A Secret Sisterhood explores the women who influenced Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf.
The physician and author Victoria Sweet finds her purpose.
Making sense of one’s home country from afar
Allegra Goodman’s new novel tests its characters—a multiplayer obsessive, an artist, a high-school teacher—in ingenious ways.
Michael Frank’s sharp memoir about an unusual upbringing
A review of Pajtim Statovci’s dark debut novel
The journalist Ariel Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity, and deploys prose to match in her memoir.
And the titles their authors say they loved
Helon Habila’s new book recounts the horror and revives the call to take notice.
In his most recent book, Alex Beam details the disintegration of Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson’s friendship.
Astrid Lindgren’s translated diaries don’t dwell on the origin of the popular fictional character—but rather illuminate the turbulent surroundings she emerged from.
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.”