Medgar & Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story that Awakened America

An appealing look at the civil-rights icons’ private lives.

Alphabetical Diaries

By Sheila Heti

Alphabetical Diaries

These inwardly focused ruminations are alternately solipsistic and sublime.

The Washington Book: How to Read Politics and Politicians

A witty, mostly winning compilation of the columnist’s previous work.

Brotherhood of the Flying Coffin

Meet the gutsy aviators who drifted silently into battle.

The Killing Ground: A Biography of Thermopylae

By Myke Cole and Michael Livingston

The Killing Ground: A Biography of Thermopylae

A fascinating history of the storied Greek battlefield.

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History

An expansive, important new look at the Shoah.

Strong Passions: A Scandalous Divorce in Old New York

An excessively detailed, not-so-titillating tale of 19th-century Manhattan.

A Forest Journey

By John Perlin

A Forest Journey

A promising expedition stops disappointingly short.