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By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book

The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”

Doping (Sports)

Sports of The Times: Chris Froome Tests Positive, and Cycling History Repeats Itself

It’s hard to be surprised by the news that cycling’s most dominant rider has tested positive for a banned drug.

Books and Literature

Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers ...)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.


Waddling into history: huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 6 feet tall (1.77 meters) that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.


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.

The race could come down to Roy Moore's history, the Trump effect and the city of Mobile

On Tuesday, Alabama voters will deliver their verdict on Roy Moore.  

Books and Literature

Fiction: Lives Other Than His Own

In Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel, a retired classics professor finds his routine existence transformed when he befriends a group of African refugees.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Making Citizens’ Lives Better

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

Books and Literature

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist’s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.

Books and Literature

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

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

Comic Books and Strips

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.


Community and History in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Iceland has more than 100 public pools, most of which are heated by the country’s abundant geothermal energy.

For the first time in US history, a road will likely be carved through a protected wilderness refuge

A wilderness refuge protected since the Eisenhower administration could have a road carved right through it


Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

The wild and ugly campaign for Senate, fraught with incendiary comments and molestation claims, has left even veterans of the state’s politics searching for parallels.


Rebels kill 15 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on U.N. in recent history

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organization in recent history.


Rebels kill 14 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on U.N. in recent history

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Rebels killed at least 14 U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in Congo and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday the attack that targeted troops from Tanzania was the worst in recent history.

History's biggest bubbles: They never end well

Avocados: History of an unlikely health food craze

From California to Manila, avocados are a common ingredient on restaurant menus around the world.

Rep. Castro: Surprising, disturbing things will come out in Russia investigation

Rep. Joaquin Castro says he believes some of the things that will come out in regard to the Russia investigation will be surprising and disturbing to the American people.

Books and Literature

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

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

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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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Paris Review Editor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into His Conduct with Women

Lorin Stein apologized in letters he sent the board Wednesday, saying his behavior had been hurtful and degrading.

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Books of The Times: In His Final Fiction, Sam Shepard Chases Familiar Themes

“Spy of the First Person,” about a dying man, is shot through with dread and decay but has parched humor as well.


‘The Crown’: A Look Back at Season 1 and the History Behind It

Here’s an episode-by-episode summary of Season 1 of “The Crown,” and a survey of how some of the historical events were covered in The New York Times.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: What the People of Appalachia Want

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

60 Minutes (TV Program)

The New ‘60 Minutes’ Book Has a Troubled History

Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, took over the project after the original author asked about women in the “60 Minutes” workplace.

Jerusalem (Israel)

The Conflict in Jerusalem Is Distinctly Modern: Here’s the History

The city has long been contested by Jews, Christians and Muslims, as well as by external powers, and its future remains far from clear.

Joseph Ellis: GOP is trying to erase over 100 years of history

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Version of Homer That Dares to Match Him Line for Line

Emily Wilson’s landmark translation of the “Odyssey” matches the original’s line count while drawing on a spare, simple and direct idiom.

Toobin: History shows president not above law

President Nixon said years ago that a president could not be charged with obstruction of justice. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains why that may not be true.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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.

Colleges and Universities

Two Colleges Bound by History Are Roiled by the Me-Too Moment

Spelman and Morehouse, the historically black colleges in Atlanta, are among a number of schools nationwide fielding complaints about sexual misconduct.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History

Evidence of the Rohingya Muslims’ history in Myanmar is being systematically eradicated. One prominent Rohingya asks, “How can they pretend we are nothing?”

Books and Literature

Books News: Sex, Plagiarism and Spyware. This Is Not Your Average Copyright Complaint.

Dueling lawsuits by novelist Emma Cline and her ex-boyfriend involve high-profile lawyers in what has become a high-profile case.


Review: John Adams Mines Gold Rush History for His New Opera

In “Girls of the Golden West,” a collaboration with Peter Sellars at San Francisco Opera, the music is haunting but the drama is stilted.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Why Are Jews Funny?

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

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Help Desk: Among the Vulgarians

New etiquette books offer advice on how to mind your manners during uncivil times, in the White House and beyond.

