The 27-year-old author, Daisy Johnson, pulls off several marvels at once in her debut novel, which made the Man Booker Prize shortlist.
His champions now span the ideological spectrum, but left and right miss the tensions in his views.
Two new memoirs trace their authors’ rise into the meritocratic elite, confronting pernicious myths and brutal realities along the way.
Marina Benjamin’s new memoir aims to soothe the sleepless.
In her new book, Rebecca Traister invokes rage to unify women in a battle against men. But being mad can prove divisive, too.
John Kaag’s fascinating new book about the German thinker seeks to tether philosophy back to the mess of daily experience.
Nicolai Houm’s third novel unspools the mystery of a writer who abandons fiction and winds up alone on the top of a mountain in Norway.
A new book from Christopher Skaife is a beguiling, fascinating, and highly amusing account of the strangely magical birds.
Peering into the secrets of Louisa May Alcott’s real life sheds light on her treasured coming-of-age tale.
A court battle between German and Israeli archives over his manuscripts raised literary, not just legal, questions.
Jessie Greengrass’s debut novel about an unnamed pregnant woman blends ruminative prose with historical insight.
A new book about a terrible crime sheds light on the novel’s enduring allure.
How technology has changed the way we look at whales—and ourselves
Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.
Dorthe Nors’s newest novel, about a 40-something woman in Copenhagen learning to drive for the first time, is more profound than its premise suggests.
Two new books raise interesting questions about the ethics and effectiveness of the sport’s selection system, with its early and intense winnowing process for aspiring players.
A new book from the historian Edith Sheffer investigates the medical pioneer Hans Asperger’s involvement in a Third Reich eugenics program.
Richard Powers’s climate-themed epic, The Overstory, embraces a dark optimism about the fate of humanity.
Half a century ago, a Czech illustrator’s vivid travel books helped open young minds to the rest of the planet.
Clemantine Wamariya’s memoir tries to make sense of a life fractured by the Rwandan genocide.