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‘Welcome to the New World,’ by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan: An Excerpt

A new graphic novel expands on the Pulitzer-winning series about the challenges a family of Syrian refugees faced in America.

Book Review: ‘Jack,’ by Marilynne Robinson

The fourth novel in Robinson’s series about the residents of Gilead, Iowa, features a fraught love during the Jim Crow era.

8 Picture Books About Ordinary Kids’ Everyday Activism

From making soup to creating a butterfly garden, everyone can do something.

Best Sellers Sell the Best Because They’re Best Sellers

Publishing is becoming a winner-take-all game. Nobody dominates it like Madeline McIntosh and Penguin Random House.

Young Adult Dystopian Fiction That Feels Pretty Real

These four thrillers may be gussied up with future settings, but the problems they confront are rooted in today’s world.

Stephen F. Cohen, Influential Historian of Russia, Dies at 81

He chronicled Stalin’s tyrannies and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and he was an enthusiastic admirer of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Winston Groom, Author of ‘Forrest Gump,’ Dies at 77

He wrote the 1986 novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks. Another book was a finalist for a Pulitzer.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

Ayad Akhtar on Truth and Fiction

Akhtar discusses “Homeland Elegies” and Marc Lacey talks about “Cry Havoc,” by Michael Signer, and “The Violence Inside Us,” by Chris Murphy.

National Book Awards Names 2020 Nominees

Fiction contenders include Brit Bennett, the author of “The Vanishing Half”; Randall Kenan, a beloved writer who died in August; and Douglas Stuart, a debut novelist who is also a Booker Prize finalist.

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