Books and Literature

The Enthusiast: In Praise of the ‘Career Romance’

Written to educate young women about various industries, the books are as historically interesting as they are entertaining — sociology lesson plus soap opera.

Books and Literature

Visuals: So, You’d Like to Buy Your Loved One a Book?

Follow the arrows to discover the best reading to give as a gift this season.

Books and Literature

Roundup: From Politics to Scandals, Sports Seem to Speak to Our Times

Half a dozen books on sports range from champion athletes to the fans who adore them.

Improv Nation (Book)

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.

Sexual Harassment

Matt Lauer’s History at ‘Today’: Two Decades of Highs and Lows

From some awkward interviews to narrating the events of 9/11, Mr. Lauer had spent more than 20 years at “Today” before he was fired this week.

Books and Literature

Roundup: Travel Books Take You There and Back

It’s worth noting that some of this season’s most exciting travel narratives are by women.

Books and Literature

Roundup: Rock ’n’ Roll, Between the Covers

From Lou Reed to Gucci Mane to Stevie Nicks, a look at the season’s music biographies.

Books and Literature

Crime: The Best Crime Novels of 2017

From Attica Locke to Jo Nesbo, Marilyn Stasio looks back at some of her favorite mysteries and thrillers from a year’s worth of crime columns.

Books and Literature

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.


Art Review: Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History

The museum’s style — integrating charismatic objects from all over the map — is sensational. Almost enough to make you forget certain grim realities.

Books and Literature

Roundup: Lots of Healthy Options, but Don’t Forget Dessert!

New cookbooks to make you feel good, along with books of cakes and cookies to make you feel happy. And, for the brave, recipes for not-so-awful offal.

Fashion and Apparel

Meghan Markle Is Going to Make History

The actress is to marry Prince Harry in the spring, and all of fashion is already watching. Who will make the wedding gown and what will it mean?

Books and Literature

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

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

Books and Literature

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.

Federal Taxes (US)

Op-Ed Columnist: The Biggest Tax Scam in History

Republicans try to create a safe space for political double talk.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A New Biography of the Renaissance Genius

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

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Opinion: An Algorithm Isn’t Always the Answer

I didn’t even know I was looking for the things that now make me happiest.

The government's long history of suing AT&T

Books and Literature

A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Nigeria has become a major exporter of literary talent, and now one publisher, Cassava Republic, is expanding to the United States.

Trump lays out history in Thanksgiving video

President Trump addresses the nation and retells history in a Thanksgiving Day video message.

Watch Rose's history of discussing sexual harassment

Charlie Rose has had a long history of discussing sexual harassment on his multiple programs. Now, he has been fired for sexual harassment allegations against him.

Sultan, Hurrem (1501-58)

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.

Books and Literature

100 Notable Books of 2017

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

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Cookbook Addict

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

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: Not if the Seas Rise, but When and How High

Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” reports on climate change and contemplates the future fates of coastal cities.

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

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


Review: ‘Darkest Hour,’ or the Great Man Theory of History (and Acting)

Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s drama about the early days of World War II.


Germany, citing own history, urges work to bridge Gulf divisions

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel offered his Qatari counterpart a small piece of the Berlin Wall on Tuesday, saying Germany's post-war history was proof it was possible to overcome deep divisions such as those now plaguing the Gulf region.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Whatever Happened to Isabel Archer? ‘Mrs. Osmond’ Picks Up Where Henry James Left Off

John Banville’s sequel to James’s “Portrait of a Lady” follows the heroine back to Rome and to the possible end of her marriage.

Books and Literature

Grace Notes: Studying Fake News About Voltaire, Spread by Voltaire Himself

A professor says that the 18th-century French satirist lied about his date of birth not to hide a scandal, but to create one.

Moore, Roy S

For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy

The current furor surrounding the Senate candidate has played out like a concentrated version of his battle-filled career.

Newman, Eric

Eric Newman, Whose Coins Told of America’s History, Dies at 106

Mr. Newman, a numismatist for nearly a century, was one of the country’s most distinguished authorities on the art and history of coinage and paper money.

Books and Literature

Profile: A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation

For Xue Yiwei, Canada was a safe haven in which to write, but now he’s finding an audience abroad that appreciates his subversive novel.

