Our picks for fiction, history, children’s books—and more.
Looking back at the restless life of a ‘journeyman chef’ turned global star, in four new books.
A journey from a sacred Mongolian source down a river that is also a fault line of history.
‘Noble Ambitions’ and ‘The Story of the English Country House.’
When Hugo Vickers was invited to write photographer Cecil Beaton’s biography, it was a ticket to a strange new world.
Four stories of imperial plans and disastrous outcomes as British force met resistance in Egypt and elsewhere.
An astronaut follows her conscience in a near-future orbital thriller.
The emperors who ruled Rome endure in an afterlife of monuments, coins and even toga parties.
Joe Posnanski’s ultimate player ranking is a sure way to start arguments.
Plus Val McDermid’s ‘1979’ and Ann Cleeves’s ‘The Heron’s Cry.’
Plus “The Beatryce Prophecy,” “Kaleidoscope,” “Daughter of the Deep,” “Once Upon a Camel” and more.
Susan Orlean follows oxen in Cuba, donkeys in Morocco and a killer whale whose fate takes an unlikely, movie-driven turn.
A long-awaited novel from the author of ‘The Healing.’
Steven Pinker argues that by cultivating humility we can help fact conquer myth.
Amor Towles takes his characters for a ride through mid-20th century America.
He was viewed as the greatest symphonist since Brahms, but at a certain point—mysteriously—no new works appeared.
In Sofi Oksanen’s psychological thriller, a young woman’s body is part of a trade that crosses borders.
A tour through popular music with just one criterion: excitement.
Celebrating a vanishing way of life in the northernmost part of the nation.
Selected by Nathaniel Philbrick, the author, most recently, of ‘Travels With George.’