• How Shall I Know You?

    How Shall I Know You?

    By HILARY MANTEL

    In this excerpt from Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories, a writer greets the day and wonders what will come next.

  • Life Deluxe

    Life Deluxe

    By JENS LAPIDUS; Translated from the Swedish by ASTRI VON ARBIN AHLANDER

    Why this conclusion to a Stockholm-set trilogy is one of the best crime novels in recent memory. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

  • The Copernicus Complex

    The Copernicus Complex

    By CALEB SCHARF

    How unique is Earth within our universe, and do we dare learn the answer? Review by Peter Lewis.

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INTERVIEWS

Charles Burns

Charles Burns

The author of Sugar Skull doesn’t believe in multiverses: “I have trouble enough navigating the reality I find myself in.”

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Stephanie Feldman: Bravery Verging on Recklessness

Stephanie Feldman: Bravery Verging on Recklessness

Talking wizards, messiahs, rabbis and babies with the author of the Discover Great New Writers selection The Angel of Losses.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

The author of the Skink novels goes fly-fishing to relax, and sets his books in Florida because it’s “a 24-hour freak show.”

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile

By SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA

A Rwandan boarding school is home to the nation’s best and brightest young women — and their fears for their country’s future.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Being Supreme

Being Supreme

This week in history: America’s highest court debuts, and its first female judge takes her seat.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Moor’s Account

The Moor’s Account

By LAILA LALAMI

Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527. Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

The White Van

The White Van

By PATRICK HOFFMAN

A woman finds her courage on the run from vengeful gangsters and a heist gone awry.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

HUMOR

What I Want My Children to Be When They Grow Up

What I Want My Children to Be When They Grow Up

“I want something more for my kids. I want them to grow up to be closely held corporations.”

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

With Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the story of a woman’s life finds epic dimension in an interior landscape.

Posted by × September 22, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Thirteen Days in September

Thirteen Days in September

By LAWRENCE WRIGHT

How the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt happened — against the odds.

Posted by × September 17, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Dog

The Dog

By JOSEPH O'NEILL

If you’re a servant of the unspeakably wealthy, are you responsible for what you help them do?

Posted by × September 17, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

One of Spain’s most acclaimed novelists traces his development in both fiction and memoir.

Posted by × September 17, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Ted Rall

Ted Rall

Trips to Tibet, North Korea, Palestine, and Afghanistan with the acclaimed writer-cartoonist.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

HUMOR

Monkey Did

Monkey Did

“[Wikipedia] has rejected a photographer’s request to remove a set of photos of a crested black macaque because the photos were taken by the monkey.”

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

An Audacious Proposition

An Audacious Proposition

This week in history: Magellan and the Mayflower set sail, inspiring stories of courage, exotica, and flying cows.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×