The surprising health benefits of pumpkin

Pumpkin has become the flavor of fall, but can eating pumpkins come with any health benefits? CNN's Jacqueline Howard reports.


Review: John Leguizamo Goes for Easy Laughs in ‘Latin History’

Two millenniums of oppression may not seem very funny, but in his latest one-man show, Mr. Leguizamo hones the art of comic revisionism.

Las Vegas, Nev, Shooting (October, 2017)

On Photography: The History of Photography is a History of Shattered Glass

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, photography’s long engagement with broken windows took on a new, sorrowful meaning.


UPDATE 1-Firefox opts for Google as default search in U.S., surprising Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google reclaimed on Tuesday its spot as the default search engine on Mozilla Corp's Firefox Internet browser in the United States and other regions as the browser maker stunned Verizon Communication Inc's Yahoo by canceling their deal.


Firefox opts for Google as default search in U.S., surprising Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google reclaimed on Tuesday its spot as the default search engine on Mozilla Corp's Firefox Internet browser in the United States and other regions as the browser maker stunned Verizon Communication Inc's Yahoo by canceling their deal.

Biden, Joseph R Jr

Best of Late Night: Biden Hopes Trump’s Presidency Will Be the ‘Exception’ in U.S. History

The former vice president sharply criticized President Trump, but declined to say whether he himself would run for president in 2020.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”

Vanity Fair's new chief editor makes history

Analysis: This may be one of the most awkward moments in handshake history

There should be a rule in international diplomacy: No strange handshake rituals.

Books and Literature

In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy

James Wolcott on two books about the larger-than-life dynasties shaping our cultural and political lives.

Books and Literature

Get Lost in a Giant Bamboo Labyrinth

The Labirinto della Masone, in Parma, Italy, is a dream come true of the Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci, who set out to build the largest labyrinth in the world.

Kim Jong-un

Opinion: History, Totally Destroyed

Clearly, we’ve overestimated intelligence as a world-changing force; it is idiocy that holds sway.

Books and Literature

I Interviewed Joe Biden. A Sob Took Me by Surprise.

After all my persistence and preparation for an interview with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., I would go down as the one who bawled.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Picture Books for Animal-Loving Children

An octopus who escapes from an aquarium, a feather searching for its bird, a cardinal trapped in a Christmas tree and more in this season’s best animal books.


Two Border Cities Share Russian History — and a Sharp European Divide

While attached to Russia by ethnicity and emotion, residents of Narva, Estonia, say they would never actually want to live there.

Roy Moore's controversial history

Roy Moore, the GOP nominee in Alabama for a US Senate seat, has been involved in controversial issues in the past. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Books and Literature

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

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

Elections, Mayors

Diverse Candidates Make History in Local Elections

A transgender lawmaker in Virginia, a Sikh mayor in New Jersey and a refugee mayor in Montana were among Democrats’ victories in state and local elections. Was this a one-off rebuke of President Trump or a sign of what’s to come in next year’s midterms?

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: A Mark Twain Tale, Brought Back From the Dead

“The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” completed and illustrated by Erin and Philip Stead, unites old-fashioned storytelling virtues with a playful modern sensibility.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Fiction: The Concealed Weapons of ‘Kiss Me Someone’

Karen Shepard’s short story collection “Kiss Me Someone” vividly demonstrates that a woman can be another woman’s worst enemy.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: These Kids Never, Never, Never Give Up

In new picture books from Mo Willems, Dan Santat, Lemony Snicket and others, young heroes and heroines get into — and out of — every kind of scrape

Gun Control

For the Military, a Long History of Failure to Report Crimes

Background checks are supposed to bar domestic violence offenders like Devin P. Kelley from buying guns. But they can’t if they don’t have the records.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: Masters of Illustration Bring Breathtaking Art to These Seafaring Stories

Tales of sailing the high seas, rescuing a whale, and emulating Robinson Crusoe from Mordecai Gerstein, Peter Sis, the Fan brothers, and more

Columbine: It's now 11th deadliest shooting in modern US history

After Columbine, it was hard to imagine things getting much worse.

