NY Times Books

‘Stuff Matters,’ by Mark Miodownik

July 25, 2014 - 8:29am
Why do paper clips bend? What makes elastic stretchy? A scientist examines the ubiquitous substances we take for granted.

Inside the List

July 25, 2014 - 8:29am
Marja Mills, whose “Mockingbird Next Door” is No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction list, spent ample time observing Harper Lee going about her ordinary daily life.

The Shortlist: Lee Upton’s ‘Tao of Humiliation,’ and More

July 25, 2014 - 8:28am
New books by Lee Upton, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, David James Poissant and Adam Wilson.

Open Book: Captivating and Repellent

July 25, 2014 - 8:21am
Ben Macintyre says Kim Philby’s writings are “completely unreliable, which makes sifting fact from fiction a real challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one.”

‘The Transcriptionist,’ by Amy Rowland

July 25, 2014 - 8:18am
Amy Rowland’s solitary heroine is unhinged by a harrowing stream of disembodied words.

Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’

July 25, 2014 - 8:17am
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”

‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi

July 25, 2014 - 8:17am
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.

Bookshelf: Finding a Voice in Words and Deeds

July 24, 2014 - 9:38pm
“Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943” is an anthology of memoirs, poetry, political commentary and newspaper excerpts. “Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War” gives a backstage tour of the antiwar movement.