By Jane Leavy. (Harper Perennial, $18.99.) This detail-packed biography of the baseball legend recounts his eventful life and tracks the machinations behind his rise to an unprecedented kind of celebrity in the United States. Times reviewer John Swansburg said Leavy “captures Ruth’s outsize … Read More ⇒

Anniversaries can be distinctly bittersweet occasions, and even the most lavish family gathering or corporate spectacle never wholly dissipates a certain melancholy: Where have the years gone? How did I get so old? Is this all there is? Read More ⇒

The first time I went to London, I asked a friend who lived there for bookstore recommendations. “Well,” he said with a pause, “that depends. What kind?” I was too embarrassed to admit I didn’t realize I had to specify. But given that I was in the center of the English-speaking literary worl… Read More ⇒

By Rebecca Traister. (Simon & Schuster, $17.) Traister spotlights the role of anger in female political activism, contending that women’s organized, patriotic fury about being denied basic rights often gets underplayed in public discussions. Times reviewer Elaine Blair called the book “r… Read More ⇒

Go ahead and clutch that pumpkin spice latte in one hand, but leave the other free for a book. This fall brings new titles from literary heavy-hitters, plus long-awaited sequels and spooky reads to get you in the mood for Halloween. Here are some to look forward to this season. Read More ⇒

By Carol Anderson. (Bloomsbury, $18.) Offering a history of disenfranchisement of African Americans and an analysis of how laws passed by Republican governors and legislators blocked minority voters in the 2016 election, Anderson argues that democracy is at stake. The Times’ Jennifer Szalai … Read More ⇒

As a journalist covering the spy beat, I’ve read my share of CIA memoirs and interviewed my share of CIA officers. But until I read advance, uncorrected proofs of “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA” by Amaryllis Fox, I had never come across such granular detail about how they do thei… Read More ⇒

By Eric R. Kandel. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.) Bridging science and the humanities, Kandel, a Nobel laureate in medicine, offers a refreshingly holistic look at mental illness. Times reviewer Alan Jasanoff praised its blend of historical context, first-person accounts and description… Read More ⇒

By Nick Pyenson. (Penguin, $17.) This natural history of whales and their 50-million-year evolution also offers a vivid inside look at scientific passion in action. Pyenson, a curator of marine mammal fossils at the Smithsonian, conveys the thrill of the chase whether he’s hunting whale foss… Read More ⇒

By Megan Abbott. (Back Bay, $16.99.) Two scientists, high school friends who have become nemeses but work in the same lab, face off in this thriller. The twisty plot turns on the dark impulses lurking in female bonds and the lethal stress of a dysfunctional workplace. Times reviewer Ruth War… Read More ⇒