Words of wisdom or wishful thinking? The problem with new books that aim to heal us.

(Viking; Everyman's Library; Storey)
(Viking; Everyman's Library; Storey)
Sure, books like “The Hill We Climb,” “Poems of Healing” and “How to Heal the World” mean well, but recovery on command is tricky.
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Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel ‘Whereabouts’ is a delicate exploration of despair

In her new novel, the author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” charts the inner life of a lonely woman living in Europe

Nancy Pelosi: A study in power

Susan Page’s biography eschews intimate insights to show the speaker as a historic force.
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Katherine Heiny’s ‘Early Morning Riser’ may be the funniest novel of the year

Heiny’s comedy isn’t broad, but she has a knack for pointing out life’s absurdities.

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner is fighting for joy through grief

With the memoir “Crying in H Mart,” Michelle Zauner paints a fuller picture of the grief she has explored as the musical act Japanese Breakfast.
  • Perspective

As a kid, I loved Judy Blume’s books. As an adult, I wonder: How do they read today?

Blume’s novels educated — and entertained — generations of readers. In today’s culture, it’s more complicated.
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Five great new mysteries and thrillers to look forward to this spring

Find intrigue, suspense — and an escape! — in new books by Linwood Barclay, Nancy Tucker, M.L. Longworth and more.
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Raised in a cult, Lauren Hough’s salvation was the discovery of her own inimitable voice

Hough’s debut essay collection, “Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing,” includes her viral story about being “a cable guy.”
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An earnest young correspondent in Cold War Moscow

Marvin Kalb offers an insider’s view of a crucial moment for journalism and diplomacy.
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Seeing a threat to democracy in a conservative Supreme Court

Ian Millhiser argues that the court’s majority is skewing the law to benefit the GOP.
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The art of the photograph; the photograph as art

Critic Andy Grundberg explains how contemporary artists came to embrace the medium.
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