This week in history: the United States purchases “Russian America”, better known today as Alaska.
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.
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.
The punk godmother reads an excerpt from her audiobook narration of Jo Nesbo’s forthcoming novel.
In a winning tale of time travel and heartbreak, music proves the fruit of love – and obsession.
A sun-soaked detective story finds racially charged drama in the country clubs and cocktail bars of Tampa, Florida.
2014’s Discover Award Winner for Nonfiction on his favorite stories of engagement with the natural world.
52 years ago this week, Jonas Salk cured polio. But the story – and backlash – didn’t end there.
“What do you get when you cross a talking elephant who loves pancakes with a grisly unsolved murder?”
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.
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.
In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.
A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.
A bird’s-eye view of drone strikes and their effect on the military: Peter Lewis reports on the booming industry of assault waged with the push of a button.
In a singular novel of war, a young Afghan soldier sounds off on his life as a moving target – and the love which guides him forward. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Two writers from the Discover Great New Writers program on their influences, the reactions they hope to produce, and the books that compelled them to create their own.
This week in history: MLK’s march from Selma begins, “under full if sometimes reluctant police and military protection.”
Julia Staab died in 1896. Why then do some believe that she still haunts her Santa Fe home? Review by Jessica Ferri.