McCullough is a triumphalist at heart, most interested in celebrating the better angels of American history.
With memorable charisma, Elizabeth Cobb tells the story of the American 'girl telephone operators' who helped to win World War I.
'Hourglass' – Dani Shapiro's memoir about her marriage – yields a rare combination of lyrical writing and startling, sometimes disturbing insights.
Historian and archivist Ian Mortimer has magicked us back to a historical period starting approximately 350 years ago.
Poet Robert Hass explains why form is essential, for both readers and writers of poetry.
The terrible deprivations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first.
Hanna-Barbera has dusted off some old concepts and turned some upside down.
Gioia, California’s Poet Laureate and a poetry icon, offers selected verse.
Historian Christopher De Bellaigue replaces a static image of the Middle East from the 1800s through the late 20th century with a picture of constant transformation.
Journalist and historian Frances FitzGerald tracks the shifting position of evangelicals on a wide array of political issues.
Pakistani-born author Nadeem Aslam’s mesmerizing fifth novel may be his best.
From remarkable photos of animals to a gorgeous 'paper zoo' to Thoreau's accounts of his animal encounters, this spring offers a pack of excellent reads for animal lovers.
There is much in this book that is trademark Lamott – theological speculation, hippie slang and domestic comedy, C.S. Lewis by way of Janis Joplin by way of Erma Bombeck.
Aurora, a 7-year-old female polar bear, sits inside an open-air cage at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday.
Nearly 75 years after Potter's passing, she still is one of the most famous children’s writers in the world.
Veteran royals biographer Sally Bedell Smith worked on this book for years, interviewing dozens of court figures and talking many times with members of the royal family.
The true dark stars of 'Blitzed' are Hitler and a quack doctor named Theodor Morell, who kept the head of the Third Reich hopped up on dangerously addictive drugs.
The much-heralded graphic novel 'Flight of the Raven' is finally available in English.
Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol presses his case about just how relevant Jesus is to his faith today.
If you ever loved Philip Pullman’s 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, puzzled over Greek mythology, or read literally any fairy tale, 'Strange the Dreamer' will move you.
Journalist-turned-popular historian G.J. Meyer details the skewed perspective the Woodrow Wilson administration maintained toward Germany and Austria-Hungary.
John Farrell tries to be fair to the man, including on one of the central questions of the scandal that defined him: What did the president know and when did he know it?
'Casey Stengel" is a wonderful romp through America's collective field of dreams.
Jim Shepard's work is an astonishingly powerful demonstration of fiction’s capacity to transport us across time and space.