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Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
Nonfiction: What Role Do Teachers Play in Education? Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
The Enthusiast: In Praise of Karel Capek “This is the power of ‘War With the Newts’: It leaves us staring with bewilderment at the ways that we — with our tiny acts of greed and insensitivity and willful blindness — did all this.”
Crime: From a Marsh to a Mountain, Crime Fiction Heads Outdoors Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.
Fiction: Two New Novels Expose the Fracturing of the American Nuclear Family, From Midcentury to Today Cherise Wolas’s “The Family Tabor” and Rick Gekoski’s “A Long Island Story” both witness the unraveling of prominent Jewish families.
Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
The Book Review: Rethinking the ‘Tangled Tree’ of Life “We are composites of various creatures,” David Quammen says. “We are mosaics.”
Nonfiction: Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality In “Winners Take All,” Anand Giridharadas explores a global elite that bemoans the state of the world while refusing to seek real, structural change.
John Calder, British Publisher Who Fought Censorship, Dies at 91 His authors included Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller, and he fought in court to publish “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” which had been ruled obscene.
Books News: A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas, just got TV. Now it’s home to ambitious young authors who are telling their country’s stories for the first time, usually in English.
‘This Story Transcends Race’: Kevin Kwan on the Appeal of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ The author of the novel, from which the movie was adapted, talks about how the film is opening new doors for its cast and why it’s making white men cry.

New York Times Sunday book review

Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
Nonfiction: What Role Do Teachers Play in Education? Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
Crime: From a Marsh to a Mountain, Crime Fiction Heads Outdoors Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.
Nonfiction: An American in Japan, Leading a Zen Koan of a Life Tracy Franz’s “My Year of Dirt and Water” considers the paradoxical experience of being married to a Buddhist monk, cloistered in a Japanese temple.
Nonfiction: A Critic Who Worships Literature, and Defends His Faith Accordingly In his passionate new essay collection, “American Audacity,” William Giraldi fiercely emphasizes the cultural importance of high literary standards.
The Book Review: Rethinking the ‘Tangled Tree’ of Life “We are composites of various creatures,” David Quammen says. “We are mosaics.”
Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Nonfiction: A Writer’s Trip Into the Amazon Reveals Brazil and Himself Chris Feliciano Arnold’s “The Third Bank of the River” is a reported and personal look at the problems plaguing the Amazon and its people.
Fiction: Two New Novels Expose the Fracturing of the American Nuclear Family, From Midcentury to Today Cherise Wolas’s “The Family Tabor” and Rick Gekoski’s “A Long Island Story” both witness the unraveling of prominent Jewish families.
Nonfiction: On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq C.J. Chivers’s “The Fighters” provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East.
The Shortlist: Eats of Eden Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”
Essay: The Virtues of Shelf-lessness Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.
Nonfiction: Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality In “Winners Take All,” Anand Giridharadas explores a global elite that bemoans the state of the world while refusing to seek real, structural change.
Books News: A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas, just got TV. Now it’s home to ambitious young authors who are telling their country’s stories for the first time, usually in English.
Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Graphic Tribute to a Classic Work of Paleontological Literature The children’s book author and illustrator David Nytra draws a review of William E. Scheele’s “Prehistoric Animals.”
Children’s Books: Charming, Plucky Picture Books That Ease Back-to-Class Jitters The very best kids’ books — like these — help the under-10 set work through their fears.
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