- Life Gets Hectic Fast for a Heroine and Her Newfound 12-Year-Oldby MJ Franklin on June 22, 2021 at 9:18 pm
The title character of Mia McKenzie’s novel “Skye Falling” wants to avoid chaos and human connection. Too bad for her.
- John Paul Brammer Is Obsessed With Kate Bushby Juan A. Ramírez on June 22, 2021 at 6:11 pm
The very-online writer, whose “¡Hola Papi!” advice column recently became a book, talks about folding knives, chili sauce and “Hounds of Love.”
- Touring American Pop Music by Way of the Writers Who Have Addressed Itby Dwight Garner on June 22, 2021 at 5:26 pm
In “Songbooks,” the scholar and critic Eric Weisbard surveys music writing from the 1700s to today, with special attention to voices on the margins.
- Brandon Taylor’s ‘Filthy Animals’ Is a Study in Rogue Appetitesby John Paul Brammer on June 22, 2021 at 12:32 pm
The first story collection from the author of “Real Life” features unspoken desires bubbling up when least appropriate.
- ‘Filthy Animals: Stories,’ by Brandon Taylor: An Excerpton June 22, 2021 at 12:32 pm
An excerpt from “Filthy Animals: Stories,” by Brandon Taylor
- Meet Sydney Taylor, Unsung Creator of the All-of-a-Kind Familyby Jennifer Weiner on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Her books depicted a cozy Jewish family on the Lower East Side. In real life, her back story was more complicated.
- Coming Home Is Anything but Easy in This ‘Millennial Noir’by Jakob Guanzon on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Elias Rodriques’s debut novel, “All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running,” follows a young man searching for answers after the death of his high school flame.
- New & Noteworthy Poetry, From First Peoples to Posthumous Ashberyon June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
A selection of recent poetry titles of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
- How to Destroy a Villageby Ian Johnson on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Liang Hong’s “China in One Village” recounts the forces that are undermining rural areas, and the helplessness of the people who live there.
- Whenever She Has This Dream, Someone in Her Village Diesby Katherine Hill on June 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Folklore informs Mariana Leky’s novel “What You Can See From Here,” which follows a motley cast of townspeople faced with a crisis.
- The House That Mouse Builtby Melissa Albert on June 22, 2021 at 4:16 am
This young adult version of a Spanish folk tale redefines what picture books can be. Reader discretion is advised.
- Can Geometry Be as Soul-Stirring as Poetry?by Matt Parker on June 22, 2021 at 12:11 am
In “Shape,” Jordan Ellenberg argues for the importance of geometry as the underlying structure of reality.
- Robert Quackenbush, Creator of Animal Detective Stories, Dies at 91by Alex Vadukul on June 21, 2021 at 6:33 pm
His many characters included Detective Mole, Sherlock Chick and Miss Mallard, a crime-solving duck who got her own television series.
- Yes, No, Maybe So: A Generation of Thinkers Grapples With Notions of Consentby Parul Sehgal on June 21, 2021 at 5:57 pm
Recent novels, philosophical inquiries, young adult and romance fiction, films and television shows join a robust academic literature to explore the term and its limits.
- In a Muffled Hong Kong, Bookstores Offer Freedom of Thoughtby Tiffany May on June 21, 2021 at 3:22 am
Some independent shops flout the new limits on free expression. Others try to come to terms with them. For readers, they offer a sense of connection in a changed city.
- Graham Norton Comes Aroundby Sarah Lyall on June 20, 2021 at 8:46 pm
The Irish entertainer is known for his freewheeling talk show, but in his novel “Home Stretch” he explores what it’s like for a gay man to return to his home and find both it and himself wholly transformed.
- What to Do This Weekendby Melissa Kirsch on June 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm
Juneteenth and Father’s Day.
- Janet Malcolm, a Writer Who Emphasized the Messiness of Life With Slyness and Precisionby Jennifer Szalai on June 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm
The longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, who died on Wednesday at 86, was most animated by divided selves and the inherent complexity of human relationships.
- A History of Getting Hammered, and Why Some of Us Should Keep Doing Itby Zoë Lescaze on June 19, 2021 at 9:00 am
In “Drunk,” Edward Slingerland plays devil’s advocate for the pleasure and utility of Dionysian abandon.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sparks Controversy in Online Essayby Alexandra Alter on June 18, 2021 at 9:39 pm
The novelist’s remarks went viral after she criticized former students as well as “social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion.”
- The One About Bibi Netanyahu’s Father and the Perils of Diasporaby Taffy Brodesser-Akner on June 18, 2021 at 5:11 pm
In his new novel, “The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.
- George Packer on Our Divided Americaon June 18, 2021 at 5:09 pm
Packer talks about “Last Best Hope,” and Suzanne Simard discusses “Finding the Mother Tree.”
- The Literary Life of Cicadasby Peter Kuper on June 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm
The arrival of our buzzing summer friends also brings buggy bookish allusions.
- ‘A Family Like Ours’: Portraits of Gay Fatherhoodby David Dodge and Bart Heynen on June 18, 2021 at 4:22 pm
A new book of photography features the intimate moments of queer dads in America.
- New in Paperback: ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ and ‘Our Time Is Now’by Jennifer Krauss on June 18, 2021 at 9:00 am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
- Summer Reading, the I.R.S. and Other Letters to the Editoron June 18, 2021 at 9:00 am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
- Jordan Ellenberg Wouldn’t Have Given the Nobel Prize to Bob Dylanon June 18, 2021 at 1:23 am
“I strongly endorse the idea of going beyond the verbal art forms traditionally marked as ‘literature,’ but everybody already knows about Bob Dylan. They should have given it to Lynda Barry.”
- Black Lives Drawn and Stories of Struggle Told Through Comicsby Hillary Chute on June 18, 2021 at 12:18 am
In her latest Graphic Content column, Hillary Chute looks at a compilation of Black cartoonists and a history of female slave rebellions.
- Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86by Katharine Q. Seelye on June 17, 2021 at 11:43 pm
Her subjects ranged widely, but she took special aim at journalism itself, writing that every journalist “knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”
- Turning to Books to Grasp the Most Ungraspable Diseaseby Sandeep Jauhar on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Sandeep Jauhar offers a tour of books about Alzheimer’s, from the search for a cure to fictionalized accounts of living with this scourge.
- Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Libraryby Jennifer Schuessler on June 17, 2021 at 5:29 pm
Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.
- It’s Not Too Late to Discover Louise Meriwetherby Lovia Gyarkye on June 17, 2021 at 1:41 pm
The author, 98, wrote one of the classic novels of Depression-era Black life, “Daddy Was a Number Runner,” and its themes still resonate today.
- 9 New Books We Recommend This Weekon June 17, 2021 at 1:35 pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
- Poem: ‘There is no news from Auschwitz’by Sonia Sanchez and Reginald Dwayne Betts on June 17, 2021 at 9:00 am
This poem by Sonia Sanchez will astonish and alarm you.
- Ashley C. Ford Believes in Letting the Light Inby Elisabeth Egan on June 17, 2021 at 9:00 am
The podcast host and debut author tells a difficult story in her best-selling memoir, “Somebody’s Daughter.” But there are glimmers of brightness.
- Serena Williams: The Queen and Her Courtby Touré on June 17, 2021 at 9:00 am
Gerald Marzorati’s “Seeing Serena” follows her across the globe over the course of one year.
- Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry and Lawsuit on John Bolton’s Bookby Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner on June 17, 2021 at 12:03 am
President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.