• The Harder They Come

    The Harder They Come

    By T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

    A troubled young man heads off the grid in the California woods — but has he gone wild or gone mad? Review by Mark Athitakis.

  • Stopping Time

    Stopping Time

    In this month’s edition of his column, Greil Marcus stays in the moment – from a Baltimore club in 1951 to a Minneapolis stage with Sleater-Kinney.

  • Patti Smith Reads Jo Nesbo

    Patti Smith Reads Jo Nesbo

    The punk godmother reads an excerpt from her audiobook narration of Jo Nesbo’s forthcoming novel.

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INTERVIEW

Tracy K. Smith: No Secrets

Tracy K. Smith: No Secrets

The Pulitzer Prize winner on discovering books, calling out to her past and future, and finding a place of her own between science and faith in her lyrical new memoir. A conversation with Casey Rocheteau.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

By FATIMA BHUTTO

A novel of life in a Pakistan gripped by violence, from the daughter of one of its political dynasties.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero

By MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

A master of political intrigue crafts a thriller of extortion and revenge on Peru’s northern coast.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Will Harlan: Voices of the Wild

Will Harlan: Voices of the Wild

A Discover Great New Writers Award finalist on the “stories that reconnect us to the natural world.”

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Dear Sapphire Cross

Dear Sapphire Cross

Can I use the gym in my neighbor’s basement?

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

A Sucked Orange

A Sucked Orange

This week in history: the United States purchases “Russian America”, better known today as Alaska.

Posted by × March 31, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Lost Boys Symphony

The Lost Boys Symphony

By MARK ANDREW FERGUSON

In a winning tale of time travel and heartbreak, music proves the fruit of love – and obsession.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Suitcase City

Suitcase City

By STERLING WATSON

A sun-soaked detective story finds racially charged drama in the country clubs and cocktail bars of Tampa, Florida.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Bryce Andrews: Harsh Terrain

Bryce Andrews: Harsh Terrain

2014’s Discover Award Winner for Nonfiction on his favorite stories of engagement with the natural world.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

The Restart Button

The Restart Button

52 years ago this week, Jonas Salk cured polio. But the story – and backlash – didn’t end there.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Spring TV Preview

Spring TV Preview

“What do you get when you cross a talking elephant who loves pancakes with a grisly unsolved murder?”

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

The Lost Child

The Lost Child

By CARYL PHILLIPS

An exceptional new novel responds to Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” by imagining the rocky childhood of its Romantic antihero, Heathcliff. Review by Heller McAlpin.

Posted by × March 23, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

By HELEN MACDONALD

In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.

Posted by × March 20, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Door

The Door

By MAGDA SZABÓ: Translated by LEN RIX

A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×