know his enemy.

Books of The Times: ‘Leaving Orbit,’ a Pensive Ode to Closing of a Frontier

May 20, 2015 - 2:31pm
“Leaving Orbit” chronicles the last days of NASA’s shuttle program in the context of the larger “heroic era” of spaceflight.

Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography

May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
With the working title “Confessions of a One-Man Band,” the unfinished memoir appears to have been in the works since the 1970s.

T Magazine: A Suite of Spring Children’s Stories — Without Words

May 20, 2015 - 10:30am
This trio of new titles reaffirms that silence is golden — and that compelling images speak for themselves.

ArtsBeat: Laszlo Krasznahorkai Wins Man Booker International Prize

May 20, 2015 - 7:55am
Mr. Krasznahorkai, the author of “Satantango,” is the sixth winner of the award.

ArtsBeat: Barbra Streisand Memoir Coming in 2017

May 20, 2015 - 6:00am
Viking has acquired the memoir by the actor, singer and director.

‘The Rocks,’ by Peter Nichols

May 20, 2015 - 2:30am
A novel traces a couple’s long estrangement, then their courtship.

Books of The Times: Review: In Nell Zink’s ‘Mislaid,’ Sex, Race, Marriage and Other Cosmic Jokes

May 19, 2015 - 12:39pm
Nell Zink’s second novel portrays a lesbian who flees her gay husband and her son, lying low by posing as black with her daughter in 1960s Virginia.

ArtsBeat: MacDowell Colony Establishes Fellowship for Diversity

May 19, 2015 - 12:15pm
An anonymous $200,000 gift has helped create the Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship, named for a longtime literary agent.

Bookends: Should There Be a Minimum Age for Writing a Memoir?

May 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Leslie Jamison and Benjamin Moser debate whether someone should reach a certain age before writing a memoir.

‘God Is Not Here,’ by Bill Russell Edmonds

May 19, 2015 - 2:30am
A former military adviser in Iraq struggles to adjust to postwar life after enduring the moral complexities of combat.

‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker,’ by Thomas Kunkel

May 19, 2015 - 2:30am
A biography of Joseph Mitchell attempts to explain one of literary history’s “greatest disappearing acts.”

ArtsBeat: Report Highlights Threats to Cartoonists Worldwide

May 18, 2015 - 9:01pm
The Committee to Protect Journalists report highlights the governmental and nongovernmental perils that cartoonists face.