Books and Literature

Joe Biden Talks About His New Memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

The former vice president writes about facing the death of his son Beau, deciding not to pursue a presidential run and dealing with foreign crises.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Profile: A Novelist Confronts the Complex Relationship Between Japan and Korea

Min Jin Lee, the author of “Pachinko,” discusses her book and the remnants of discrimination against Koreans by the Japanese.

Shooter's history puts Texas gun laws in the spotlight

Before he slaughtered 26 people in a small town church, Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley had some red flags in his background that, at first glance, might seem like they would have prevented him from obtaining or carrying a gun. While serving in the Air Force, he was court-martialed for assault on his wife and assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge some time after.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: Love and Other Ties That Bind in This Fall’s Y.A. Novels

A pregnant 16-year-old finds her own birth family, a high school senior is roughed up by the police, a brother and sister fall for the same girl, and more.

Slavery (Historical)

Princeton Digs Deep Into Its Fraught Racial History

Two years after debate over Woodrow Wilson rocked campus, the Princeton and Slavery Project is unveiling new research into the university’s uncomfortable past

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Novel of the French Revolution, Enacted in British Parlors

Helen Dunmore’s “Birdcage Walk” imagines the turbulent life of an 18th-century British woman whose political writings have vanished from history.

2 of the 5 deadliest shootings in recent history just 35 days apart

Mass shootings in America are getting deadlier.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Between the Presidency and Him

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

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

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

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

Here are the winners of The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards for 2017.

Books and Literature

American Beauties: A Chronicle of Homelessness Is Also an Offbeat Hymn to Life

In “Travels With Lizbeth,” Lars Eighner recounts the time he spent living on the streets with his dog starting in the late 1980s.

Books and Literature

Essay: Why Arthur Schlesinger’s ‘Disuniting of America’ Lives On

“The Disuniting of America” reminds us that social polarization is about more than the controversy over Confederate statues.

April Ryan: What side of history does John Kelly stand on?

Political analyst April Ryan said that people can't deal with issues of slavery and compromise, referencing White House chief of staff John Kelly's comment that the Civil War began because of "the lack of an ability to compromise."

Race and Ethnicity

Editorial: About John Kelly’s Racist History Lesson

The White House chief of staff was supposed to be a calming force, but he has now echoed President Trump’s sympathy for white nationalists.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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.

White House: Can't erase history

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defends White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's comments after he attributed the origin of the American Civil War to a "lack of an ability to compromise."

Opinion: A terrifying revisionist history

Was the American Civil War caused by seditious traitors who decided the hill they would die on was the one defending the racist enslavement of human beings, or was it that a simple inability to compromise led an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state? According to White House chief of staff John Kelly, it's the latter.


Kahlil Joseph’s New Film Is Steeped in Harlem’s History. And His Own.

The director Kahlil Joseph, who has worked with Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, presents his most personal work to date at the New Museum.

Flowers and Plants

A Seed Artist Germinates History

An exhibition using plants brought to New York in ships’ ballast illuminates the city’s hidden past using stinging nettle, milk thistle and amaranth.

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Stranger From the Past Confronts Roddy Doyle’s Latest Hero

“Smile,” the author’s 11th novel, is the closest thing he’s written to a psychological thriller.

Books and Literature

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.

Hudson River

17 Shacks and a Piece of Hudson History

A cluster of century-old fishing shacks in Hudson, N.Y., once at risk of being demolished, is now being preserved. Step inside one of the shacks and wander around the site.

Scalia, Antonin

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.

Presidents and Presidency (US)

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.

Books and Literature

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.


Mindful of history, Germans mobilize against rise of far-right AfD

BERLIN (Reuters) - German civil rights groups are mobilizing against the newly elected far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and other more hardline groups, vowing to avert the even stronger rightward lurch seen in neighboring countries.

Japanese Language

The Hidden History of Japan’s Folk-Rock Boom

In the late 1960s, Japanese musicians put their spin on American pop. A new archival series is bringing them to the West for the first time.

Books and Literature

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

Puerto Rico's power outages are the largest in US history, report says

In terms of the total number of lost hours of electricity, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are in the midst of the largest blackout in US history, according to a report from an economic research company.

