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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

TECHNOLOGY

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

If you're wondering why you are having such a hard time putting down your phone, Adam Alter's new book suggests that's by design. Review by Barbara Spindel.
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

HISTORY

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

In the "Affair of the Poisons," a decade-long scandal of sex, murder and wild conspiracy ran through Louis XIV's like a fever. Review by Tom Carson.
A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

DAYBOOK

A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

By Steve King ×

A century ago, the United States entered the first of the twentieth century's global conflicts, with permanent results. By Steve King.
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

ESSAYS

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

An author's notes on an emotional voyage -- one that puts distance between herself and the world around her. Review by Mark Athitakis.
Burn the Village Down: Melissa Febos on “Abandon Me”

INTERVIEW

Burn the Village Down: Melissa Febos on “Abandon Me”

A Conversation with Amy Gall ×

"There's something incredibly freeing about being hurt," says the author of the new memoir "Abandon Me." A conversation with Amy Gall.
No Fooling: 25 Indispensable Works of Humor

COMEDY

No Fooling: 25 Indispensable Works of Humor

By Mike Sacks ×

A highly personal list of absolutely necessary works of humor, from acid satire to tales of zany invention. By Mike Sacks.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

FICTION

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson ×

The new novel from the author of "The Good Thief" propels a father and daughter through a set of thrilling ordeals with mythic resonance. Review by Melissa H. Pierson.
This Long Pursuit

BIOGRAPHY

This Long Pursuit

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

A new collection of short works by the acclaimed biographer highlights a writer's bold excursions into the characters of his subjects. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Feminism on Foot

ESSAYS

Feminism on Foot

By Rafia Zakaria ×

Around the world, writes Rafia Zakaria, women taking a stroll alone have to weigh the risks. A new book by Lauren Elkins makes clear what that costs them.
The Sinister Hand

DAYBOOK

The Sinister Hand

By Steve King ×

Seventy years ago this week, President Truman signed an executive order that ushered in the modern "security state." By Steve King
Known and Strange Things

ESSAYS

Known and Strange Things

Reviewed by Walton Muyumba ×

In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.