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Liane Moriarty’s “Apples Never Fall” lands in the top spot on our combined print and e-book fiction best-seller list. nyti.ms/3CNTB1P
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"The Right to Sex" is a "brilliant, rigorous" book that "coaxes our imaginations out of the well-worn grooves of the existing order," says @jenszalai nyti.ms/2XL9YwE
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In his novel "When We Cease to Understand the World," Benjamín Labatut casts the flickering light of Gothic fiction on 20th-century science, our reviewer writes. nyti.ms/2WbhbG4
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Amor Towles, By the Book: "I have no desire to have my life story written. But if it were a necessity, I would ask it be written by someone who would leave my life virtually unrecognizable. Someone like Gabriel García Márquez or Franz Kafka." nyti.ms/3zFM4QM
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Marcel Theroux reviews Anthony Doerr's new novel: "Doerr understands the pulse of changing fortune, the switches of destiny from good to bad and back again that have been the heartbeat of great storytelling since 'Gilgamesh' and the 'Popol Vuh.'" nyti.ms/3u6D6KW
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Steps are retraced in Evan Osnos’s “Wildland” and Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Travels With George.” They break new ground on our combined print and e-book nonfiction list. nyti.ms/3kDGPwH
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Here are 20 new works of fiction coming this season, including books by Colson Whitehead, Gary Shteyngart, Claire Vaye Watkins and more. nyti.ms/3CJlZCg
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Seven psychopaths enroll at the same school in Vera Kurian’s "Never Saw Me Coming," a riveting book you won't be able to put down until you know who will be the last one standing, Sarah Lyall writes. nyti.ms/3m1smds
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“Books in this genre like to make news, and this one doesn’t waste any time,” says our reviewer of Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Peril,” written with Robert Costa. nyti.ms/2W7Y4wr
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Brigid Kemmerer’s “Defy the Night” debuts on our young adult hardcover best-seller list. nyti.ms/2Wfntoc
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Every year, Anderson Cooper rereads a book his father wrote about their family: "I was 10 when he died, and most of my memories of him come from that book. It’s like a letter from him." nyti.ms/2Zv2I9e
The spider web of revenge Katie Lattari spins in "Dark Things I Adore" threatens to dissolve at every conceivable turn, or transform into lurid melodrama. That it doesn’t, not once, is a testament to her careful and sinewy plotting. nyti.ms/3uaC6Wj
In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s horror-tinged new novel, a mesmerizing star appears in the sky. nyti.ms/3kBm0lb
Unsmiling, solipsistic and at pains to conceal his forever wounded vanity, Peter Thiel, in Max Chafkin’s telling, comes across as singularly disagreeable, which is evidently the secret to both his worldly successes and his moral failures. nyti.ms/2XYcWhZ
Newly published, from the Vanderbilt Family to the former PepsiCo CEO. nyti.ms/3AHG0Z7
Loyalties are tested in the latest from Liane Moriarty, Colson Whitehead and Kyle Mills on our hardcover fiction best-seller list. nyti.ms/3o5Ji4U
“One of the things story tells us is that things keep evolving and changing,” said Maria Tatar, “that the story is dead if you don’t change it, it won’t be relevant, it won’t be compelling, if you don’t keep making something new out of it.” nyti.ms/3AA9zf8
Rabih Alameddine's new novel features volunteers on the Greek island of Lesbos pulling shattered refugee families from the sea — some grotesquely snapping selfies beside sodden grandmothers. nyti.ms/39Am8v2
As Suzanne O’Sullivan shows in her provocative book, "The Sleeping Beauties," for poorly understood conditions that fall at the tangled intersection of body and mind, especially mysterious outbreaks of mass illness, we ignore social factors at our peril. nyti.ms/3ADZ0rp
Animals break the law in Mary Roach’s “Fuzz.” It’s one of seven new titles on our hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. nyti.ms/3zFROtJ
From werewolves to genetically modified baseball players, we've got you covered on new science fiction and fantasy novels. nyti.ms/3oc5vya
Maria Tatar’s new book, “The Heroine With 1,001 Faces,” is an answer to Joseph Campbell, though she is careful not to frame it as an assault. “I think of it as more of a sequel,” she said. nyti.ms/2XDrnY2
8 new books we recommend this week. nyti.ms/2XHmu0q
Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects,” is starting an imprint, Gillian Flynn Books. “What attracted me was that ability to give people what I got, which was a chance in the market,” she said. nyti.ms/3AGH8vZ
Characters are blinded with science in Ali Hazelwood’s “The Love Hypothesis” on the paperback trade fiction best-seller list. nyti.ms/3zCzFgf
Readers aren’t into sports? The best-seller list says otherwise. nyti.ms/3EIQUjE
What if our worst enemy is not barricading himself in the White House or pelting our children with taunts on the playground? What if it’s right here, lighting up neural pathways inside our own skulls? Richard Powers's new novel insists on these questions. nyti.ms/2Zj8N8D
A visual guide to some of the better-known parts in the female pelvis that are named for men, and what you can call them instead. nyti.ms/3krzhNt
Amor Towles's love of reading began with the Hardy Boys mysteries: "I would spend the day reading one of them from beginning to end, then make my father take me to the bookstore so that he could buy me the next." nyti.ms/3o3BXTs
Thao Lam, Jon Agee, Annie Watson, Eric Zelz and Julie Paschkis celebrate the power and joy of language in four new children's books. nyti.ms/39zU6jj
Six new books on timely topics like #MeToo, the pandemic and the transition from Trump to Biden:  nyti.ms/3Ez06Hw
Benjamín Labatut's book “When We Cease to Understand the World” considers the fine line between the brilliance and darkness of human advancement. nyti.ms/3o09OwJ
With his memoir, "Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised," Carmelo Anthony joins his teammate LeBron James on the best seller list. nyti.ms/3zAbJu7
Names, palindromes, figures of speech and the pure poetry of language. Four new children's books explore the curiosities and conundrums of our playful word-life. nyti.ms/39FcQxK
Six new paperbacks to check out this week. nyti.ms/3CFBpHw
Loyalties are tested in the latest from Liane Moriarty, Colson Whitehead and Kyle Mills on our hardcover fiction best-seller list. nyti.ms/3AH4RMC
Thomas Mann's "Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man" will be obscure to contemporary readers, but his concept of "civilization’s literary man" is easily recognizable: the novelist as social conscience, writer of earnest op-eds, tweeter of #resistance memes. nyti.ms/2XrhwoQ
In Anthony Doerr's new novel, climate change, ecoterrorism, ancient Greek, the Renaissance, the Ottoman Empire, metallurgy and the economic hardship of being a single mother in 21st-century Idaho are all dealt with in crisp, swiftly moving sentences. nyti.ms/3lUTWsD
8 new books recommended by critics and editors at The New York Times. nyti.ms/3CEord4
All illness is “biopsychosocial,” Suzanne O’Sullivan insists, and though doctors instinctively know this, they tend to focus on the “bio” and the “psycho” at the expense of the “social.” nyti.ms/2XKKGPv
The spider web of revenge Katie Lattari spins in "Dark Things I Adore" threatens to dissolve at every conceivable turn, or transform into lurid melodrama. That it doesn’t, not once, is a testament to her careful and sinewy plotting. nyti.ms/3EC8oOX
New York Public Library to keep picture collection browsable. nyti.ms/2YYTTnI
“That’s the PROBLEM!” Ozeki's protagonist wails. “I don’t know what’s real and what’s not!” nyti.ms/39lrRF8
In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s horror-tinged new novel, a mesmerizing star appears in the sky. nyti.ms/39lbo3B
"Srinivasan has written a compassionate book. She has also written a challenging one." @jenszalai reviews "The Right to Sex." nyti.ms/3CwhoTD
Maria Tatar "is stirring what J.R.R. Tolkien once called the 'cauldron of story' in search of the girls and women, some silenced and some forgotten, some from the Iliad and some from Netflix, who live in Joseph Campbell’s blind spot," writes @galbeckerman. nytimes.com/2021/09/22/boo…
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Many parts in the female reproductive anatomy bear names from a time when a woman's body was considered terra incognita for great minds of medicine to explore, stake out and claim. nyti.ms/3hO819R
“One of the things story tells us is that things keep evolving and changing,” @mariamtatar tells @galbeckerman, “that the story is dead if you don’t change it, it won’t be relevant, it won’t be compelling, if you don’t keep making something new out of it.” nytimes.com/2021/09/22/boo…
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After coming to the U.S. as a girl, Maria Tatar said, the public library was “the one place where you could really just be by yourself and work through some of the discomfort that you had about being in a place where the language didn’t come naturally.” nyti.ms/2ZmQrDJ
This is a brilliantly lucid review of a fascinating, complicated, brilliant book. Kudos ⁦@jenszalainytimes.com/2021/09/21/boo…
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