In Jesse Ball’s sixth novel—part thriller, part coming-of-age story—a teenager seeks escape through fire.
Has athleticism eclipsed aesthetic spirit? Dvora Meyers’s book traces the evolution of the sport.
Twenty-three years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer comes to the drug’s defense.
Readers respond to our May 2016 cover story.
A short book excerpt
The former journalist Kate Summerscale tells the true story of a child who murdered his mother in Victorian London.
Between 1968 and ’75, he plugged into the musical zeitgeist and opened his music to distortion and groove-based repetition, either transcending or repudiating his roots in acoustic jazz.
They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.
A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.
The sisters turned domestic constraints into grist for brilliant books.
Their discovery wasn’t predestined, nor do they dictate our destinies—and current ideas about them may die.
Less visible than the rise of income inequality in America is its impact in shaping the country’s urban neighborhoods. Two books—by Matthew Desmond and Mitchell Duneier—could help change that.
Max Porter’s debut novel careens between mocking hilarity and heartbreaking sorrow.
Wide, wild eyes, a migration of facial features toward the center—could you be suffering from this grim condition? A very short book excerpt.
A mother and daughter wade through the loss of father and son in Olja Savičević’s bleakly bizarre novel Adios, Cowboy.
A big question
I glided through sentence after sentence, volume after volume, on my Android in the nighttime darkness. The experience was remarkably ... Proustian.
A fantastically entertaining—and bankable—athlete shies away from the chance to reclaim MMA glory.
The feral genius of Australia’s Les Murray
A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds
A short story about family and class
A short book review of The Fox Was Ever the Hunter
A big question