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The Shortlist: The (Often Complicated) Lives of Artists

Three new books on Vivian Maier, Renoir and Elaine de Kooning explore the personalities and experiences behind the work.

Essay: The Poet of Light

Richard Wilbur’s capacity for wonder wasn’t always fashionable. But it was always urgently necessary — and still is, perhaps now more than ever.

Nonfiction: The Outlaw Novelist as Literary Critic

J.M. Coetzee reinvents the rules of fiction, but his “Late Essays” about other writers infuse traditional formulas with brilliant psychologizing.

Nonfiction: What Does It Take to Overcome Adversity?

In “Supernormal,” the psychologist Meg Jay derives lessons from the lives of her troubled patients.

Nonfiction: Seeing the Civil War From the Ground Up

Edward L. Ayers’s “The Thin Light of Freedom” presents the War Between the States as experienced by ordinary people.

Fiction: ‘The World Goes On’ — and So Do the Sentences

In Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s new book, the Hungarian writer pursues the apocalyptic themes and sprawling syntax that have won him a cult following.

Desolation on the Border

An illustrated response to an anthropologist's urgent, vividly drawn inquiry into the havoc wreaked on human life by America's immigration policy.

Inside the List: A Presidential Fury Propels Wolff Book to No. 1

Donald Trump’s lawyers threatened an injunction against Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which makes its debut atop the hardcover nonfiction list.

Children’s Books: Picture Books About Kindness, Compassion and Peace in a Turbulent World

Love shines out from gorgeous new books by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long, Oliver Jeffers, Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan, and Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

North Korea Praises ‘Fire and Fury’ Book on Trump Administration

The popularity of the book, which chronicles dysfunction in the White House, “foretells President Trump’s political demise,” North Korean state media said.

Rewind: Outside Cuba’s Revolution, Looking In

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s “Memories of Underdevelopment” is based on a novel that is an ambivalent account of life in Castro’s Cuba.

By the Book: Niall Ferguson: By the Book

The historian, biographer and author talks about the books he reads and re-reads, and the ones he is very happy not to read.

Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.

Fiction: An Unusual Jewish Novel, Full of Blood and Incense

Ruby Namdar’s “The Ruined House,” the winner of Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize, now appears in English.

Nonfiction: Real Worlds, Possible Worlds and Fantasy Worlds

In “The Origins of Creativity,” E.O. Wilson argues for a different relationship between the humanities and both the practical and theoretical sciences.

Nonfiction: At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe documents a class of immigrant teenagers while the Trump campaign stirs up nativist resentment.

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive

After a discreet tug-of-war with the playwright’s estate and Yale, the University of Texas has acquired the papers, including an “Aladdin’s cave” of unpublished material.

‘Fire and Fury’ from Canada: It’s Not About Trump. Or Michael Wolff.

A scholarly analysis by a Canadian professor of World War II bombing of Germany has found new life because it shares part of the title of the political best seller.

Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.

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