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Nonfiction: The Outlaw Novelist as Literary Critic

J.M. Coetzee reinvents the rules of fiction, but his “Late Essays” about other writers infuse traditional formulas with brilliant psychologizing.

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Nonfiction: Real Worlds, Possible Worlds and Fantasy Worlds

In “The Origins of Creativity,” E.O. Wilson argues for a different relationship between the humanities and both the practical and theoretical sciences.

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Nonfiction: At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe documents a class of immigrant teenagers while the Trump campaign stirs up nativist resentment.

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Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” looks at one American’s role in Vietnam.

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Nonfiction: What Life in Confinement Meant for Ezra Pound’s Work

In “The Bughouse,” Daniel Swift explores the relationship between Pound’s mental state and his poetic genius.

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Nonfiction: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm

Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president.

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Nonfiction: Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

In his new book, Alexander Langlands wants readers to appreciate what it meant to make things with your hands, as our ancestors did for millenniums.

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Nonfiction: Throwing a Poolside Cocktail Party for ‘The Graduate’

Beverly Gray’s “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson” looks back at a classic American movie, half a century later.

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Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

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Nonfiction: A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.

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Nonfiction: No Light at the End of This Tunnel

Ian Black’s “Enemies and Neighbors” sees no clear solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Nonfiction: What Happens When You Go Under

Two new books by Kate Cole-Adams and Henry Jay Przybylo look at the mysteries of anesthesia.

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Nonfiction: We Are What We Read

Two new books, by Martin Puchner and Abigail Williams, explore how literature has shaped human society.

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Nonfiction: We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.

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Nonfiction: Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine” is a passionate call for reducing the risk of total destruction.

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Nonfiction: The Oil and Gas Sector Is Changing — and So Is Geopolitics

In “Windfall,” Meghan O’Sullivan offers a tour of the world and how the rise of cheap gas and fracking are causing shifts in power.

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Nonfiction: Two Books Consider Earthquakes and Their Human Tolls

In “The Great Quake,” Henry Fountain recounts what we learned from North America’s biggest temblor. In “Quakeland,” Kathryn Miles takes a fault-eye view of the continent.

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Nonfiction: When Woolly Mammoths Roamed the Earth

Three books examine our fascination with the ancient pachyderms and their extinction.

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Nonfiction: Waves of Destruction, Physical and Spiritual, Buffet Japan

In “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” Richard Lloyd Parry probes the emotional effects of the catastrophe that killed thousands of men, women and children.

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Nonfiction: Losing Her Religion

In “The Book of Separation,” the novelist Tova Mirvis recalls leaving her marriage and her Modern Orthodox life.

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Nonfiction: The Catholic Writer Garry Wills Explores the Quran

Lesley Hazleton reviews Wills’s new book, “What the Qur’an Meant.”

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Nonfiction: Illuminating the Past, One Precious Book at a Time

Christopher de Hamel’s “Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts” uses a dozen rare illustrated volumes to transport readers back to the medieval world.

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Nonfiction: Reza Aslan’s ‘God: A Human History’

In “God: A Human History,” the author of “Zealot” follows up his book about Jesus with one about God.

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Nonfiction: Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages

Eric Metaxas’ “Martin Luther” seeks to make its subject attractive to a wide reading audience.

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Nonfiction: Millenniums of Tribulation

Simon Schama’s “Belonging: 1492-1900” recounts the history of a people who never seemed to belong anywhere.

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Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations

In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.

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Nonfiction: Underneath Romain Gary’s Many Masks

Two newly published books by the French author who pulled off one of the most elaborate literary deceptions of all time.

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Nonfiction: Propane, Peapods and Perplexities

In “Vacationland,” John Hodgman wrestles with the comic trials of home ownership in Maine and Massachusetts, along with the indignities of middle age.


Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.

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Nonfiction: Making Citizens’ Lives Better

David Goldfield’s “The Gifted Generation” explains the importance of government.

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Nonfiction: The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.

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Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist

Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.

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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

The Times’s critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.

