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Digging Into ‘American Dirt’

What exactly is the acceptable racial alchemy for fiction?

Feb 20, 2020
Crazy, Like a Fox?

And this week in part two of the mother of all Trump book reviews? The reality TV star gets political.

Feb 20, 2020
Crazy, Like a Fox?

Donald Trump's unlikely, but far from accidental, path to the presidency, as told by those who were there.

Feb 13, 2020
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