NY Times Books

Open Book: Civil War (and Family) History

September 19, 2014 - 8:42am
Laird Hunt learned about his Civil War-era ancestors while doing research for his novel “Neverhome.”

Short Story: Book Excerpt: ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’

September 19, 2014 - 5:42am
The title story from Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming collection. Her most recent novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” both won the Man Booker Prize.






‘Daring: My Passages,’ by Gail Sheehy

September 18, 2014 - 3:10pm
Gail Sheehy’s memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” is effusive, fulsome and detailed but surprisingly unrevealing.






‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,’ by Jeff Hobbs

September 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
Jeff Hobbs tells the story of Robert DeShaun Peace, who went from a New Jersey ghetto to Yale but never truly escaped his past.

Mark Whitaker’s ‘Cosby’

September 18, 2014 - 12:55pm
A biography of Bill Cosby chronicles the outspoken comedian’s rise to stardom, along with personal and professional setbacks.

‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim

September 18, 2014 - 9:30am
Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.

John Lahr: By the Book

September 18, 2014 - 7:00am
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”






Currents: Books: A Celebration of Silver, Seen in Ravishing Detail

September 17, 2014 - 4:19pm
“Georg Jensen: Reflections” is one connoisseur’s take on the Danish luxury company.






ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards

September 17, 2014 - 4:15pm
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.






New ‘Genius Grant’ Winner Alison Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir

September 17, 2014 - 1:40pm
“The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Ms. Bechdel, a new MacArthur fellow, has been sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which plans to publish it in 2017.






Books of The Times: Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’

September 17, 2014 - 12:34pm
Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”






Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio

September 17, 2014 - 8:11am
A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.






ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees, Nonfiction

September 17, 2014 - 5:00am
The nonfiction nominees for the 2014 National Book Award include Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams.

Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

September 17, 2014 - 2:00am
Plumbing the depths of American literature’s darkest comedian.

Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Makes European Publishers Squirm

September 17, 2014 - 1:12am
The novel, set in a concentration camp, has touched off concerns about sensitivity in Europe, where Mr. Amis’s French and German publishers have rejected it.