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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

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

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

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

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

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

Vive Maigret! The complete adventures of Georges Simenon’s beloved inspector are now available in one stylish set