A drowning haunts Susan Steinberg’s dark first novel about teenagers’ summer adventures.
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Zora Neale Hurston—spurred on by Franz Boas—revolutionized the way we think about humanity.
Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.
What Do We Need Men For? is overwhelming. It is exhausting. That is the point.
Atlantic staffers pick 14 books to spend time with this season, including Freshwater, Republic of Spin, Killing and Dying, and more.
Riots and parades have made LGBTQ people visible. But a new anthology of writings from before, during, and after Stonewall shows the inward changes as more essential.
Dispatched by Life magazine to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Norman Mailer saw the lunar landing not as a triumph for mankind but as evidence of our hubris.
“Sabermetrics” changed the national pastime. Now another technological revolution is transforming the game, for good or ill.
Burrow far below the planet’s surface, and even there, humanity has left its imprint.
A new story collection from Kim Young-ha complicates the trope of the relatable murderer and, in the process, puts the reader in a quandary.
Karen Russell’s latest collection meditates on anxieties about mankind’s place in the world.
In Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn wrestles with the conflicting demands of family and autonomy for an undocumented woman in New York City.
An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.
How the “food revolution” turned us into snackers, guaranteeing the demise of healthy home cooking
Susan Choi’s taut, drama-school narrative asks: Where does art end and reality begin?
Two ambitious new novels build techno-futures in which surveillance offers disturbing new threats.
Siri Hustvedt’s new novel explores fiction’s role in feminist consciousness-raising.
A daughter explores the dark secrets of a family legacy.
The author’s follow-up to her Fifty Shades series is hopelessly retrograde and dismally unentertaining.
The Pulitzer finalist Laila Lalami’s latest novel traces the story of one immigrant family and the seemingly inexplicable tragedy that ruptures it.