What to read this fall


Anthony Doerr’s first novel since “All the Light We Can’t See”. Comment from Maureen Corrigan

Robert E. Lee Review: A Man of Marble, But No Pedestal

A historian returns to the reputation and moral guilt of the Confederate general. Fergus M. Bordewich live review

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Anthony Bourdain: Feast of memory

Four books look back on the hectic life of a “companion chef” who became a world star. Rien Fertel’s review

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Journal “Empire and Jihad”: North African collision

Four stories of imperial plans and disastrous results as British force met resistance in Egypt and elsewhere. Review by Maxwell Carter

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Review “Why religion is good for American democracy”: the rebirth of the big tent

A sociologist argues that the range of American religious traditions is a marker of civic health. Comment from Barton Swaim

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‘On Animals’ review: Beastly Bounty

Susan Orlean follows oxen in Cuba, donkeys in Morocco and a killer whale whose fate takes an improbable, cinematic turn. Jeremy McCarter live review

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‘The Baseball 100’ Review: Final Score

Joe Posnanski’s ultimate player rankings are a sure-fire way to make arguments. Reviewed by Leigh Montville

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Two books on the English country house

Formerly the domain of kings and dukes, the English country house must have found more modest uses in modern times. Comment from Moira Hodgson

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‘The Amur River’ review: Where empires divide and rivalries begin

A journey from a sacred Mongolian spring along a river which is also a gap in history. Review by Tunku Varadarajan

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Examination of “rationality”: let’s be reasonable

Steven Pinker argues that by cultivating humility we can help the facts defeat the myth. Review by Andrew Stark

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“A Thousand Trails Home” review: Caribou culture

Celebrate an endangered way of life in the northernmost part of the country. Richard Adams Carey live review

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Major Labels review: hits keep coming

A journey through popular music with only one criterion: excitement. David Kirby live review

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Review of ‘Jean Sibelius’: a first final

He was considered the greatest symphonist since Brahms, but at some point – mysteriously – no new works appeared. Review by Tim Page

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Review of “Malice in Wonderland”: Orbiting the Planet Cecil

When Hugo Vickers was asked to write the biography of photographer Cecil Beaton, it was a ticket to a strange new world. Dominic Green’s review

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“The Lincoln Highway” review: unlikely trip

Amor Towles takes his characters on a tour of mid-20th century America. Comment from Joanne Kaufman

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Fiction: The review of “Palmares” by Gayl Jones

A highly anticipated novel from the author of “The Healing”. Review by Sam Sacks

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Mysteries: the review “April in Spain” by John Banville

Plus “1979” by Val McDermid and “The Heron’s Cry” by Ann Cleeves. Tom Nolan live review

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Review of “Dog Park”: its eggs, another’s nest

In Sofi Oksanen’s psychological thriller, the body of a young woman is part of a trade that crosses borders. Comment from Liesl Schillinger

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Science-fiction: the critique of “Holdout” by Jeffrey Kluger

An astronaut follows his consciousness in a near-future orbital thriller. Review by Tom Shippey

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Children’s books: the review of “Pony” by RJ Palacio

Plus “The Beatryce Prophecy”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Daughter of the Deep”, “It Fell From the Sky” and others. Meghan Cox Gurdon live review

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Best Five: Books on Travel to America

Selected by Nathaniel Philbrick, the most recent author of “Travels With George”.

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