NY Times Books

Bookshelf: Books on a Photographer, the Underground Railroad and Ancestry

April 18, 2015 - 10:28am
Books about genealogy and the history of New York City; the photographer Eve Arnold; and the abolitionist Sydney Howard Gay’s contribution to the Underground Railroad.

Nick Cave’s ‘The Sick Bag Song,’ an Epic Poem Composed on Tour

April 17, 2015 - 1:31pm
The musician and author’s new literary work is a mash-up of prose, poetry, song lyrics and autobiography that he is selling directly online.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Bolick’s ‘Spinster’

April 17, 2015 - 12:25pm
Ms. Bolick discusses “Spinster,” and Jon Ronson talks about “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”

Paperback Row

April 17, 2015 - 7:00am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Inside the List

April 17, 2015 - 7:00am
Jo Nesbo’s “Blood on Snow,” which is No. 9 on the hardcover fiction list, was inspired by Nesbo’s desire to do for Oslo what Jim Carroll did for New York in “The Basketball Diaries.”

Editors’ Choice

April 17, 2015 - 7:00am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

‘The Triumph of Seeds,’ by Thor Hanson

April 17, 2015 - 6:51am
Seeds go to thrilling lengths to assure their species’ survival.

‘Rust: The Longest War,’ by Jonathan Waldman

April 17, 2015 - 6:39am
The scourge of rust — a mighty, and most unlikely, enemy.

‘Infested,’ About Bedbugs, by Brooke Borel

April 17, 2015 - 6:33am
A look at the biological and cultural history of bedbugs.

‘Shame and the Captives’ and ‘The Evening Chorus’

April 17, 2015 - 6:15am
Against a backdrop of World War II and far-flung prison camps, two novels explore the strain imposed on ordinary lives.

‘Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,’ by Cynthia Barnett

April 17, 2015 - 6:15am
Floods, drought, prediction, cloud-seeding, Seattle grunge.

‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger

April 17, 2015 - 5:30am
An academic and activist looks at the conflicts that arise when science challenges popular beliefs.

Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’

April 17, 2015 - 5:15am
In Jon Ronson’s accounts, misconduct is exposed and subjected to widespread scorn.

The Shortlist: Fareed Zakaria’s ‘In Defense of a Liberal Education,’ and More

April 17, 2015 - 5:00am
New books by Lani Guinier, Greg Toppo, Fareed Zakaria and Jonathan Zimmerman.

‘American Warlord,’ by Johnny Dwyer

April 17, 2015 - 5:00am
An American teenager killed for sport during Liberia’s civil war.

Crime: Arnaldur Indridason’s ‘Reykjavik Nights,’ and More

April 17, 2015 - 4:30am
Indridason’s latest novel illustrates the qualities that make his books so deeply pleasurable.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is a Stage Hit at Home in Monroeville, Ala.

April 16, 2015 - 6:19pm
Each spring visitors flock to a local production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in author Harper Lee’s hometown.

ArtsBeat: PEN Announces Finalists for 2015 Awards

April 16, 2015 - 7:02am
Phil Klay, Sheri Fink and Naomi Klein are among the finalists.

Celebrating the Fast-Moving, Bug-Eyed, Wily World of Hip-Hop Mixtape Covers

April 16, 2015 - 6:03am
The book “Damn Son Where Did You Find This?” presents the overlooked and whimsical hip-hop daydreams that adorn mixtapes, and the artists who create them.

Freeman Dyson: By the Book

April 16, 2015 - 5:00am
The physicist, mathematician and author, most recently, of “Dreams of Earth and Sky” says the best books he knows about mathematics and physics are nearly a hundred years old.