17 stories inspired by great American paintings

“From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings,” Pegasus Books, edited by Lawrence Block Writers take their inspiration from a variety of sources: an unforg...

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair has spent her life writing well-received biographies of ...

Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments

"The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (W.W. Norton and Co.), by Eric Foner It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution r...

Review: 'Red at the Bone' is Woodson's dazzling new novel

"Red at the Bone" (Riverhead Books), by Jacqueline Woodson Jacqueline Woodson begins her dazzling new novel, "Red at the Bone," with an afterthought, in the middle of things, and bre...

Review: Is there 'Sex in the City' for women in their 50s?

"Is There Still Sex in the City?" (Grove Press), by Candace Bushnell Carrie's back! Or at least her real-life alter ego, Candace Bushnell, whose loosely autobiographical newspaper co...

Review: New anthology of Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism

"The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Alfred A. Knopf). Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first l...

Review: Novelist explores the secular and religious divide

"kaddish.com" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Nathan Englander: It's 1999, and Larry, a lapsed Jew from Brooklyn, is at his sister Dina's house in Memphis for their father's funeral. ...

Foursome: Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Strand, Salsbury

"Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Carolyn Burke It's been almost a century since Alfred Stieglitz scandalized polite...

A new collection of essays by Janet Malcolm

"Nobody's Looking at You: Essays" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Janet Malcolm It would be frightening to be interviewed by Janet Malcolm. But the same qualities that make her such ...

Holocaust scholar surveys rising tide of anti-Semitism

"Antisemitism: Here and Now" (Schocken Books), by Deborah E. Lipstadt Deborah E. Lipstadt was surprised at how hard it was to write her latest book. A leading authority on the Holoca...

Review: A new collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen

"The End of the End of the Earth: Essays" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Jonathan Franzen One subject comes up frequently in Jonathan Franzen's latest collection of essays: how to l...

'Evening in Paradise': more stories by Lucia Berlin

"Evening in Paradise: More Stories" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Lucia Berlin: In 2015, the posthumous publication of the short story collection "A Manual for Cleaning Women" made...

Review: Pussy Riot founder's guide to political activism

"Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism" (HarperOne), by Nadya Tolokonnikova Power to the people: Where have we heard that before? In the 1960s, to be sure. And again today ...

Review: Gary Shteyngart's road novel in the time of Trump

"Lake Success: a Novel" (Random House), by Gary Shteyngart It's possible there's a hedge fund bro out there whose heart is as big as his AUM (assets under management). Who thinks Don...

Review: 'A Terrible Country' is a wonderful novel

"A Terrible Country: a Novel" (Viking), by Keith Gessen With the United States in an uproar about Russian meddling in its election, it's a good time to brush up on the country's form...