Adam Haslett's new novel immerses readers in a life in which music is both food for -- and relief from -- a punishing affliction. Review by Melissa H. Pierson.
Asking for It
Amy Benfer says Louise O'Neill's novel -- in which a young woman's sexual assault is followed by an even more catastrophic attack on her character -- should be "required reading" for teens.
Terror and Fantasy
Five years ago this week, Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbotabad, Pakistan.
A READING LIFE
The Sport of Kings
C.E. Morgan's epic of a Kentucky horseracing clan traces the legacy of slavery and violence across generations -- and exults in the power of language. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The Lonely City
Why are the most teeming places on earth also among the most isolating? And why does feeling alone in the crowd turn out to be so great for art? Rachel Syme follows Olivia Laing's journey to...
Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean
The author talks about how she set out to write a story of a family -- and discovered she'd created a novel about our obsession with money and inheritance.
Welcome to the Working Week
This week in 1926, the forty-hour work week was born. Can it survive?
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
A legendary journalist pries into the stories behind the story. Review by Peter Lewis.
In Shawn Vestal's debut novel, a young woman's escape route from a life she didn't choose intersects with a 1970s folk hero. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS
Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance
In the era before "science fiction" and "fantasy" diverged, writers from H.G. Wells to Olaf Stapledon charted new worlds over the horizon and under the surface. By Michael Dirda.