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Books of The Times: In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues

Chernow is out to find undiscovered nobility in Ulysses S. Grant’s story, and he succeeds.

Ask the Novelist Celeste Ng About Race and Writing

The best-selling author of “Little Fires Everywhere” will join The New York Times on Facebook Live on Wednesday.

Books of The Times: Sylvia Plath’s Letters Reveal a Writer Split in Two

The massive first volume of Plath’s letters dispels the notion that Plath wasn’t aware of her contradictions or in (some) control of them.

In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity

The owners of the Ripped Bodice bookstore gathered data about writers’ races, and the results confirmed what many authors and consumers already knew.

Further Reading: 10 French Novels to Read Now

France is the “guest of honor” at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. Here are recent novels by some of the French writers who will be there.

John Green and the Fault Lines in His Mind

In his new book, “Turtles All the Way Down,” the best-selling young adult novelist addresses a deeply personal subject: anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Nonfiction: Exploring the Necessity and Virtue of Sleep

Two books look at why getting a good night’s rest is essential.

Fiction: No Country for Young Widows

In Robert Olmstead’s seventh novel, “Savage Country,” a widow and her brother-in-law hunt buffalo to pay family debts in the 1870s.

Match Book: Dear Match Book: I’m Seeking Newsy Nonfiction That Sparks Debate

Our columnist recommends books about work, gender equality, climate change and other timely subjects for a book club that thrives on lively discussion.

Books of The Times: In John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down,’ a Teenager’s Mind Is at War With Itself

Green’s follow-up to “The Fault in Our Stars” involves a small cast of tenderhearted, manically articulate teenagers and the mystery of a missing billionaire.

Nora Johnson, Author of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84

Ms. Johnson, a novelist, essayist and memoirist, had early success with “Henry Orient,” a satire involving private school girls in Manhattan. It was adapted for film and the stage.

Books of The Times: ‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Gives Off a Bright Light

Hardwick scrutinized the work of American writers ranging from Melville and Wharton to Capote and Didion, as well as topics like the civil rights movement and feminism.

Fiction: How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes

“Complete Stories” shows Vonnegut using short fiction to test the ideas he would put to better use in his famous novels.

Nonfiction: The 20 Years That Made New York City

“Greater Gotham,” Mike Wallace’s sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gotham,” focuses on the two decades between 1898 and 1919.

Front Burner: New Book Glorifies the Cocktail Basics

“3-Ingredient Cocktails” by Robert Simonson, a contributor to The New York Times, looks at the basics and forgotten simple drinks.

Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

Science fiction and fantasy, long dominated by Western mythology, are growing more diverse, with novels that draw on African mythology and legends.

The Book Review Podcast: Jennifer Egan Talks About ‘Manhattan Beach’

Egan discusses her new novel, and Franklin Foer talks about “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.”

The Shortlist: Three Novels Set in Ireland Past and Present

A murdered child, an adolescent awakening and a mysterious envelope are the subjects of three novels, all with an Irish theme.

Nonfiction: Loss and Grief, Channeled Through a Book Club

Anne Gisleson’s “The Futilitarians” describes how her book club led her deep into personal sorrow.

Inside the List: Microsoft’s Chief Wants You to Know He’s a Different Kind of Leader

Satya Nadella’s memoir, “Hit Refresh,” enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 5.

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