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Children’s Books: What Not to Tell the Kids When the Goldfish Dies, and Other Lessons from Pet Picture Books

A dead goldfish and a botched cover-up, an imaginary pet parakeet — pet-focused picture books help kids make sense of life and loss.

Children’s Books: A Teenager’s Life in the Aftermath of Her Mother’s Sudden Death

In Carol Weston’s perceptive, funny and moving “Speed of Life,” a 14-year-old heroine faces the loss of her mother and her dad’s new dating life.

Children’s Books: In Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel, a Ghost Ship Travels Through Time

In “The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship,” a battered vessel becomes unstuck in time after an experiment goes awry.

American Beauties: A Tangy Sendup of Literary-World Dalliances

Come to T. Gertler’s 1984 novel, “Elbowing the Seducer,” for its sweat-drenched lunch-hour sex scenes. Stay for its social comedy and its surprising emotional heft.

Nonfiction: How Washington Planned for a Cold-War Apocalypse

Macabre anecdotes aside, Garrett M. Graff’s “Raven Rock” is at heart a history of the Cold War and its lasting effects on American politics.

Nonfiction: He Built Roads. He Oversaw Mines. He Shrank the Deficit. He Was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

As Rüdiger Safranski’s “Goethe: Life as a Work of Art” reveals, when the prolific writer wasn’t producing manuscripts, he was applying his talents to the municipal good.

Fiction: Mind Reading, Repressed Memories and the Superhero Brainstorm

Beneath its twisty plots, Fiona Maazel’s novel “A Little More Human” challenges our quest for physical and cognitive self-improvement.

The Shortlist: Debut Novels for Armchair Olympians, Rom-Com Fans, and More

Four first novels introduce readers to a Hollywood flack, a Tour de France cyclist, an about-to-be-unwed mother and an autistic teenager.

Help Desk: I’m Dying Up Here: Books on How to Grieve and How to Die

Our columnist examines new books that offer methods for dealing with death and dying — plus a poignant memoir that will show you how to live.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to the summer reading issue with new facts, nostalgia and a plea for more poetry in the form of a poem.

Tip: How to Read Aloud to Children

Encourage listeners to ask questions. Perform all the voices.

David Fromkin, Professor and Author on Mideast, Dies at 84

Mr. Fromkin was a lawyer as well as the founding director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University.

Helen Dunmore, Who Wrote About Legacy and Loss, Dies at 64

Ms. Dunmore, an Englishwoman, found much success writing novels, poetry, short stories and children’s books.

By the Book: Joseph Kanon: By the Book

The author of “Defectors” says that he likes to cook, but likes to read cookbooks even more. “And the best cookbooks have really distinctive voices. I never met Marcella Hazan, but I feel I have.”

Yoko Ono Will Share Credit for John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

She is being recognized as a co-writer of her husband’s 1971 song, the National Music Publishers Association announced.

Nonfiction: America’s Collision Course With China

Two new books on China, "Everything Under the Heavens” and “Destined for War,” urge us to be ready for a radically different world order.

The Children of ‘1984’: Dystopia Down the Decades

George Orwell’s novel has led to adaptations and variations since its publication in 1949, including a coming Broadway version. Here’s an overview.

Books of The Times: Review: A Corrupt Cop Is Up Against the Wall in Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’

A police task force leader and his crew aren’t much better than the criminals they pursue in this gritty thriller, set in New York.

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