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Nonfiction: ‘Jane Doe January’ and ‘I Will Find You’
Two women write books piecing together decades-old sexual attacks.
Nonfiction: ‘East West Street,’ by Philippe Sands
The story of two ideas about international justice and the men who brought them to life.
Fiction: ‘Sweetbitter,’ by Stephanie Danler
A hard-partying woman reinvents herself in the world of New York fine dining.
Nonfiction: ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World,’ by Timothy Garton Ash
Ten guiding tenets frame a call for “more and better free speech.”
Bookends: Who Gets to Tell Other People’s Stories?
Anna Holmes and James Parker debate the line between empathy and exploitation.
Fiction: ‘LaRose,’ by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich’s latest novel asks a deceptively simple question: Can a person “do the worst thing possible and still be loved”?
Audiobooks: Gillian Flynn on Emma Thompson Reading ‘The Turn of the Screw’
The mendacious children in a Henry James ghost story lean toward danger.
Help Desk: In the Know
How to dress like a boss, speak like a prime mover, read scrawls like a sleuth and live like the French.
Crime: Clare Mackintosh’s ‘I Let You Go,’ and More
Clare Mackintosh’s first novel is a cunning psychological thriller that opens at Christmastime with a hit-and-run accident.
Audiobooks: Scarlett Johansson’s Latest: Narration of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’
Two recordings give voice to classic tales from the children’s canon.
Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘The Romanovs’
Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses his new history of the Romanovs, and Laura Miller talks about new audiobooks of childhood favorites.
Paperback Row
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Editors’ Choice
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
Fiction: ‘A Country Road, a Tree,’ by Jo Baker
Jo Baker’s novel focuses on Samuel Beckett’s years in wartime France, on the run from the Gestapo.
Fiction: ‘The Seed Collectors,’ by Scarlett Thomas
Botany and desire intertwine in a novel about relatives who receive a curious inheritance.
Nonfiction: ‘The Discovery of Chance,’ by Aileen M. Kelly
A biography of Alexander Herzen, the 19th-century Russian socialist writer.
Nonfiction: ‘The Edge of the Empire,’ by Bronwen Riley
Bronwen Riley paints a picture of a distant Roman colony by reconstructing the travels of an imperial officer.
The Shortlist: Adventurers
New books by Misha Glenny, Timothy Egan and John Boessenecker.
Open Book: Listening and Playing
New books about jazz.
Nonfiction: ‘Unforbidden Pleasures,’ by Adam Phillips
Essays centering on the nature of human desires, forbidden and otherwise.
Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent reviews of Don DeLillo’s “Zero K,” Angela Duckworth’s “Grit” and more.
Nonfiction: Nathaniel Philbrick’s ‘Valiant Ambition’
A history of the Revolutionary War offers a complex portrait of Benedict Arnold.
Inside the List
Louise Erdrich, whose novel “LaRose” is No. 8 on the hardcover fiction list, says getting humor into her work is “the hardest thing.”
By the Book: Siddhartha Mukherjee: By the Book
The author of “The Emperor of All Maladies” read some bizarre things researching his latest book, “The Gene,” “including comics from the 1950s that fantasized about future human mutants.”
Critic’s Take: Programmed Obsolescence
Incorporating up-to-date devices and applications in fiction risks mayfly ephemerality.

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