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Nonfiction: A Memoir of a Year on the International Space Station

The NASA astronaut and naval pilot Scott Kelly put his “Endurance” to the test, both on Earth and beyond.

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Nonfiction: Language Rules for the Digital Age

The BuzzFeed copy chief Emmy J. Favilla recounts her mission to set tone, grammar and style codes for a generation determined to break them.

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Nonfiction: What the People of Appalachia Want

Steven Stoll’s “Ramp Hollow” looks at the history of deprivation in the region.

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Nonfiction: The Ku Klux Klan’s Surprising History

Linda Gordon’s “The Second Coming of the KKK” recounts an ugly chapter of the American past.

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Nonfiction: A Last Glimpse Into the Mind of Oliver Sacks

Nicole Krauss reviews “The River of Consciousness,” a book of Sacks’s essays covering his favored topics, like the evolution of life and the workings of memory.

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Nonfiction: A Renowned Travel Writer’s Letters From the Road

“Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters,” edited by Adam Sisman, sparkles with the charm that made Fermor such a welcome guest and bedmate.

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Nonfiction: Why Are Jews Funny?

Jeremy Dauber’s “Jewish Comedy” looks at laughter across more than 2,000 years.

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Nonfiction: In a Bowie Oral History, a Glimpse of How Others Saw the Faker

Dylan Jones’s “David Bowie: A Life” captures its subject’s radically plastic persona, his capacity to accommodate any identity at will.

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Nonfiction: In the World of Comedy, Improv May Now Be More Important Than Stand-Up

Sam Wasson’s “Improv Nation” examines one of the most important stories in American popular culture.

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Nonfiction: The Sun Never Set on the British Empire, or Its Food

Lizzie Collingham’s “The Taste of Empire” and Erika Rappaport’s “A Thirst for Empire” explore the worldwide influence of Britain’s culinary heritage.

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Nonfiction: ‘Reckless Daughter’: A Protective Biography of Joni Mitchell

The music critic David Yaffe pays tribute to the singer-songwriter in his new book.

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Nonfiction: Muhammad Ali, Beginning to End for the First Time in a Book

Jonathan Eig’s “Ali: A Life” is the first major biography to include the fighter’s final years, Parkinson’s and all.

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Nonfiction: A New Biography of the Renaissance Genius

Walter Isaacson turns his attention to Leonardo da Vinci and all his mechanical and artistic achievements.

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Nonfiction: The Licentious Life and Times of Jann Wenner

In “Sticky Fingers,” the first biography of the Rolling Stone co-founder and editor, Joe Hagan holds nothing back.

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Children’s Books: Notable Children’s Books of 2017

The best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review.

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Nonfiction: The Woman Who Smashed a Glass Ceiling in the 16th Century

Leslie Peirce’s “Empress of the East” tells the story of the slave girl who rose to become Queen of the Ottomans.

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100 Notable Books of 2017

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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Nonfiction: Iconic Food Writers Toppled Off Their Pedestals

Justin Spring’s “The Gourmands’ Way” offers a critical group portrait of the Americans who introduced French food to post-World War II America.

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Nonfiction: The Cookbook Addict

Jane Kramer’s “The Reporter’s Kitchen” explains how she approaches life through food and food through life.

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Nonfiction: The Contradictions of Joseph Conrad

Maya Jasanoff’s book, “The Dawn Watch,” uses Conrad’s work to tell a story of globalization, imperialism and resistance.

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Nonfiction: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

A new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder “refreshes and revitalizes” our understanding of westward expansion, pioneer life and the literature that mythologized it.

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Nonfiction: Kevin Young’s Enthralling, Essential History of the Hoax

Jonathan Lethem reviews Kevin Young’s “Bunk,” a new book that traces the American fondness for plagiarists, hoaxes and, yes, fake news.

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Nonfiction: World War II Seen by a Classicist, and Other New Books About Conflict

Thomas E. Ricks surveys 12 new books of military history.

