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Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian Novelist, Dies at 72

In novels like ““Second-Class Citizen” and The Bride Price,” Ms. Emecheta described the difficulties African women faced in negotiating traditional roles in a modern age.

The Book Review Podcast: George Saunders Talks About ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Saunders talks about his first novel; Maria Russo discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books; and Alan Burdick on “Why Times Flies.”

Fiction: A Romantic Comedy With Pleasingly Ridiculous Characters

The heroine of Elinor Lipman’s romantic comedy “On Turpentine Lane” acquires a problem house to go with her man and job troubles.

Nonfiction: It’s Not Really on Your Side

In “Why Time Flies,” Alan Burdick intertwines an account of his own personal struggle with time with an extensive overview of laboratory experiments.

Children’s Books: In Four Imaginative New Picture Books, Trees Become Houses, an Egg Hatches Into a Strange Baby Creature and More

In Neal Layton’s “The Tree” and other new picture books, readers are reminded that inspiration is a fledgling of process.

Children’s Books: ‘The Warden’s Daughter’: A Girl Grows Up in the Prison Her Father Runs

In “The Warden’s Daughter,” Jerry Spinelli explores profound questions with the flair of a master storyteller.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to a recent essay about Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and more.

Bookshelf: Harlem Histories and Boardroom Lessons

Two new books discuss the neighborhood’s significance in city history. A third, from a high-profile lawyer, offers 50 years of stories about corporate governance, and suggestions for improvements.

Lisa Gardner Catches Up With ‘Old Friends’ in Her New Novel

Lisa Gardner, whose “Right Behind You” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, turned to Facebook to decide which of her regular protagonists the novel should feature.

Open Book: The Left Bank

“Finks” tells the story of an unlikely band of double agents: writers and editors at The Paris Review.

The Shortlist: Essays

Essay collections by David Orr, Stanley Elkin and Betty Fussell.

Author’s Note: Headed for the Graveyard of Books

It wasn’t the hope of immortality that goaded me to write: It was obsession.

Fiction: In This Novel, the Twin Towers Reappear in the Badlands

In his 10th novel, “Shadowbahn,” Steve Erickson somehow captures what’s so urgent about the fractured state of the country.

Fiction: As a House Burns, Tenants’ Lives Flash Before Them

In Colin Thubron’s novel “Night of Fire,” a house burns down with its tenants inside. But is death the only fate they share?

Fiction: In Transition: A Novel About What Happens When a Son Becomes a Daughter

In Laurie Frankel’s “This Is How It Always Is,” family members search for the best way to support a transgender child.

Nonfiction: Conflicting Passions: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Hedonist and Engaged Intellectual, Considers His Jewish Heritage

“The Genius of Judaism,” by the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, is a cultural treatise and a revealingly personal document.

Fiction: Laird Hunt’s Novel Offers Split-Screen Views of a Lynching

Laird Hunt’s novel “The Evening Road,” set in 1930s Indiana, tells the story of a white woman, a black woman and a lynching.

Barbara Harlow, Scholar on Perils of Resistance Writing, Dies at 68

Professor Harlow believed that imaginative writing was a way to gain control over “the historical and cultural record.”

Finally, a Screenplay by James Baldwin

Raoul Peck relied solely on the words of Baldwin for his Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.”

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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