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The Shortlist: Religion

New books include “Putting God Second” and “Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto.”

Nonfiction: A Past of One’s Own: Vita Sackville-West’s Granddaughter Describes Her Extraordinary Ancestors

In “A House Full of Daughters,” Juliet Nicolson reviews the lives of her family’s extraordinary, and extraordinarily troubled, women.

Poetry: Adrienne Rich’s Poetry Became Political, but It Remained Rooted in Material Fact

Work from seven decades illuminates Adrienne Rich’s ethical mission in “Collected Poems: 1950-2012.”

Inside the List

“Seinfeldia,” No. 13 on the hardcover nonfiction list, goes behind the scenes of the groundbreaking sitcom about nothing.

Open Book: Journals of the Plague Years

“The deal was 30,000 words in 30 days,” Donald G. McNeil Jr. said of his new book, “Zika: The Emerging Epidemic.”

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to a recent work of fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.

Children’s Books: ‘Macavity’ Reintroduces T.S. Eliot’s Beloved Feline Creation

Just in time for the return of “Cats” to Broadway, a new picture book series features T.S. Eliot’s many-lived creatures.

Extreme Anger Management: Is It O.K. to Kill the Hulk’s Alter Ego?

In the mini-series Civil II, Marvel’s heroes are divided, and the conflict has taken another victim, Bruce Banner, in defense of the greater good.

By the Book: Herta Müller: By the Book

The 2009 Nobel laureate and author of the recently translated “The Fox Was Ever the Hunter” had no books of fairy tales as a child: “The only ‘fantastic’ stories came from religion class.”

Nonfiction: Ben Ehrenreich Writes a Love Letter to Palestine

Ben Ehrenreich’s “The Way to the Spring” is an intimate, vivid look at daily life in Palestine.

Nonfiction: Was She a Feminist? The Complicated Legacy of Helen Gurley Brown.

“Enter Helen” and “Not Pretty Enough” assess the life and influence of the longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Invention of Russia’ Examines the Post-Soviet Path

In Arkady Ostrovsky’s chronicle, the West plays a minor role in the chaotic emergence of a new, but no less authoritarian, state.

Applied Reading: Can’t Get Through ‘Ulysses’? Digital Help Is on the Way.

Technically diverse artists have taken up the challenge of freshly interpreting “Ulysses” to make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Saving a Relic of Jewish Life in Germany

The author of “The House by the Lake,” Thomas Harding, traces a tumultuous time in history through his family’s ties to an old summer house.

Nonfiction: Cynthia Ozick Takes Up Arms Against Today’s Literary Scene

In “Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays,” Cynthia Ozick longs for the re-establishment of a literary culture as profound as the one that reigned at midcentury.

Nonfiction: ‘I Want to Know What It Is Like to Be a Wild Thing’

In “Being a Beast,” the British naturalist Charles Foster goes to great lengths to experience the world as different species.

Footsteps: Jamaica Kincaid’s Antigua

How do you get to know this island? Go off-season, to Carnival, and use the writer’s books as your guide.

William H. McNeill, Professor and Prolific Author, Dies at 98

Professor McNeill’s catholic exploration of world history widened the traditional Eurocentric approach to the subject.

Books of The Times: Review: In Tracy Tynan’s Memoir, ‘Wear and Tear,’ Feeding on Explosive Drama

Ms. Tynan recounts life with her combative, hard-partying parents, the theater critic Kenneth Tynan and the novelist Elaine Dundy.

Fiction: Missing ‘Downton Abbey’? Julian Fellowes’s New Novel Is Set in Victorian London.

Julian Fellowes’s “Belgravia” devises a story of two families, one aristocratic, the other aspiring.

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