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Sailing Alone

Geoffrey Wolff takes on the noted seaman Joshua Slocum, whose first-in-history solo navigation around the world, in the late 1890’s, was far from his only sailing adventure.


Pauline Maier revisits a time when the American Constitution was just a proposal — and a hotly contested one at that.

Dream Sequence

Real estate and imagined connections bring a sense of the surreal to this novel from Spain.

Drop the Weapons

A Brookings Institution defense analyst argues for a middle ground between between nuclear abolition and retaining the bomb in perpetuity.

Beliefs: Rock Critic Mines A Catholic Boyhood And Gets a Memoir

Rob Sheffield tells how a literate suburban teenager became a fan of rock ’n’ roll and of Roman Catholic Mass.

A Novel Whose Plot Seems Oddly Familiar

An International Monetary Fund employee has written an intriguing book that seems to borrow from the financial crisis — but was written before it.

Prize in Hand, He Keeps His Eye on Teaching

Mario Vargas Llosa has continued to challenge students at Princeton since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child2. IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, by Jan Karon3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others2. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain3. TRICKLE UP POVERTY, by Michael Savage4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS, by Bill O'Reilly

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child

Bookshelf: City Views: Gardens, Postcards and History

Three new books take a look at the city through a variety of prisms: gardens, postcards and history.

George Cain, Writer of ‘Blueschild Baby,’ Dies at 66

Mr. Cain was a writer whose 1970 novel was greeted as an important exploration of the black urban experience in the United States.

Up Front: Paul Simon

In his youth, Paul Simon basically listened only to R&B, doo-wop and rockabilly.

TBR: Inside the List

Joel C. Rosenberg is back with another policy-manifesto disguised as a political thriller, this time targeting Iran.

Books of The Times: A Literary Romance, Rich in A-List Names

Harold Pinter’s widow, Antonia Fraser, recalls their years together.

In Writings of Obama, a Philosophy Is Unearthed

The historian James T. Kloppenberg has written a book about President Obama, whom he sees as a rare breed in America, a kind of philosopher president.

Books of The Times: A Vanishing and a Chance to Do Penance

In Dennis Lehane’s new novel, Amanda McCready, the child that was kidnapped in his “Gone, Baby, Gone,” disappears again as a teenager.

Domestic Lives: Living in a Ghost Town

A couple bought land in an old Colorado town where abandoned buildings outnumber residents.

Book Review Preview: Isn’t It Rich?

A fascinating compilation of lyrics, commentary and anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim, covering the years 1954 to 1981.

Books of The Times: The Inner Lives of Airports and Voyagers

In new books, Alain de Botton investigates the life of airports and Tony Hiss explores the experience of traveling.

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