Books and Literature

Profile: Tattoos, Bieber, Black Lives Matter and Jesus

Carl Lentz, lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, sidles up to the idea of Christian self-help with his book, “Own the Moment,” then aims for something different.

Books and Literature

Editors’ Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

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


2017: The Biggest Year in Horror History

We tracked horror’s rise at the box office over the decades. This year, led by “It” and “Get Out,” really has outpaced all others.

Books and Literature

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.

Books and Literature

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.

Cooking and Cookbooks

The Food Issue: The Dinners That Shaped History

A party that made Henri Rousseau famous, the gumbo that fueled the fight against segregation and the banquet that spoiled a presidential campaign.

Deaths (Fatalities)

Trilobites: Ancient Skull May Be History’s Earliest Known Tsunami Victim

The 6,000-year-old Aitape skull, found in Papua New Guinea in 1929, was excavated from sediments that contain telltale signs of ocean water left behind by a tsunami.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: John Grisham Prosecutes For-Profit Law Schools in ‘The Rooster Bar’

Grisham’s new novel translates the ethical and economic issues raised by student-entrapping practices into the high drama of a swift legal thriller.

Fashion and Apparel

Unbuttoned: Calvin Klein’s First Coffee-Table Book Is R-Rated History

In a 463-page tome, the designer looks back on his experience pushing boundaries.

Unexpected fossil find rewrites history of humanity

When researchers published findings in June of the earliest Homo sapiens fossils ever discovered, the scientific community was abuzz.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Our Villains, Ourselves: A Thriller Roundup

Six spooky fall thrillers, whose plots range from a campus crime to an international spy hunt to a young girl’s mystical self-murdering, all unsettle the neat distinctions between “hero,” “villain,” and even the reader.

Books and Literature

Fiction: King Lear Is Reborn as a 21st-Century Media Mogul

In Edward St. Aubyn’s novel “Dunbar,” Shakespeare’s tragedy is recast as a struggle for control over an irascible father’s corporate empire.

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Novelist Asks, What if Women’s Bodies Became Deadly Weapons?

In “The Power,” by Naomi Alderman, women gain the ability to harness a dangerous electricity and the world starts to change in their favor.

'This Is Us' builds Jack's backstory with surprising reveal

Caution: This post contains spoilers about the latest episode of NBC's "This Is Us."

Books and Literature

New & Noteworthy

A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

Books and Literature

Match Book: Dear Match Book: I (Seek Those Who) See Dead People

Novels from the frolicking to the infernal that fuse the natural world with supernatural phenomena.


Fine Arts & Exhibits: Exploring Rodin’s Place in Literary History

A multidisciplinary exhibit on the theme of inspiration among artists and literary figures, and within the work of Rodin, will open Nov. 17 in Berlin.

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Fiction: A Roundup of New Horror, All Indebted to an Early Master

Richard Matheson’s legacy is felt in stories of mysterious figures and horrible, dawning realities.

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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.

Clinton: Comey investigation 'changed history'

Hillary Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper that former FBI Dir. James Comey permanently changed history by getting involved in the 2016 election.

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Books of The Times: ‘Sticky Fingers’ Captures Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner and the Culture He Helped Create

The biographer Joe Hagan understands why a rock magazine editor matters to the history of the 20th century.

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profile: Is Anna Faris Unqualified?

Her new memoir, which blends relationship advice with reflections on her romantic follies, comes at an awkward time.

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Fiction: A Set of Brilliant Miniatures by the Author of ‘The Good Lord Bird’

With “Five-Carat Soul,” his debut story collection, James McBride explores race, masculinity, music and history.

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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.

Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned history'

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks on Saturday night urged the importance of understanding and learning from history, especially for those troubled by the current state of affairs.

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice (Book)

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.

Ines Rau makes history as first trans Playmate

The late Hugh Hefner broke ground with Playboy, and now the first issue of the magazine since his recent death is doing the same.

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Books of The Times: In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Joe Ide’s follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, “IQ,” begins in the exact spot that story left off: in a junkyard with a car full of evidence.

