Tom McCarthy's dazzling, elusive new novel revolves around a corporate anthropologist trying to deliver a comprehensive report on mankind.
When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.
What happens when two artistic friends date for 40 days and nights? An eye-popping multimedia book commemorates a great social experiment.
Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.
Joan Didion is a style icon and literary legend. In her work, fashion and loss are inextricable.
A new collection of abstract ink prints depicts shameful incidents of European anti-Semitism that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust.
The original cuffed-trouser urbanite on the hunt for authenticity—and undercutting it with his own self-consciousness—was J. Alfred Prufrock.
There aren't "difficult" books and "easy" ones. There are books that are difficult for some people, and easy for others.
Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.
The partnership between the Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager is celebrated in the recently released photo book Bettie Page: Queen of Curves.
National Book Awards finalist Emily St. John Mandel says pomp and circumstance can derail the everyday work of creating complex, flawed characters.
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Staff selections from a year of reading
Twenty-five years ago, William Styron's autobiography drew attention to the reality of depression.
Our Twitter book club will spend December reading the coming-of-age debut of Zimbabwean expatriate NoViolet Bulawayo.
Brian Coleman's new book lets rap's most influential players talk about their art, largely unedited.
Peter Stamm, author of All Days Are Night, says his work became deeper once he shed some delusions of grandeur.
Children's book writer Tim Federle's latest project: Hickory Daiquiri Dock, a cocktail recipe book that puts a grown-up spin on nursery rhymes.
Pick from among the titles that our Twitter book club nearly chose this past year.