Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind

“Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, and “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis’s environmental history, each explore the terrain of an unmoored state.

Christina Vella, Author of Sizzling Works of Narrative History, Dies at 75

The writer recounted the story of the Baroness de Pontalba, a New Orleans-born heiress shot by her French father-in-law in a dowry dispute.

Books of The Times: A Haunting Debut Looks Ahead to a Second American Civil War

The details of “American War,” Omar El Akkad’s dystopian novel about an unraveling United States, makes his fictional future feel alarmingly real.

A Journey Into the Merriam-Webster Word Factory

Kory Stamper reveals the secret life of dictionaries in her book “Word by Word,” and in a visit to headquarters (oddities in the basement included).

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Judith Matloff on Why Mountains Attract War

The veteran war correspondent discusses her new look at why so much of the world’s conflict takes place in mountainous regions.

Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87

Mr. Walcott’s intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds.

Books of The Times: Beautiful Poems About a House of Horrors

Molly McCully Brown’s first book of poems, about a government-run hospital, is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread.

Jane Kamensky Wins Historical Society Book Prize

“A Revolution in Color” looks at the American Revolution through the patriotic portraits of John Singleton Copley, a British loyalist.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Her death came 10 days after a “Modern Love” column in The Times about her illness titled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

Crown to Publish Books by Barack and Michelle Obama

The Penguin Random House imprint announced the books will be in the United States and Canada, but the size of the Obamas’ advance is still unknown.

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