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L.A. Confidential When it comes to Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s, Andee Nathanson was to photography what Eve Babitz was to literature, recording the exploding scene from within. A new book of her photographs illustrates that golden age

On Topics The millennial novelist Miranda Popkey has more to say about #MeToo than you can fit in a hashtag

Claire Tomalin Recommends four books spanning three centuries

Sex (Time) Machine A new history of sex reveals tales of Clarice Clatterbollocks, testicle thefts, and women keeping live fish in their knickers

This Town A new book of photographs chronicles the evolution of New York City’s downtown over a century, from Radio Row to a post-9/11 World Trade Center

Olivia Chantecaille Start them young: on the best children’s books for budding activists

Bad Romance The author of a new book on the Borgias’ infamous personal lives uncovers the facts behind the Italian family’s long-standing myths

Face Value A new book considers the fate of our most human aspects—the mystery of the brain, the expressiveness of the face—in our tech-bent future

Max Hastings On the best work of Sir Michael Howard, the British historian who dealt high intellect and common sense in equal measure

The North Korean Job The author of the first English-language book on Kim Jong Un explains the dotard-trolling dictator’s mysterious rise

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