Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list

Darling Wendy

A breathless biography of Wendy Wasserstein hints at the tensions in the playwright’s life but, like its subject, fails to confront them

Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka


Chic Radical

A new biography is overly impressed by Leonard Bernstein’s liberal politics

Betraying Spinoza

The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity


Emma Lazarus

Barney Ross

A powerful storyteller brings to life one of the most colorful boxers of the 20th century. Paperback release party August 8.

Marc Chagall

Benjamin Disraeli

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