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Staff Picks This week, don’t miss a collection of letters by writers from Beckett to Vonnegut; a history of the 13th Tour de France; and a guide to the world’s most peculiar foods

November 3, 2021

Taxi Driving An illustrated history of the New York taxicab recalls the glory days of early motorized cars and spacious Checkers

Exposing Her Weiner Huma Abedin claims she had never heard of sex addiction until her husband’s sexting scandal broke

The Lap of Luxury A new memoir reveals the late Karl Lagerfeld in all of his complexity

Jerusalem Syndrome The Christian obsession with the holy city has played a key role in creating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and remains a stumbling block to its resolution

Flipping the Godfather Script Mario Puzo was an avid gambler, novelist, and pizza eater. But there was one department where he could use some help: screenwriting

Staff Picks This week, don’t miss a history of Christians in the Middle East; the Howard brothers’ tell-all; and a memoir from the man who edited Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton

October 28, 2021

Risky Business The notorious Jazz Age madam Polly Adler played hostess to every gangster, politician, and writer of the Roaring 20s—even, she once claimed, to F.D.R.

October 28, 2021

Pfizer v. Trump Inside Pfizer’s high-stakes coronavirus-vaccine trials and Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine them

October 28, 2021

Changing His Tune Noël Coward was many things—a playwright, an actor, a filmmaker. The editor of a new collection of his writings explores another one of his talents

October 28, 2021

When Trump Trumps Logic Books on Donald Trump’s narcissism, by Michael Wolff, and financial misdeeds, by David Cay Johnston, sound a familiar alarm. Will people listen?

Dior Dreaming Accompanying an exhibition on Christian Dior at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, an elegant volume spans the many iterations of the French fashion house

The Godfather of The Godfather How Mario Puzo turned his gambling addiction and fruitful imagination into the best Mob story of all time

Faulty-Hearts Club How Baby Fae, the 1980s infant who survived for several days with a baboon heart, paved the way for innovative new approaches to organ donation

October 20, 2021