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Nonfiction: Amid African Extremism, a Writer Finds an ‘Ordinary and Rare Kind of Bravery’

Alexis Okeowo’s book “A Moonless, Starless Sky” profiles regular people living in defiance of extremist movements across the African continent.

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Nonfiction: An Acclaimed Biographer Takes On Her Grandfather, the Atomic Scientist James B. Conant

Jennet Conant’s “Man of the Hour” explores the life of James B. Conant, Cold Warrior scientist and administrator of the Manhattan Project.

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Nonfiction: The Women Who Helped America Crack Axis Codes

Liza Mundy’s “Code Girls” goes behind the scenes of America’s national security apparatus in World War II, and finds it was heavily populated by women.

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Nonfiction: Between the Presidency and Him

The poet Kevin Young on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “We Were Eight Years in Power.”

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Nonfiction: ‘I Hear She’s a Real Bitch’: A Swaggering, Feminist Restaurant Memoir

The Canadian restaurateur Jen Agg shows she’s eager to curse and digress like the most macho of them.

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Nonfiction: James Madison’s Zigzag Path

Noah Feldman’s new biography of the fourth president paints a picture of a man of great political flexibility.

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Nonfiction: In ‘Friends Divided,’ John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Beg to Differ

The historian Gordon Wood traces the very long, very complicated relationship between two extraordinary men.

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Nonfiction: Antonin Scalia’s Speeches, Collected for Argument’s Sake

The words of the late Supreme Court justice and originalist as reviewed by his old sparring partner, Alan Dershowitz.

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Nonfiction: Do Americans Need a Prime Minister?

In “The Impossible Presidency,” the historian Jeremi Suri argues that the job has become overwhelmingly complex, more than a single person can handle.

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Nonfiction: The War of Independence, Seen Through Six Sets of Eyes

Russell Shorto’s “Revolution Song” recounts the stories of individual lives that intersected with our nation’s battle against enemies at home and abroad.

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Nonfiction: A Quarter of a Century Behind Bars, for a Crime He Didn’t Commit

Alex Kotlowitz reviews Benjamin Rachlin’s “Ghost of the Innocent Man,” which tells the story of Willie J. Grimes, wrongfully convicted of sexual assault.


TABLE-Leonardo da Vinci biography tops U.S. nonfiction bestsellers

Oct 26 (Reuters) - Walter Isaacson's biography of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci debuted at the top of the U.S. nonfiction bestsellers chart on Thursday, while Dan Brown's "Origin" held off John Sandford's latest novel and a book of short stories by actor Tom Hanks on the fiction bestsellers list. Data released by independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States was used to compile the list. Hardcover Fiction

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Nonfiction: Stranger Than Fiction: The Best True-Crime Stories

From Hollywood’s Black Dahlia case to killing sprees in 1950s London and 19th-century Paris, new books probe the grisly worst of human nature.

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Nonfiction: In ‘After the Eclipse,’ a Daughter Mourns Her Murdered Mother

In parallel tracks of elegy and mystery, Sarah Perry recalls the life and death of her young mother, who was murdered when the author was 12.

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Nonfiction: The Man Who Photographed Ghosts

Peter Manseau’s “The Apparitionists” reveals the art and trial of William H. Mumler, who stood at the intersection of 19th-century art, science and spiritualism.

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Nonfiction: The Pop-Culture Evolution of Frankenstein’s Monster

In “Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years,” Christopher Frayling resurrects Mary Shelley’s classic through the countless visual adaptations of its monster.

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Nonfiction: What Trump Can Learn From a Gold Star Family

In his new memoir “An American Family,” Khzir Khan, who spoke so movingly at the 2016 Democratic convention, writes about patriotism and his love of America.

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Nonfiction: Stalinist Crimes in Ukraine That Resonate Today

In “Red Famine,” Anne Applebaum shines a light on clashing nationalisms in a richly detailed account of the 20th-century Soviet republic’s great famine.

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Nonfiction: ‘Riot Days’: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, tells her story in her prison memoir.

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Nonfiction: A Lamentation for a Life Cut Short

In “Cuz,” Danielle Allen remembers a cousin who went to prison as a teenager and spent almost his entire adult life behind bars.

