Russian audiences swooned over Van Cliburn during a fraught period in relations with his home country. Nigel Cliff tells the humble musician’s story in a new biography.
Sebastian Smee’s group biography details four incentivizing rivalries between famous painters as they strove for excellence.
The former journalist Kate Summerscale tells the true story of a child who murdered his mother in Victorian London.
A mother and daughter wade through the loss of father and son in Olja Savičević’s bleakly bizarre novel Adios, Cowboy.
Max Porter’s debut novel careens between mocking hilarity and heartbreaking sorrow.
A short book review of The Fox Was Ever the Hunter
A short review of Laura Cumming’s The Vanishing Velázquez
A short review of The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe
The latest novel from Mary Rakow, This Is Why I Came, could be called the “agnostic Gospels.”
And the titles their authors say they loved
A new book offers a different perspective on the feisty crew of kids.
In a group of novels that showcase a virtuosic interest in distinctive voices, Marlon James’s historical epic ultimately triumphed.
An anthology from The Paris Review highlights new writers—and some very famous ones, too.
Over the next few weeks, follow along as we review and revisit all six finalists.
Larissa MacFarquhar writes about do-gooders who “open themselves to a sense of unlimited, crushing responsibility.”
Once again, the author comes up with a fantastic fable about colliding worlds.
A review of “The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season” and “33 Days.”
In his final novel, Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf proved that he could still speak the language of the young.
How Americans destroyed their own labor force without even noticing
“The Joan Didion of Australia” writes a masterful book about a real-life family tragedy.