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Magical Mystery War

On the Scent

Tracking down the essential oils that become perfumes took one fragrance aficionado to far-flung places, from Bulgarian rose fields to Somalian mountains

High Life, Low Life

In his new book, the photographer Dafydd Jones captures a bygone New York, an era of new and old money, La Grenouille and Le Cirque

Mandatory Reporting

Russia, China, and Us

Playing Hardball

Separating the man from the myth of Pete Rose, one of baseball’s most fabled—and controversial—stars

French Dispatch

Writing to Survive

Murder, They Wrote

The settings for this month’s best mystery books range from the Las Vegas underworld to cosseted suburban London

Renaissance Women

A new book spotlights four forgotten female writers who were contemporaries of Shakespeare’s but cut out of history

Radio Control

Lost and Found

From the Metropol Hotel to Hollywood

In an interview, Amor Towles discusses adapting A Gentleman in Moscow for the screen and the inspiration behind his newest book, Table for Two

Love and Let Die

A Publisher of One’s Own

For 25 years, Persephone Books has been turning the works of forgotten female writers into unexpected best-sellers

Around the World with Steve McCurry

Refugee camps in Pakistan, civil wars in Cambodia, religious ceremonies in India … A new book collects more than 100 images by the American photojournalist

Behind Enemy Lines

Finding Gaudí

How the playful details of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture turned one critic into an admirer

All That Is Solid Melts into Theory

How did a once obscure academic notion called “gender identity” triumph over material reality? Credit—or blame—Judith Butler

The Refugee’s Storyteller

Spring Breakers

A new book of photographs evokes the sun-and-booze-soaked days of British holidayers in southern Spain during the 60s and beyond

A Touch of Smut

Wayne Koestenbaum has been writing seriously salacious poetry for decades. A new collection about New York and its denizens gets down and dirty

Reaching for the Starman

How a stylist went from cutting David Bowie’s mother’s hair to joining the rockstar’s rollicking Ziggy Stardust tour

Murder, They Wrote

Revenge—served hot, cold, and everywhere in between—dominates this month’s new mystery books