10 Books on Abortion to Understand the Karaca and Wade Argument

Supreme Court, Roe v. As we reassess Wade months shy of his 50th anniversary and possibly prepare to topple him, according to a leaked opinion draft, it’s worth considering how the resolution establishing the constitutional right to abortion has divided our country. Conflict was not inevitable. If abortion is burdened with universal points of contention—religion …

Looking Inside and Back at the History Books Biennial

VENICE — It begins in the eyes: shy or seductive, open or closed, the watery borders between mind and world. German surrealist has students Unica ZürnConsistent from dense, automatic black wavy lines. Ulla Wiggen’s giant irises, each unique as a fingerprint and capable of unlocking a credit card or blocking a border, painted up close …

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

LEGACY OF VIOLENCE: British Empire History, By Caroline Elkins. (Knopf, $37.50.) Harvard professor Elkins, who won a Pulitzer for his history of British atrocities in colonial Kenya in 2005, “Imperial Reckoning,” here expands its canvas to describe the colossal degree of violence required to sustain the British Empire and challenges questionable allegations against it. The …

What Books Does Adriana Trigiani Keep On Her Shelves And By Her Bed?

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves? I have all the books by Edna Ferber: “So Big”, “Giant” and others. A few are signed in his gorgeous handwriting style. Don’t start handwriting me! His autobiographies, “A Strange Treasure” and “A Kind of Magic” were not bestsellers, but they should have been. …

‘All-Knowing But Impotent’: 4 Books About Loving Ghosts

In Chantal V. Johnson’s emotionally complex first play, AFTER TRAUMA (312 p., Little, Brown, $28), Vivian, the 30-year-old daughter of a Black father and Puerto Rican mother, works as a state-appointed attorney for minors in a public psychiatric ward in New York. A survivor of sexual abuse as a child, Vivian has a deep empathy …

Lost and Found, in Translation: 3 Picture Books on Language Return

meaninglessby Young Vo LULI AND TEA LANGUAGEby Andrea WangIllustrated by Hyewon Yum IT IS FOR BEEAn Alphabet Book in Translationby Ellen Heck It’s easy to appreciate a love of reading at an early age when people ask what led me to start writing dictionaries. But that love was made by growing up in a multilingual …