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.
A remarkable novel, Lost Children Archive, and a work of history, The End of the Myth, reckon with a walled border.
In the late ’70s, Carolyn Forché traveled to El Salvador on the eve of its civil war, knowing little about the country. Crucially, she understood how little she knew.
Amy Hempel’s best short stories reveal how rich spareness can be.
The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
A new book from Barry Lopez underscores how the genre has evolved as planetary conditions have worsened.
Chloe Aridjis’s Sea Monsters doesn’t care much for plot, instead seductively gathering energy through images, repetition, and metaphor.
A palliative-care doctor learns the language of suffering and the limits of medical control.
The chief justice writes fiercely conservative opinions, yet champions the Court’s political independence. How will he respond to a constitutional crisis?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us