Books

With Sensuality and Coolness, a Debut Novel Considers the (Partial) Truths We Tell About Ourselves

A young woman sits alone in a cafe in Paris. How lucky she is, you might think if you happened past, to have her...

Mental Illness Is All in Your Brain — or Is It?

In an age of glowing brain scans and plentiful pharmaceuticals, it can be hard to remember that psychiatrists — not exactly known for their...

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Julián Herbert’s latest book revisits, with “shame and fury,” the massacre of 300 Chinese immigrants in the city of Torreón during the Mexican Revolution....

Striking a Balance Between Fear and Hope on Climate Change

By Bill McKibben “Falter,” the environmentalist Bill McKibben’s latest book about threats to the planet, combines fear of bad outcomes with hope for good outcomes....

‘Lot’ Offers a Look at a Polyglot American City

There isn’t a single pickup truck in “Lot,” Bryan Washington’s first book of stories. The setting is Houston, but oil is barely mentioned. The...

7 New Books We Recommend This Week

A few weeks ago in this space, we highlighted some books devoted to the theme of crime and punishment. In the time since then...

Leader of the French Resistance

Remembering a Woman Who Was a Leader of the French Resistance. Why have most of us never heard of Marie–Madeleine Fourcade? Why is her name missing...

New Look at the Mystery of Lizzie Borden

“Oh, Mrs. Churchill, do come over. Someone has killed father.” With those words — called across a yard to a neighbor, on a...