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Nonfiction: Memo to Parents: Back Off, and Children Learn More

In “The Gardener and the Carpenter,” Alison Gopnik says children are naturals at learning and have a better chance to develop if parents lighten up.

The Beats’ Countercultural Ferment Still Bubbles, in Paris

A show at the Pompidou Center in Paris, “Beat Generation: New York, San Francisco, Paris,” is the first major retrospective on the Beats since the 1990s.

Prying Loose the Long-Kept Secrets of Attica

A historian’s hunt for details about the cover-ups surrounding the bloody 1971 prison uprising at Attica Correctional Institution in New York.

Books of The Times: ‘Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings’ Paints a Troubling Portrait

This compendium of the critic and composer’s writings points up his self-importance and apparent ease at wearing two hats.

Criticism’s Sting: The Author Curtis Sittenfeld on Book Reviews

The novelist describes how she reacts to unsparing reviews and has come to take criticism less personally: “Sometimes fate smiles on you and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Joyce Carol Thomas, Who Wrote of African-American Life, Dies at 78

The award-winning children’s writer portrayed complexities seldom seen in books created for young readers.

Nonfiction: Overselling A.D.H.D.: A New Book Exposes Big Pharma’s Role

“ADHD Nation,” by Alan Schwarz, is important, humane and compellingly written.

Nonfiction: How to Raise a Mensch

In “Mamaleh Knows Best,” Marjorie Ingall says the values of Jewish mothers produce good children.

Books of The Times: ‘The Art of Rivalry’ Dissects Four Jostling Pairs of Artists

Manet and Degas, Matisse and Picasso, Pollock and de Kooning, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon: fraught friendships as catapults for artistic breakthroughs.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent reviews of Andrew Scott Cooper’s “The Fall of Heaven,” Maggie O’Farrell’s “This Must Be the Place” and more.

The Majestic Hudson and Its Valley’s Colorful Denizens

Vernon Benjamin’s anecdotal travelogue has a rich cast of characters, including Tawana Brawley, the Rosenbergs, the Gish sisters and Grandma Moses.

The Shortlist: War Stories

New books by Luke Mogelson, Harry Parker, Whitney Terrell and Odie Lindsey.

Inside the List

With little more than two months until Election Day, three of the top five spots on the hardcover nonfiction list are occupied by anti-Clinton books.

Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

In Michael Koryta’s latest nightmare, a self-anointed messiah is preparing to shut down the electrical grid supplying energy to half the country.

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘I Contain Multitudes’

Ed Yong talks about “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life”; and Meghan Daum discusses Egos, her new column about memoirs.

Fiction: In Emma Rathbone’s New Novel, a 26-Year-Old Virgin Seeks Sex

Emma Rathbone’s “Losing It” is about carnal pleasure (the idea of it, anyway), dating and a discriminating young woman.

Poetry: A Poet Subverts the Defense Department’s Official Dictionary

In “Look,” Solmaz Sharif finds words with a dual capacity for violence and tenderness.

Fiction: A Novel Imagines Putin Is Retired and Has Dementia

In Michael Honig’s “The Senility of Vladimir P.,” Putin has retired after “he had been five times president and twice prime minister.”

Nonfiction: In a New Biography, How Marconi’s Start-Up Changed the World

Marc Raboy’s “Marconi” considers its subject’s many facets: family man, Fascist, communications pioneer.

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