A New ‘L’Étranger’

An excellent and, in important ways, new version of Camus’s famous novel

The Outsider

by Albert Camus, translated from the French by Sandra Smith

The Refounding Father

John Paul Stevens’s plan to change the Constitution

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

by John Paul Stevens

The Insolence of Architecture

Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture

by Rowan Moore

Stretch Genes

A new book on genes and race starts with science then ventures into speculation

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

by Nicholas Wade

Let’s Go to Dystopia

Chang-rae Lee’s ‘On Such a Full Sea’

On Such a Full Sea

by Chang-rae Lee

Pakistan: Worse Than We Knew

Carlotta Gall’s ‘The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014’

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014

by Carlotta Gall

The Real West, At Last

The Last Kind Words Saloon

by Larry McMurtry

The Ghosts of Tiananmen Square

Two new books investigate how Tiananmen has come to shape Chinese society

The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

by Louisa Lim

Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China

by Rowena Xiaoqing He

Whistler: The Enraged Genius

Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake

by Daniel E. Sutherland

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, October 16, 2013–January 12, 2014; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, February 1–April 13, 2014; and the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 2–August 17, 2014

Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty

an exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts, March 8, 2014–February 1, 2015; and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., July 2015

The Giant Slightness of Being

Can’t and Won’t

by Lydia Davis

How Wily Mitterrand Transformed France

A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand

by Philip Short


Lost for Words

by Edward St. Aubyn

Angry, Icy, Enlightened Adams

The complex, contradictory John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

by Fred Kaplan

Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams

by Margery M. Heffron, edited by David L. Michelmore

A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams

edited by Margaret A. Hogan and C. James Taylor, with a foreword by Laura Bush


Solo: A James Bond Novel

by William Boyd

What Should You Learn from Machiavelli?

The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made

by Philip Bobbitt

Design for Long-Term Living

Before Sunrise

a film directed by Richard Linklater

Before Sunset

a film directed by Richard Linklater

Before Midnight

a film directed by Richard Linklater

A New Start in Mandalay?

From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey

by Pascal Khoo Thwe

The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma

by Thant Myint-U

Golden Parasol: A Daughter’s Memoir of Burma

by Wendy Law-Yone

Nor Iron Bars a Cage

by Ma Thanegi

Smile as They Bow

by Nu Nu Yi, translated from the Burmese by Alfred Birnbaum and Thi Thi Aye

To the Land of the Dead

Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

The Right Way to Control the Banks

The case for stricter capital requirements

The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It

by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig

Spain: Emerging from the Labyrinth

Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936

by Jeremy Treglown

Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine

The shtetl Jews whose native tongue was Yiddish ought to have been “lost,” “vanished,” or “erased” decades ago. They and their ghosts have, for three generations now, been figures of literature.

In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine

by Jeffrey Veidlinger

The Great Jean Giono

Hill of Destiny

by Jean Giono


by Jean Giono, translated from the French by Henri Fluchère and Geoffrey Myers

To the Slaughterhouse

by Jean Giono, translated from the French by Norman Glass

The Malediction

by Jean Giono, translated from the French by Peter de Mendelssohn

The Horseman on the Roof

by Jean Giono, translated from the French by Jonathan Griffin


by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 1: Naissance de l’Odyssée, Colline, Un de Baumugnes, Regain, Solitude de la pitié, Le Grand Troupeau

by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 2: Jean le Bleu, Le Chant du monde, Que ma joie demeure, Batailles dans la montagne

by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 3: Pour saluer Melville, L’Eau vive, Un Roi sans divertissement, Noé, Fragments d’un paradis

by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 4: Angelo, Mort d’un personage, Le Hussard sur le toit, Le Bonheur fou

by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 5: Les Récits de la demi-brigade, Faust au village, Les Âmes fortes, Les Grands Chemins, Le Moulin de Pologne, L’Homme qui plantait des arbres, Une Aventure ou la foudre et le sommet, Hortense, Le Petit Garçon

by Jean Giono

Oeuvres romanesque complètes, Vol. 6: Deux Cavaliers de l’orage, Le Déserteur—Ennemonde et autres caractères, L’Iris de Suse, Récits inachevés: Cœurs, passions, caractères, Caractères, Dragoon, Olympe

by Jean Giono

Récits et essais

by Jean Giono

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