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Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In ‘Uncommon Type’

Tom Hanks’ well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles. (Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR) ...

Condoleezza Rice on the 10 Days Still Shaking the World

On the centenary of the October Revolution, the former secretary of state writes about the books that best help us understand Russia. ...

‘Riot Days’: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, tells her story in her prison memoir. ...

The Life of Oriana Fallaci, Guerrilla Journalist

Fallaci, whose interviews got the better of famous figures from Henry Kissinger to Muammar el-Qaddafi, is the subject of a new biography. ...

A Stunning Middle-Grade Debut Novel about Grief and Growing Up

The young protagonist of David Barclay Moore’s “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” harnesses the power of community — and Legos — to rebuild his ravaged world. ...

In Orhan Pamuk’s New Novel, a Youthful Obsession Yields a Haunted Life

In “The Red-Haired Woman,” Pamuk traces the disastrous effects of a Turkish teenager’s brief encounter with a married actress. ...

Martin Amis on Lenin’s Deadly Revolution

The Russian Revolution was imposed from above, but its tragedy was experienced from below. Amis provides a reading list for the decades that followed. ...

‘Skinful Of Shadows’ Delights Without Reservation

Frances Hardinge’s captivating tale follows a girl during the English Civil War who discovers she has the power to invite ghosts into herself — a power that puts her in danger, but can also save her. (Image credit: Amulet Books) ...

‘Lady Killers:’ Cherchez La Femme Fatale

An FBI investigator once famously said “There are no female serial killers,” but Tori Telfer sets out to prove him wrong with this gruesome new account of multiply-murderous women throughout history. (Image credit: Harper Perennial) ...

For October: 3 Romance Heroes Who Bare It All

Take the Lead, by Alexis Daria There’s one thing romance heroes have in common — whether a duke, a workaholic billionaire or reality TV hunk: They look really good with their shirts off. Here are three of our favorites this month. (Image credit: ) ...

A Lamentation for a Life Cut Short

In “Cuz,” Danielle Allen remembers a cousin who went to prison as a teenager and spent almost his entire adult life behind bars. ...

The Latest, Troubling Chapter in Feminist Dystopian Fiction

“Gather the Daughters,” a debut novel by Jennie Melamed, imagines a world of repression and submission. ...

An Author and a Zoologist Team Up to Rescue the World’s Endangered Species from Extinction

Sonny Liew creates an illustrated homage to Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, the authors and conservationists who set out to reverse the dire effects of climate change on the earth’s wildlife. ...

The Ghost That Haunts Grant’s Memoirs

T.J. Stiles discusses a new, completely annotated edition of Grant’s memoirs, edited by John F. Marszalek, with David S. Nolen and Louie Gallo. ...

President Clinton Looks Back at President Grant

Ron Chernow’s “Grant” gives us a Ulysses S. Grant for our times. ...

Riding Shotgun on Martha Gellhorn’s Brave and Comic Adventures

In “Travels With Myself and Another,” first published in 1978, Gellhorn recounted her “horror journeys,” some of them taken with Ernest Hemingway by her side. ...

With ‘Voices In The Dark,’ An Artist Missteps

Comic artist Ulli Lust’s unique, surreal style proves a bad match for this adaptation of a historical novel about the children of Joseph Goebbels and their last days in Adolf Hitler’s bunker. (Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR) ...

Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story

In his debut collection, “Fresh Complaint,” Eugenides explores variations on the theme of failure: marital, creative and financial. ...

Electrifying ‘Power’ Flips The Gender Script To Unsettling Effect

The Power By Naomi Alderman. For most of recorded history, men have held power over women. Naomi Alderman’s new novel imagines a world where women suddenly have power — actual electrical power — to oppress, hurt and kill men. (Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR) ...

‘The Apparitionists’ Raises The Specters That Haunted America

The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau. Peter Manseau skillfully weaves together spirituality, technology and the legacy of the Civil War to tell the story of a “spirit photographer” on trial for claiming he could take pictures of ghosts. (Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR) ...