A new graphic novel argues that even though social isolation is extremely common, it is too easily maligned.
What pioneering new research has revealed about the forest
Known as a master of horror, he also understood the power—and the limits—of science.
Cultish, a new book by the linguist Amanda Montell, reveals how insidery language informs the communities of modern life.
A captivating new history helps us see the humble appliance’s sweeping influence on modern life.
A previously unpublished novel invites a reassessment of a writer criticized for his doctrinaire pessimism about race in America.
In Louis Menand’s monumental new study of Cold War culture, success owes less to vision and purpose than to self-promotion.
New novels by Rachel Cusk and Jhumpa Lahiri explore the liberating power of isolation.
In her new memoir, Alison Bechdel runs, climbs, bikes, skis, spins, and Soloflexes her way toward transcendence.
Why literary novels about wrenching events are taking more and more cues from crime writing
Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart shows the possibilities and limitations of the food memoir.
How Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan advanced their husbands’ ambitions—and their own
New York is getting more out of the domestic oil boom than North Dakota ever will.
What a new memoir reveals about endurance—and extreme remorse
Sam Sifton’s exciting, but daunting, invitation to improvise
In his life as in his fiction, the author pursued the shameful, the libidinous, the repellent.
Kazuo Ishiguro returns to masters and servants with a story of love between a machine and the girl she belongs to.
Adored guru and reviled provocateur, he dropped out of sight. Now the irresistible ordeal of modern cultural celebrity has brought him back.
Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel explores the mind, and heart, of an internet-addled protagonist.
Understanding America in the giant company’s shadow