• Sweetland

    Sweetland

    By MICHAEL CRUMMEY

    As an island empties, one man holds out. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

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    Window Seat: Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

    The woman behind the breakout hit on how she builds suspense, Hitchcock’s influence, and why London’s railways have been a fixture of great mystery writing.

  • Against the Country

    Against the Country

    By BEN METCALF

    A wild portrait of an angry man brings vigorous laughs and a wry vision of the American heartland.

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THE SPECULATOR

Glow

Glow

By NED BEAUMAN

A story of high-tech club drugs is a triumph for today’s budding class of young British writers of science fiction.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Martini Shot

The Martini Shot

By GEORGE PELECANOS

One of crime fiction’s most trenchant writers captures the heat of our current moment while patrolling a new beat: Hollywood.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

MEDICINE

Before the Needle Pierced

Before the Needle Pierced

Insulin’s first treatment for diabetes brought aid to a deadly disease, and an age of pharmacy as industry.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

These Colors Also Ran

These Colors Also Ran

Shades of controversy.

Posted by × January 20, 2015 ×

FICTION

Outline

Outline

By RACHEL CUSK

Is there an essential self, or only the shifting space between others? Liesl Schillinger reviews the heady new novel from the author of Aftermath.

Posted by × January 20, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Where the Song Leaves You

Where the Song Leaves You

Rhiannon Giddens takes her turn and Common and John Legend rekindle glory: Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10.

Posted by × January 19, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Gateway to Freedom

Gateway to Freedom

By ERIC FONER

A history of the Underground Railroad tells moving stories of courage in riveting detail.

Posted by × January 16, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

By JOHN McQUAID

How your ancestors’ taste buds influence your own, and why climate change may prove highly unappetizing.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

A Pleasure and a Calling

A Pleasure and a Calling

By PHIL HOGAN

An English gentleman with the keys to every house in town narrates his own obsessive story of revenge.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

HISTORY

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

By HUBERT WOLF

The secret history of a 19th century Roman church: embezzlement, trysts, and murder.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

The author of “The Last American Vampire” on fear, historians, and what we don’t know about Hollywood.

Posted by × January 13, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

By MICHAEL MEWSHAW

A confidant recalls his complex rapport with one of the 20th century’s great contrarians.

Posted by × January 13, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

A Big Truck Going By

A Big Truck Going By

Five years ago today, a monstrous earthquake struck Haiti. But the relief effort that followed brought chaos of its own.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

By MIRANDA JULY

An unconventional film director’s first novel is a tale of unlikely allies finding their own unique approach to maternity.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

The Girl from Human Street

The Girl from Human Street

By ROGER COHEN

A journalist’s tribute to his mother serves as a personal history of Judaism and mental health in the 20th century.

Posted by × January 9, 2015 ×