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Nonfiction: President Clinton Looks Back at President Grant

Ron Chernow’s “Grant” gives us a Ulysses S. Grant for our times.

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Nonfiction: Three Wealthy Women and Their Venetian Mansion

Judith Mackrell’s “The Unfinished Palazzo” traces the lives of its 20th-century owners: Marchesa Luisa Casati, Lady Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim.

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Nonfiction: Is Globalization Drawing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?

In “The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World,” Michael Ignatieff grapples with whether people are only capable of living side by side.

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Nonfiction: Biltmore House, America’s Original McMansion

Denise Kiernan unlocks the Gilded Age history of George Vanderbilt’s giant house and the aristocratic royalty that inhabited it.

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Nonfiction: How a Villa on the Riviera Became the Year-Round Playground of the Superrich

Mary S. Lovell’s “The Riviera Set” eavesdrops on the glamorous entertainments staged by the various owners of a chateau in the south of France.

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Nonfiction: Exploring the Necessity and Virtue of Sleep

Two books look at why getting a good night’s rest is essential.

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Nonfiction: The Truth and Fiction of Adam and Eve

In a new cultural history of the origins and readings of the Genesis story, Stephen Greenblatt traces a long arc.

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Nonfiction: 1949: The Year That Set the Course of Chinese-American Relations

Kevin Peraino’s “A Force So Swift” recounts a turning point that continues to haunt Washington and Beijing.

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Nonfiction: Learning About Women’s Lives Through the Food They Consumed

In “What She Ate,” Laura Shapiro offers biographical portraits of six notable women and their diets, including Helen Gurley Brown and Eva Braun.

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Nonfiction: When the Empress of India Met Her Muslim Teacher

Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul,” now also a film starring Judi Dench, portrays the bond between the British queen and her Indian teacher.

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Nonfiction: In Masha Gessen’s ‘The Future Is History,’ Homo Sovieticus Rises

In her new book, Gessen, a journalist and longtime critic of Vladimir Putin, recounts the experiences of seven people living in post-Communist Russia.

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Nonfiction: A Trust Buster for the New ‘Knowledge Monopoly’

Franklin Foer argues that Silicon Valley is an “existential threat” to the individual and society.

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Nonfiction: Tracking the Hyper-Gentrification of New York, One Lost Knish Place at a Time

In “Vanishing New York,” Jeremiah Moss laments the transformation of a city into a place that no longer accommodates failure.

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Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.

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Nonfiction: When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America

“The Republic for Which It Stands,” Richard White’s broad-ranging history, describes a country lashed by greed and brutality.

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Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.

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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest

Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.

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Nonfiction: A Memoir by Donald Trump’s Favorite Target

“Unbelievable,” by the NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, describes what it was like to be on the front lines during the Trump presidential campaign.

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Nonfiction: In Praise of the Black Men and Women Who Built Detroit

In “Black Detroit,” Herb Boyd celebrates the city’s rich history through its unsung heroes.

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Nonfiction: Fake News: It’s as American as George Washington’s Cherry Tree

Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland” argues that alternative facts are baked into the American character.

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Nonfiction: A Journalist Abroad Grapples With American Power

In “Notes on a Foreign Country,” Suzy Hansen argues that “Americans were in active denial of their empire even as they laid its foundations.”

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Nonfiction: Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

George Anders’s “You Can Do Anything” and Randall Stross’s “A Practical Education” argue for the value of a liberal education in today’s economy.

'Game of Thrones' actor: Winter is coming -- and the ice is melting

In "Game of Thrones" -- the television show in which I play fictional knight Jaime Lannister -- one of the many stunning visual images on regular display is an overwhelmingly massive wall of ice. I know all too well that, were "Game of Thrones" a nonfiction world, that wall of ice would be seriously imperiled by climate change.

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Nonfiction: 1922: The Year That Transformed English Literature

Bill Goldstein’s “The World Broke in Two” looks at four British writers — Woolf, Eliot, Forster and Lawrence — at a turning point in history.