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Fiction: Dave Eggers’s New Novel Follows a Family Into the Alaskan Wild
In Dave Eggers’s “Heroes of the Frontier,” a single mother imagining a new life takes her kids on the lam in Alaska.
Author’s Note: To a Writer, a Body of Work Is a Taunt
Authors look at their own work and think: Is that all there is?
Nonfiction: A New Biography Says George W. Bush Really Was the Decider
Time and again, Jean Edward Smith argues, Bush failed to meet the challenges of his office.
By the Book: Megan Abbott: By the Book
The author, most recently, of “You Will Know Me” keeps a copy of “How to Protect Yourself Against Psychic Attack” on her shelves. “Those who know me well probably wouldn’t be surprised.”
Nonfiction: An American Is Murdered During Apartheid’s Final Days: Was Justice Served?
Justine van der Leun’s “We Are Not Such Things” investigates a 1993 killing and considers reconciliation’s role in post-apartheid South Africa.
The Shortlist: Man vs. Machine
New books about competing against computers for jobs, holding on to privacy in the digital age and more.
Nonfiction: The Dark History of the Olympics
David Goldblatt’s “The Games” recalls unflattering aspects of the Olympics long before doping and gender testing.
Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction
Bill Loehfelm’s “Let the Devil Out,” Joseph Finder’s “Guilty Minds” and more.
Nonfiction: For Generous Parental Leave and Great Schools, Move to Finland
In “The Nordic Theory of Everything,” the Finnish journalist Anu Partanen maintains that life is better in her native land.
Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘We Are Not Such Things’
Justine van der Leun talks about “We Are Not Such Things”; and David Goldblatt discusses “The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.”
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.
Inside the List
Daniel Silva’s “The Black Widow,” No. 1 in hardcover fiction, opens with an ISIS bombing in Paris. “I wrote this book as a warning about what was coming,” Silva says.
Fiction: A Novel of Egypt’s ‘Cheated Generation’
Yasmine El Rashidi’s “Chronicle of a Last Summer” is about a heroine’s path to adulthood during and after Mubarak.
Fiction: A Second Mississippi Novel by Brad Watson
Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.
Fiction: Jesse Ball’s New Novel Features a Teenage Arsonist
The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”
Fiction: Outlaws Like a Good Book Too
Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.
Fiction: A Debut Novel Traces a Woman’s Life in Solitude
The linked vignettes in Claire-Louise Bennett’s “Pond” trace the streaming thoughts of a solitary woman.
Fiction: A Novel Explores Tragedy’s Aftermath in a Colombian-American Family
For the family in Patricia Engel’s “The Veins of the Ocean,” the past infects the present when a violent act is repeated.
Poetry: Time-Traveling Poems Consider the Self in Its Many Guises
The poet Jana Prikryl’s debut, “The After Party,” elevates the everyday and nods to influences from the past.
Nonfiction: Watching Brazil’s Rich: A Full-Time Job
Years of covering Brazil’s tycoons yield Alex Cuadros’s “Brazillionaires,” a collage of immense wealth and government corruption.
Nonfiction: Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s
In “A Floating Chinaman,” Hua Hsu revisits a Chinese immigrant writer who could not surmount ethnocentrism and racism.
Nonfiction: A Fond Look Back at the International Jet Set in Old Shanghai
Taras Grescoe’s “Shanghai Grand” is a love song to “the wicked old Paris of the Orient.”
Open Book: Sci-Fi in Bulk
“The Big Book of Science Fiction” is nearly 1,200 pages of stories by the genre’s luminaries and lesser-known authors.
Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to a recent review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” and more.
Children’s Books: Three New Books About the White House
Ken Burns’s first children’s book, and more presidential lore.
Nonfiction: What Makes Florida So Weird? A Native Tries to Explain.
In “Oh, Florida!,” Craig Pittman serves as a guide to his native state.

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