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Murder, They Wrote

This month’s best mystery books range from a thriller spelling out the origins of Fascism in England to a literary whodunit reminiscent of The Thursday Murder Club

Honor Levy

With My First Book, the very online It Girl is defining Gen Z fiction

The Fame Game

Station Havens

A new book offers a dazzling tour of 20th- and 21st-century railway architecture, from Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof to Chengdu’s Line 9

Life and Death

There Will Be Bloods

How the pioneering American dynasty both witnessed and shaped the creation of the United States

The Secret Life of Jimmy Nelson

A new book collects the former advertising executive turned intrepid photographer’s shots of Indigenous peoples from Siberia to Nepal to Kenya

Who’s Afraid of the Internet Novel?

The latest wave of fictions attempting to capture life online is more damaged and dissociative than ever before

The Wife That History Forgot

A new discovery sheds fresh light on Alice Hathaway Lee, Theodore Roosevelt’s first love, who was largely written off as inconsequential in the president’s life

Fifty Shades of Romantasy

How a genre fusing romance and fantasy—replete with kinky elves—took over best-seller lists and women’s nightstands everywhere

The Fall of the House of Astor (Revisited)

A posthumous memoir from the son of New York society’s departed queen offers a self-serving perspective on an infamous scandal

Fact and Fiction

Warning Signs

Publicly, Winthrop Bell was known as a standout Harvard professor. Secretly, the British spy was the first to raise the alarm about World War II

Director’s Cut

In the 1970s, Stanley Kubrick fought to block the publication of The Magic Eye, a book lightly critical of his films. Now, it’s finally getting published

Photography’s Années Folles

George Hoyningen-Huene’s portraits of everyone from Josephine Baker to Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, and Frank Capra—collected in a new book—evoke the style and glamour of the 20th century

Mommie May I?

Cass Elliot Dreamin’

Editor’s Picks

This week, don’t miss Frank Bruni’s study of grievance, a humorist’s investigation into subtle distinctions, and a biography of Harry Truman

Cool-Head Larry

In an interview, Larry David covers all things baldness—transplants, Russian leaders, beards—and reveals the one thing he enjoys about having no hair

Arts and Drafts

Five years after leaving New York magazine, Adam Moss discusses the state of media today, how he fills his days, and his new book about art

From Anthem to Elegy

Six gifted young poets signed up to fight in World War I. In their disillusionment, Michael Korda sees a cautionary tale for our time

Rushdie’s Triumph

Breeds Apart

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