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Nonfiction: Stalinist Crimes in Ukraine That Resonate Today

In “Red Famine,” Anne Applebaum shines a light on clashing nationalisms in a richly detailed account of the 20th-century Soviet republic’s great famine.

Further Reading: Stalin, Hitler and the Temptations of Totalitarianism

Strobe Talbott on Alan Bullock’s “Hitler and Stalin” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny,” which span the arc of the Russian Revolution to the present.

Marian Cannon Schlesinger, Author and Eyewitness to History, Dies at 105

A painter, memoirist and daughter of an early feminist, she wrote frankly of the Kennedy White House, where her husband, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., was an adviser.

Books of The Times: A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York

Julia Wertz’s majestic portrait of the city is a collection of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories.

Nonfiction: ‘Riot Days’: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, tells her story in her prison memoir.

Match Book: Dear Match Book: Seeking Poems That Bridge Humankind’s Worlds

Collections of verse, from the prizewinning to the more obscure, that explore themes of nature, science and psychology.

Further Reading: Condoleezza Rice on the 10 Days Still Shaking the World

On the centenary of the October Revolution, the former secretary of state writes about the books that best help us understand Russia.

Books of The Times: The Life of Oriana Fallaci, Guerrilla Journalist

Fallaci, whose interviews got the better of famous figures from Henry Kissinger to Muammar el-Qaddafi, is the subject of a new biography.

Profile: Recovery, Russell Brand Style

The comedian on narcissism, fame, his new book on the 12 steps and life after addiction.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi

“There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable,” the vice president of the Biloxi School Board said.

Profile: Amy Tan, the Reluctant Memoirist

She probably wouldn’t have written a memoir, were it not for the gentle prodding of her editor, Daniel Halpern.

Children’s Books: A Stunning Middle-Grade Debut Novel about Grief and Growing Up

The young protagonist of David Barclay Moore’s “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” harnesses the power of community — and Legos — to rebuild his ravaged world.

Further Reading: Martin Amis on Lenin’s Deadly Revolution

The Russian Revolution was imposed from above, but its tragedy was experienced from below. Amis provides a reading list for the decades that followed.

Fiction: In Orhan Pamuk’s New Novel, a Youthful Obsession Yields a Haunted Life

In “The Red-Haired Woman,” Pamuk traces the disastrous effects of a Turkish teenager’s brief encounter with a married actress.

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Shakespeare Scholar Turned Nazi Hunter

Jason Fagone talks about “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.”

The Book Review Podcast: Ron Chernow on ‘Grant’

Chernow talks about his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, and Mike Wallace discusses “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919.”

Open Book: Boom Time in Nollywood

For her new book, Emily Witt went to Nigeria to capture the scene of the country’s burgeoning film industry.

Inside the List: A Biographer of Martin Luther Promotes Faith in the Face of Evil

Eric Metaxas, whose “Martin Luther” is a best seller, responded to the Las Vegas shooting by reiterating his own belief in God.

What to Read Before You Go to Mississippi

A travelogue, a novel and a meditation on the aftershocks of Hurricane Katrina.

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