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The Great Divide

Cristina Alger’s latest crime novel imagines an East End answer to Jeffrey Epstein and two underage Latina murder victims as it explores class inequities in the realms of law enforcement and justice.

Feb 6, 2020
Jewels From ‘Jools’

Surprisingly often it is life that imitates art in “Home Work,” Julie Andrews’s revealing memoir of her Hollywood years.

Jan 30, 2020
The Empathy Revolution in Design

“User Friendly” is an insider’s history of design, highlighting triumphs and catastrophes, foibles and advancements, a new benchmark in the study of user experience.

Jan 23, 2020
A Guide to the Great Composers

In “The Indispensable Composers,” Anthony Tommasini of The Times brings to bear wide personal experience, extensive knowledge, an approachable teaching style, and deep fondness for the material in taking us on a delightful journey.

Jan 16, 2020
Breaking Bad

A little beat up, a little worn down, getting long in the tooth, Sam Acquillo’s back for another seat-of-the-pants investigation into depravity.

Jan 9, 2020
In the Moment: A Pushcart for 2020

The new Pushcart Prize table of contents lets us know that authors are thinking about drug overdoses, racism, cultural appropriation, caring for elderly family members, and the complicated political divide.

Jan 1, 2020
It Was a Mag Mag World

“Mag Men” by Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser, the formidable graphic designers whose work with New York magazine left a huge imprint on American journalism, adds to the bleak realization that an era has ended, but what a wonderful retrospective of a 50-year legacy of art direction this is.

Dec 26, 2019
The Year’s 10 Best Books

From Mary Gaitskill’s novelistic reconsideration of the #MeToo movement to Elton John’s hilarious self-mockery, our man in letters picks ’em . . .

Dec 19, 2019
Book Markers: 12.19.19

The incredible journey of a refugee Iraqi cat is out in a $7.99 paperback edition, and a Star “Guestwords” and book review contributor makes good with a collection of his own.

Dec 19, 2019
A Tale of Pride and Shame

This heroic story, an uplifting portrait and an engaging account of a glamorous age, also shows what happens when a unique individual who finds acceptance overseas runs headlong into American racism.

Dec 12, 2019
The College Trap

The big story Paul Tough tells in “The Years That Matter Most” is about the failure of higher education in the 21st century to provide equal opportunity to all segments of American society. But it will lead you to reflect on your own academic experience, too.

Dec 4, 2019
A Thousand Points of Data

Michael Bloomberg, the larger-than-life former mayor of New York, ubiquitous and initiative-heavy, has no greater fan than Eleanor Randolph, journalist and now biographer.

Nov 27, 2019