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Sound and Fury

A collection of his lectures on music reveals the composer’s narrow-mindedness and disdain.

Music Lessons: The Collège de France Lectures

by Pierre Boulez, edited and translated from the French by Jonathan Dunsby, Jonathan Goldman, and Arnold Whittall


Karenina’s Children

Carmen Boullosa’s ‘Book of Anna’ gives life to the next generation of Tolstoy’s characters.

The Book of Anna (Karenina’s Novel)

by Carmen Boullosa, translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee


Enabler in Chief

The attorney general exemplifies the growing influence of right-wing Catholicism under Trump.

Knives Out

‘Struggle: From the History of the American People’ charts the strife of early US history in a fierce Cubist/Expressionist style.

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, January 18–August 9, 2020; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, August 29–November 1, 2020; the Birmingham Museum of Art, November 20, 2020–February 7, 2021; the Seattle Art Museum, March 5–May 23, 2021; and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., June 26–September 19, 2021


Why Was She So Hated?

How Marie Antoinette tried to save the monarchy.

Marie Antoinette’s World: Intrigue, Infidelity, and Adultery in Versailles

by Will Bashor

Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen

by John Hardman


The Lie of American Asylum

Three new books offer searing portraits of the people affected by family separations and the criminalization of asylum in the Trump era.

Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants

by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border and Beyond

by John Washington

The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

by Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo


Women Not at Home

Ronit Matalon’s Israeli novels follow immigrant families much like her own.

The Sound of Our Steps

by Ronit Matalon, translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu

The One Facing Us

by Ronit Matalon, translated from the Hebrew by Marsha Weinstein

And the Bride Closed the Door

by Ronit Matalon, translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen


Thinking Outside the ‘Pico Box’

A new book cuts through generations of misguided commentary on the most famous speech of the Renaissance.

Magic and the Dignity of Man: Pico della Mirandola and His Oration in Modern Memory

by Brian P. Copenhaver


Cancer Under Capitalism

In ‘The Undying,’ Anne Boyer rejects the conventions of the cancer memoir in favor of a manifesto.

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

by Anne Boyer


On the Waterfront

Claude McKay’s lost novel recounts the thrills and disappointments of lives spent along the Marseille harbor.

Romance in Marseille

by Claude McKay, edited and with an introduction by Gary Edward Holcomb and William J. Maxwell


The Fighter

On the feisty congresswoman’s posthumous return to the spotlight.

Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug

by Leandra Ruth Zarnow

Bella Bella

a play by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Kimberly Senior, at City Center, New York City, October 22–December 1, 2019


How Did China Beat Its Covid Crisis?

China’s bureaucracy controlled the pandemic. But some Chinese see flaws in the authoritarian state.

The Art of Political Control in China

by Daniel C. Mattingly

Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City

by Fang Fang, translated from the Chinese by Michael Berry


The Hide That Binds

A medical librarian’s history of books covered in human skin.

Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

by Megan Rosenbloom


Disorders of the Heart

In her new story collection, Nicole Krauss is at her strongest when she sets aside sensational plot devices and chronicles the everyday.

To Be a Man

by Nicole Krauss


How the Awful Stuff Won

Andrew Marantz’s and Megan Phelps-Roper’s books explore the dark and far-reaching consequences of our dependence on the Internet.

Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation

by Andrew Marantz

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

by Megan Phelps-Roper

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