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Dame Julie Andrews at the 76th Venice Film Festival in 2019 in Venice, Italy
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The Charming Candor of Julie Andrews’s New Memoir

In Home Work, the legendary actor comes to terms with an acting career she couldn’t always control.

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Thomas Edison’s Greatest Invention

It wasn’t the light bulb or the phonograph or the moving picture—or anything tangible. It was a way of thinking about technology.

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Chloe Cushman

Ways of Being

Three new books explore the variety of transgender experiences.

Debbie Harry Stares Back

The Blondie singer’s memoir, Face It, wryly recounts making the most of being ogled.

The Books Briefing: The Revolution Will Be Written About

“Show me what democracy looks like.” Your weekly guide to the best in books.

Deborah Levy’s Disorienting, Captivating Fiction

The British novelist’s wry books veer from concrete realism to fractured blends of dream and memory.

Sandra Boynton’s Captivating Universe

Her picture books have sold 75 million copies in the past four decades. What’s the secret to her far-reaching appeal?

The Comic That Explains Where Joker Went Wrong

Alan Moore’s classic 1988 story, Batman: The Killing Joke, was an inspiration for Todd Phillips’s grim new film—but not in the one way that really mattered.

The Books Briefing: Remembering Pain on the Page

“The art’s existence is beautiful. But it shouldn’t have to exist at all.” Your weekly guide to the best in books.

The Paradox at the Heart of Know My Name

Chanel Miller’s memoir, like the show Unbelievable, is a reminder of the painful alchemy that turns trauma into art.

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Tegan and Sara Rewrite the Queer Coming-of-Age Story

By revisiting their teen years, the rock duo’s new memoir, High School, and album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, dismantle cultural clichés about adolescence.

What Ta-Nehisi Coates Wants to Remember

The writer’s debut novel, The Water Dancer, is a fantastical love story that seeks to illuminate the forgotten emotional tolls of slavery. “This just wasn’t a physical horror. It broke families,” Coates told The Atlantic.

Neil Young’s Boring, Prophetic Message to Readers

The musician wrote his new book, To Feel the Music, the same way he makes records—according to a highly evolved aesthetic of half-assedness.

The Books Briefing: On Growing Old and Growing Up

Not the same old stories: Your weekly guide to the best in books

How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects.

Nature Writing That Sees Possibility in Climate Change

A pair of authors tries to maintain optimism about the world’s changing landscapes—but at what cost?

The Books Briefing: Where Books and TV Intersect

From the page to the screen, and back: your weekly guide to the best in books

How Brett Kavanaugh Got the Last Laugh

Far beyond the news it breaks, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is a grim reminder: Many Americans still doubt the seriousness of sexual-misconduct allegations.

The Books Briefing: Campus Life Is Full of Plot Twists

Please turn to the next page in your syllabus: your weekly guide to the best in books.