This week in history: Jacques Cousteau’s masterpiece debuts, inspiring an ocean of explorers.
One witty Parisian’s compendium of lived-in knowledge, from bidets to frog’s legs.
The actor on the artists who’ve influenced his own camera work, now captured in his alluring new book.
The departed historian’s final works venture into the twenty-first century’s dawn, in search of the “collective goods” capable of uniting us. Michelle Dean reports.
In a place devoted to long-distance transit, the living and the dead find themselves in a kind of limbo.
A prisoner and a guard each come forward with disturbing stories from the detention facility. Barbara Spindel reviews.
Acclaimed author Kristin Hannah on her reasons for writing her latest novel, a World War II story of sisterhood, escape, and romance.
A thrilling tale of an undercover New York cop may be the most timely American novel of recent memory.
Raising a child, designing mobile apps, and selling curtains online: all in a day’s work for the film director and debuting novelist.
The misadventures of a Moroccan man intersect with the Arab Spring and European financial crisis.
If you’ve ever thought that your cat might be be an alien, this is the book for you.
This week in history: Puccini defines “bohemia” for generations to come.