Mary Karr tells the story of her failed marriage, her struggles with alcohol and mental illness, and the peace she finally found in prayer.
Well-known writers recall the big names they encountered on the way up – both those that helped them and those that hindered.
New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell delves into everything from Enron to 9/11 to pit bulls.
A tale of love, illusions, and life's possibilities.
The energetic memoir of Harold Evans, a newspaperman who refuses to sing the blues.
Barbara Kingsolver magnificently re-creates 1930s Mexico City in her first novel in nine years.
American women have traveled a long road since the 1960s.
Marking the 50th anniversary of ‘The Tin Drum,’ a new English translation gives Günter Grass’s classic a fresh musicality.
Selections from 85 immigrants tell what it means to become an American.
Is feel-good actually bad?
Toni Morrison's poignant tale of tragedy in 1920s Harlem.
Novelist Jonathan Lethem’s ambition and talent outstrip his focus in this provocative tale of urban life.
A new novel from Richard Powers poses a disquieting question: Is it abnormal to be happy?
Novelist Michael Chabon surveys the emotional terrain of life as a husband, father, and son.
The true story of a Chinese bus mechanic who risked his all in a symbolic challenge to China’s dictatorship.
Margaret Drabble’s memoir takes a powerful, disquieting look at the ways we attempt to stave off depression.
The real-life fairy tale of Françoise d’Aubigné, little-known second wife of France's Sun King.
A Baptist minister brings his version of salvation – and his family – to the simmering Congo of the 1960s.
“Wolf Hall,” winner of this year’s Booker Prize, offers a sympathetic portrayal of Thomas Cromwell, the power behind Henry VIII's throne.
In a nearly autobiographical novel, award-winning author Pete Dexter draws a loving portrait of a stepdad.