Books

Writers Speak wraps up, while Schultz and Schulman hit Canio's

By Bruce Buschel
Rocky Graziano and Tony Zale fought the fiercest trilogy of title bouts of the 20th century, matching an ex-con from the slums against an upstanding Midwesterner.

By Thayer Cory

A thorough and thoroughly engrossing guide to the 17th-century twists and turns that established the reigning British family’s unbroken line over the last 300-plus years.
Read in our often bewildering #MeToo world, Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion” is an almost prophetic tale of gender and power, shaped by a sustained inquiry into relationships.
Chris Knopf’s latest mystery involves the clubbing death of a deep-undercover intelligence operative, black-jumpsuited ninja types, and the fine cabinetry and company of one Sam Acquillo.

Reading Martin Amis’s new nonfiction collection, “The Rub of Time,” you almost wish he wasn’t so proficient a fiction writer, and a world-class one at that. Success has thinned Mr. Amis’s need for grunt work.
Alafair Burke’s “The Wife” asks a worrying question: If you suffer through a traumatic event, do you recover? Or do you just think you have recovered?
A.J. Jacobs confirms the beguiling promise of ancestry-hunting: to construct a narrative for yourself that is more interesting than the one you’ve got.
How do you figure out what comes next after what gave your life meaning is gone?

Philip Schultz’s new collection of poems, though steeped in loss, may well provide you with all you need to rise above pain and despondency.

If there is a barometer for pints of blood loss in books on crime, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky has chosen a wide range of felonious activity — horrifying to mundane. The mercury level is in the middle.