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Etgar Keret: By the Book

The novelist, story writer and author, most recently, of the memoir “The Seven Good Years,” is a fan of Kafka. “It was a great comfort to discover a writer who seemed to be even more stressed and screwed up than I was.”

Books of The Times: Review: Looking Inward in Poetry Books From Ron Padgett and Nick Flynn

Mr. Padgett writes with a sense of wonderment in “Alone and Not Alone,” while Mr. Flynn’s latest set of poems, “My Feelings,” can take an unvarnished stance.

‘The Unraveling,’ by Emma Sky

In this memoir, a British Arabist who had opposed the invasion of Iraq recounts her time advising American forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

John Maxtone-Graham, an Authority on Ocean Liners, Dies at 85

Mr. Maxtone-Graham made hundreds of crossings, spending more time at sea than on land, and recreated the glory days of luxury liners in books and lectures.

Harper Lee Receives Copy of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ as Release Nears

At a private lunch, Ms. Lee seemed breezily self-assured about the book’s publication next Tuesday, despite the mystery surrounding its discovery.

Books of The Times: Review: Rebecca Makkai’s ‘Music for Wartime,’ Stories With Echoes of Loss

More than a decade in the making, this is the first short-story collection by the author of the novels “The Borrower” and “The Hundred-Year House.”

Op-Ed Contributor: Found in Translation

Bringing foreign language writers into the crowded realm of English only enriches the world of literature.

Bookends: Do Moralists Make Bad Novelists?

Alice Gregory and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether moral preoccupations have a place in good fiction.

‘Among the Ten Thousand Things,’ by Julia Pierpont

A husband’s affair, cruelly revealed, leaves his family’s future uncertain.

‘KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps,’ by Nikolaus Wachsmann

A historian depicts the concentration camps where many of the Holocaust’s millions died.

John A. Williams, an Underrated Novelist Who Wrote About Black Identity, Dies at 89

Mr. Williams, who was often compared to Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin, was the author of “The Man Who Cried I Am” and an unflattering biography of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Secret of William Carlos Williams’s ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’

A professor and a historian discover the identity of the unseen wheelbarrow owner in a classic poem.

‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ a Thriller Written as an Act of Love for Its Originator

Two friends of the author Katherine Russell Rich, who died in 2012, have finished a novel she had started to write, which Scribner’s will publish on Tuesday.

Author’s Note: They’ve Said Too Much

The author of a memoir is no longer quite as thrilled that all her youthful misadventures have their own I.S.B.N.

Michael B. Oren’s ‘Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide’

“Ally” is a remarkably frank new memoir by the former Israeli ambassador to the United States and current Knesset member Michael B. Oren.

Books of The Times: Review: Aziz Ansari’s ‘Modern Romance’ Explores Dating in the Digital Age

This stand-up comedian teams up with a sociologist to study romance in the era of texting, Tinder and Snapchat.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘The Billion Dollar Spy,’ David E. Hoffman Recalls a Cold War Spy

Mr. Hoffman’s new book adds more details about how and why the Soviet radar expert Adolf Tolkachev secretly sided with the C.I.A. against the K.G.B.

Inside the List

Holly Madison, the former Playboy Playmate whose tell-all memoir is No. 2 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has said, “I don’t want negative, toxic people in my life anymore.”

The Shortlist: Americana

New books about a master swindler, a murder in 1889 Chicago and more.

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