The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance

Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck, investigative reporters for The Wall Street Journal, approach the topic differently in “Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power.” For a…

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Coffee Time for Zora and Fannie, Before the Harlem Renaissance

On May 1, 1925, the National Urban League bankrolled an awards dinner in a Manhattan restaurant to honor Black writers, poets and playwrights. A newcomer to the city, Zora Neale…

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New in Paperback: ‘Ninth House’ and ‘Birth of a Dream Weaver’

L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Mysterious Death of the “Female Byron,” by Lucasta Miller. (Anchor, 432 pp., $20.) ”Is the ingénue a good writer, or is she just a good…

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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

THE WEIRDEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, by Joseph Henrich. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $35.) Henrich combines evidence from his own lab…

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Book Review: ‘Counting,’ by Deborah Stone

COUNTINGHow We Use Numbers to Decide What MattersBy Deborah Stone The title of “Counting” contains some revealing wordplay: To count is to tally things up but, also, to count is…

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‘Plain Bad Heroines’ Is a New Kind of Lesbian Fiction

“Plain Bad Heroines” opens by quoting “The Story of Mary MacLane”: “I wish someone would write a book about a plain, bad heroine,” MacLane wrote, “so that I might feel…

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