Lisa Halliday’s new book inventively tackles a familiar storyline, encouraging real-world identifications in order to subvert them.
The memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot on how Maggie Nelson’s Bluets taught her to explode the parameters of what a book is supposed to be
In a memoir about her tenure at the helm of Vanity Fair, the legendary editor deftly crystallizes moments in social history.
A new novel by Leni Zumas is both a compelling speculative work and a deeply considered analysis of what it means to live in a woman’s body.
Leïla Slimani’s novel scrutinizes the paradoxes of parenting in a world where the potential for disaster abounds.
The Vanishing Princess, the late essayist’s only collection of short stories, is an eloquent take on the rules governing femininity.
Learning from portrayals of sexual encounters, for better and worse
The author Martin Puchner on the way advances in paper production helped pave the way for The Tale of Genji
Trauma and tragedy play a role in a lot of children’s literature. But it was J.K. Rowling’s series that helped me cope with almost dying.
In the second novel in her seasonal quartet, the British writer crafts a fanciful concoction of Shakespeare, folklore, and contemporary news.
Emma Lazarus’s Petrarchan sonnet is an awkward vehicle for defenses of American greatness—perhaps because so many of those who quote it miss its true meaning.
Revisiting bone, a 2017 collection that showed the possibilities of poetry on the internet
Beloved by generations of Indian children like myself, the illustrated-book series Amar Chitra Katha also reinforced many forms of intolerance.
And the titles their authors say they loved
The ecological stories in The Relive Box are tiny, satirical tragicomedies about individual people.
The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
Mars and Venus in the Workplace, reviewed
The National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee on how the story of Joseph, and the idea that goodness can come from suffering, influences her work
C.B. Cebulski admitted he once used a Japanese pseudonym and fake backstory in order to write comics. Why his actions—and the company’s muted response—are troubling
Robin Sloan’s second novel about a baker’s secret weapon makes the case for culture as a kind of humane technology.