Remembering the worst day in Wall Street history

It was a day so terrible, it will forever be known as Black Monday.

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Books of The Times: With ‘La Belle Sauvage,’ Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy

The author of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy returns, with answers to the questions what happened first and what happens next.


Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

LONDON (Reuters) - A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series.

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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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Further Reading: Stalin, Hitler and the Temptations of Totalitarianism

Strobe Talbott on Alan Bullock’s “Hitler and Stalin” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny,” which span the arc of the Russian Revolution to the present.

Schlesinger, Marian Cannon

Marian Cannon Schlesinger, Author and Eyewitness to History, Dies at 105

A painter, memoirist and daughter of an early feminist, she wrote frankly of the Kennedy White House, where her husband, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., was an adviser.

Man Booker Prize

Op-Ed Contributor: The Booker Prize’s Bad History

It’s an award funded by the labor of enslaved people.

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Books of The Times: A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York

Julia Wertz’s majestic portrait of the city is a collection of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories.

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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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Further Reading: Condoleezza Rice on the 10 Days Still Shaking the World

On the centenary of the October Revolution, the former secretary of state writes about the books that best help us understand Russia.

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Fiction: In Orhan Pamuk’s New Novel, a Youthful Obsession Yields a Haunted Life

In “The Red-Haired Woman,” Pamuk traces the disastrous effects of a Turkish teenager’s brief encounter with a married actress.

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Further Reading: Martin Amis on Lenin’s Deadly Revolution

The Russian Revolution was imposed from above, but its tragedy was experienced from below. Amis provides a reading list for the decades that followed.


California 'horror' fires kill at least 40, deadliest in state history

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state's history rose to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing.


California 'horror' fires kill at least 38, deadliest in state history

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state's history rose to at least 38, with hundreds of people still missing.

Rouhani to Trump: Re-read history books

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reacts to the decertification of the Iranian deal by telling President Trump to re-read his history books.

Benjamin Paddock

Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman

The F.B.I. is building a psychological profile of Stephen Paddock. Among the most telling documents might be a yellowed, four-page psychiatric evaluation of his father.

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Why Frankenstein’s Monster Haunts Queer Art

As the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s monstrous allegory approaches, an exploration of its resonance with artists.

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Crime: The Latest in Crime Novels: Bad Mothers, Bad Memories and Bad Sex Toys

Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column shows what happens when a daughter turns in her murderer mother, a town confronts a killing and cold cases unfreeze.

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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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Essay: The Ghost That Haunts Grant’s Memoirs

T.J. Stiles discusses a new, completely annotated edition of Grant’s memoirs, edited by John F. Marszalek, with David S. Nolen and Louie Gallo.


Cubs 9, Nationals 8 | Chicago wins series, 3-2: Cubs Add a Chapter to Nationals’ Painful Postseason History

A rollicking and wild Game 5 ended with a familiar feeling of misery for Washington and another trip to the N.L.C.S. for the defending champions.


Review: In ‘Marshall,’ a Legal Pioneer Gives History a Shove

Reginald Hudlin’s movie about the crusading lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall smartly keeps the focus tight.

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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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Fiction: Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story

In his debut collection, “Fresh Complaint,” Eugenides explores variations on the theme of failure: marital, creative and financial.

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Opinion: Publishing’s Unfair Gray Market

How can third-party sellers offer “new” books at prices below even the Amazon discount?


With...Tom Hanks: Hollywood’s Most Decent Fella on Weinstein, Trump and History

As accusations rain on a kingpin of his industry, the actor known for his American hero roles begins a tour for his wide-eyed book of short stories.

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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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In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity

The owners of the Ripped Bodice bookstore gathered data about writers’ races, and the results confirmed what many authors and consumers already knew.

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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.


Critic’s Notebook: A Revolution in Jazz? An Avant-Garde Festival Makes History, but Not Community

The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music sparked inspiration onstage but fell short of accomplishing the goals of its 1964 predecessor.


Hurricane history favors U.S. building suppliers

(Reuters) - There are 600,000 homes in Texas and Florida alone that need re-roofed or repaired and results over the next month will give some sign of how much the resulting squeeze on building materials will benefit suppliers over the next year.