Garry Shandling’s Riotous Scrapbook

“It’s Garry Shandling’s Book,” edited by Judd Apatow, brims with photos, diary excerpts, reminiscences, newspaper clippings, script pages and more.


Darryl Pinckney on Race, Class and Being ‘Busted in New York’

In his new collection of essays, the author reflects on growing up black and privileged, and the legacy of his parents’ civil rights activism.


Meryl Streep Wants to Tell You a Bedtime Story

Contemporary actors revivify E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” and an unpublished work by Dr. Seuss.


Patient Care Is Wrenching: A Psychiatrist, a Nurse and a Doctor Bare All

Three new books by medical professionals delve into the human emotions involved in tending to the gravely ill.


For Lydia Davis, Language Is Character

“Essays One” collects occasional pieces by the author and translator known for her wry wit and exacting syntax.


Seeing Margaret Thatcher Whole

“Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography — Herself Alone,” the third volume of Charles Moore’s massive biography, takes the story from her final years in power to her death in 2013.


12 New Books We Recommend This Week

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


Among the Trolls

Andrew Marantz talks about “Antisocial,” and Gail Collins discusses “No Stopping Us Now.”


What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

Karen Armstrong’s new book argues that Scripture is meant to be interpreted by the spirit of the words, not by the letter of the law.


Faith and Reasons: Two Authors Explore the Persistence of Religious Feeling

Jack Miles, in “Religion as We Know It,” and Melvin Konner, in “Believers,” both turn to history to understand the nature of belief.


Jonathan Van Ness, Ali Wong and John Hodgman Walk Into a Bar …

Three very funny celebrities narrate their (mostly) very funny autobiographical audiobooks themselves.


Whitney Houston’s Confidante Robyn Crawford Breaks Her Silence

In “A Song for You,” Crawford publicly acknowledges her turbulent, and at times romantic, relationship with the pop icon.


The Real Meaning of the Brexit Debate

Fintan O’Toole explains in “The Politics of Pain” that the Brexiteers are devout believers in English exceptionalism.


Randall Munroe Loves Outdated Views of the Future

“Seeing what people worried about or complained about a hundred years ago always gives a lot of perspective,” says the creator of the web comic XKCD, whose new book is “How To.”


Home for the Holidays, for Better or Worse

In his latest novel, Benjamin Markovits revisits the Essinger family, this time at their home in Texas. Luckily for the reader, their lives are far from perfect.


9 New Books We Recommend This Week

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


Jamaica: A Small Nation With an Outsize Global Influence

Orlando Patterson’s “The Confounding Island” is a sociologist’s analysis of his birthplace as well as a personal memoir of affection and failure.


How to Beat the Market

Gregory Zuckerman’s “The Man Who Solved the Market” tells the extraordinary story of an investor (not named Warren Buffett) who made a fortune on Wall Street.


New & Noteworthy, From Philosophy to New York Architecture

A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.


‘Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me: A Memoir,’ by Deirdre Bair: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me: A Memoir,” by Deirdre Bair


‘Essays One,’ by Lydia Davis: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Essays One,” by Lydia Davis


‘Busted in New York: And Other Essays,’ by Darryl Pinckney: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Busted in New York: And Other Essays,” by Darryl Pinckney


Who’s in the Kitchen: A Quartet of Culinary Narratives

Memoirs by a globe-trotting chef and a New York restaurant critic, a chorus of female food writers — and a history book to put them all in context.


The Graphic Novel Versions of Literary Classics Used to Seem Lowbrow. No More.

A new crop of adaptations proves that comic book artists can be complex and effective in tackling other writers’ work.


Testimonies From the Day the Towers Came Down

The audiobook of Garrett M. Graff’s “The Only Plane in the Sky” offers vivid memories of people who were present at the 9/11 tragedy.

 

In a Chaotic World, Dungeons & Dragons Is Resurgent

The role-playing game has made a surprising return to mainstream culture.


‘Black Radical’ Remembers a Bold Life and Reclaims It for Our Current Moment

Kerri K. Greenidge’s tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, born in 1872, an outspoken and indefatigable figure who both inspired and antagonized his contemporaries.


‘The Survivors’ Unpacks a Family’s Trauma

In his book, Adam Frankel, a former Obama speechwriter, reflects on his grandparents’ lives in World War II and explores new revelations.


Beckett, Beauvoir and a Biographer’s Bumpy Takeoff

In “Parisian Lives,” the award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair recounts her early career and the obstacles she faced as an ambitious woman.


Literary Nonprofit Buys Elizabeth Bishop’s Key West Home

The poet lived on the Florida island for nearly a decade, and her former house will become the headquarters for Key West Literary Seminar.


Darryl Pinckney on Race, Class and Being ‘Busted in New York’

In his new collection of essays, the author reflects on growing up black and privileged, and the legacy of his parents’ civil rights activism.


Among the Trolls

Andrew Marantz talks about “Antisocial,” and Gail Collins discusses “No Stopping Us Now.”


James I. Robertson Jr., Exacting Civil War Historian, Dies at 89

Dr. Robinson, who wrote or edited dozens of books, was best known for his monumental biography of Stonewall Jackson.


Noel Ignatiev, 78, Persistent Voice Against White Privilege, Dies

In the journal Race Traitor and in a provocative book, Dr. Ignatiev argued that the white race should, in a sense, be abolished.


Randall Munroe Loves Outdated Views of the Future

“Seeing what people worried about or complained about a hundred years ago always gives a lot of perspective,” says the creator of the web comic XKCD, whose new book is “How To.”


Home for the Holidays, for Better or Worse

In his latest novel, Benjamin Markovits revisits the Essinger family, this time at their home in Texas. Luckily for the reader, their lives are far from perfect.


9 New Books We Recommend This Week

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


Refugee and Author Detained by Australia Is Given Visa to Travel

Behrouz Boochani, who was held for years as part of Australia’s offshore immigration detention program, arrived in New Zealand for a literary festival.


Bread Loaf Ends ‘Wait Scholar’ Program

The writers’ conference is changing its aid offerings after attendees raised concerns ranging from sexual harassment to racism to the work cutting into the seminars they came for in the first place.


Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

A new book on Queen Elizabeth II spills some even more surprising style secrets.


Jamaica: A Small Nation With an Outsize Global Influence

Orlando Patterson’s “The Confounding Island” is a sociologist’s analysis of his birthplace as well as a personal memoir of affection and failure.


How to Beat the Market

Gregory Zuckerman’s “The Man Who Solved the Market” tells the extraordinary story of an investor (not named Warren Buffett) who made a fortune on Wall Street.


Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role?

The Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol,” following the lead from London, answers a strong yes. Other theaters may follow suit.


Drama Book Shop Sets a Fresh Start in a New Locale

Lin-Manuel Miranda and several “Hamilton” colleagues aim for a European cafe vibe when the store reopens, a block south of its previous home, in the spring.


New & Noteworthy, From Philosophy to New York Architecture

A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.


Patient Care Is Wrenching: A Psychiatrist, a Nurse and a Doctor Bare All

Three new books by medical professionals delve into the human emotions involved in tending to the gravely ill.


Hasan Minhaj’s Week: From ‘The Lion King’ to a Trim With Jay-Z

The host of “Patriot Act” shares what he watched, read and listened to this week.


‘Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me: A Memoir,’ by Deirdre Bair: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me: A Memoir,” by Deirdre Bair


‘Essays One,’ by Lydia Davis: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Essays One,” by Lydia Davis


‘Busted in New York: And Other Essays,’ by Darryl Pinckney: An Excerpt

An excerpt from “Busted in New York: And Other Essays,” by Darryl Pinckney