17 New Books to Watch For in October

Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork, by Reeves Wiedeman (Little, Brown, Oct. 20) After it was founded in 2010, WeWork seemed poised…

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Life in an America Where Some Are Only ‘Conditional Citizens’

CONDITIONAL CITIZENS On Belonging in AmericaBy Laila Lalami Laila Lalami begins “Conditional Citizens” with the promise of U.S. citizenship: On a steamy day in 2000, she goes to the Pomona…

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New & Noteworthy Poetry, From the Ancient Greeks to Billy Collins

Recent poetry releases: ON THE WAY OUT, TURN OFF THE LIGHT: Poems, by Marge Piercy. (Knopf, $28.) Piercy’s 20th poetry collection feels like a memoiristic summing up, with reflections on…

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‘Conditional Citizens,’ by Laila Lalami: An Excerpt

Twice, I had come face-to-face with the state, in the person of the border agent, and discovered that it held a specific bias about me as a citizen. The two…

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8 Picture Books About Ordinary Kids’ Everyday Activism

111 TREES: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl Written by Rina Singh. Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer. Girls are one with nature in the illustrations for this inspiring…

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Best Sellers Sell the Best Because They’re Best Sellers

Because of its enormous publishing program, with more than 300 imprints globally and a backlist going back nearly a century, the publisher leads the literary world on seemingly every axis,…

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