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Crime: Flight or Fright

Sara Paretsky’s crusading private eye, V.I. (Vic) Warshawski, returns in “Brush Back.”

Inside the List

William Finnegan, who has written several sober examinations of the world’s hot spots, has his first best seller with the surfing memoir “Barbarian Days,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list.

‘Wealth Secrets of the One Percent,’ by Sam Wilkin

An economist offers principles for amassing riches gleaned from business titans.

‘The Love She Left Behind,’ by Amanda Coe

In this novel, a woman leaves her husband and two children for a temperamental playwright.

‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,’ by Natasha Pulley

In this debut novel, set in 1880s London, a mysterious mechanical genius seems to tinker with fate.

‘Circling the Sun,’ by Paula McLain

This novel is based on the life of Beryl Markham, horsewoman and aviator.

‘The Richest Man Who Ever Lived,’ by Greg Steinmetz

A Renaissance-era financier helped to create an international money market.

‘The Fly Trap,’ by Fredrik Sjoberg

An amateur entomologist from Sweden offers a unique tour of the world of hoverfly collecting.

‘Barbara the Slut,’ by Lauren Holmes

A story collection traces lives tinged with comedy and strain.

The Shortlist: Dark Memoirs

New books by Alan Lightman, Mary Anna King, Brad Gooch and Allen Kurzweil.

Open Book: More Than Scary

Ruth Franklin, who’s writing a biography of Shirley Jackson, says of her subject: “She continues to fascinate me every day.”

Letters: Nixon’s the One

Readers respond to recent reviews of new books about Richard Nixon and more.

“Twine around each other”

Recommended Reading: “Management” by Erin McGraw.

Title Games

Penguin is celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year. How well do you know its classic book covers? At The Telegraph, a quiz on the better-known titles in its library. You could also look back on one of our book cover battles.

Episode 26: 7 Millions Questions with Karolina Waclawiak

Discussed in this episode: John Updike, Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen, Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls, sea monsters, avocados...

False Negative

A striking photo of the Bront? sisters is not, in fact, a photo of the Bront? sisters. The women in the photo look a lot like them, but their hometown didn’t have much in the way of photography in the 1840s, and there isn’t any record of the Bront?s getting their photo taken. So how […]

The Unwritten Profile: On The End Of The Tour

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give to The End of the Tour, the new film about a five-day interview between the writer David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, is that I finally started reading Wallace aga...

Pool [5 choruses] by Endi Bogue Hartigan?

Kent Shaw reviews Endi Bogue Hartigan's Pool [5 choruses] today in Rumpus Poetry.

HBO: ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Go For at Least 8 Seasons

HBO can't get enough "Game of Thrones," the most popular show in its history.

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