A Southern Bookstore Serving Up a Little Bit of Everything

For bibliophiles with plenty of time to browse, Richmond’s Chop Suey Books offers a feast of “gently used” books packed into its two-floor store. By J. D. Biersdorfer RICHMOND, Va. — “The joke was that when we opened up, we had three Civil War books,” said Ward Tefft, owner of Chop Suey Books, “But we’re in Richmond […]

In ‘Spring,’ Ali Smith’s Series Takes Its Most Political Turn

By Dwight Garner “How’re you doing,” a character asks in “Spring,” Ali Smith’s new novel, “apart from the end of liberal capitalist democracy?” “Spring” is the third novel in a projected seasonal cycle that began with “Autumn” in 2017 and continued last year with “Winter.” This is the most political book thus far in this earthy and humane series. Its […]

The True-Crime Story That Harper Lee Tried and Failed to Write

By Michael Lewis FURIOUS HOURSMurder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper LeeBy Casey Cep Harper Lee was funny and profane and hard-drinking and seemingly uninterested in the role she created for herself: the famous writer who refused to write. She’d been 34 years old when she published “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It had sold several […]

Four Design Books to Spruce Up Your Home

By Eve M. Kahn The Italian designers Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi, who partnered in a Modena practice from the 1960s until the ‘80s, spent their spare time obsessively sketching trees in all seasons for editions of “The Architecture of Trees” (Princeton Architectural Press, $125, 424 pp.). The book is newly available in English, and expanded […]

Gabriel García Márquez, Journalist? A Book Revives the Novelist’s First Calling

By Dwight Garner Gabriel García Márquez, “Gabo” to his friends, lived for journalism. He wrote for newspapers and magazines his entire life, and he founded six publications himself. He once said, against the wisdom of the ages, “I do not want to be remembered for ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ nor for the Nobel Prize, but […]