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.
The inspiring autobiography of the Malawian boy who taught himself physics in order to bring a windmill to his village.
Famed naturalist Jane Goodall cries out on behalf of Earth’s animals.
The author of ‘The Glass Castle’ spins a “true life novel’ around the life of her irrepressible grandmother.
Religion writer Karen Armstrong asks: Is it harder to find God today?
Ian Frazier – winner of the 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor – turns his dry wit on everything from parenthood to global warming.
A smart, witty novel about a nice, middle-class dad tempted to try crime to keep his family afloat.
In her best novel since “Possession,” A.S. Byatt spins a tale from details of the life of children’s book author Edith Nesbit.
An exploration of the life and death of football star and US Army enlistee Pat Tillman.
What happened when single-parent Simon Carr let his boys be boys.
The story of the largest wildfire in the history of the United States.
A novel from Louise Erdrich, inspired by the German side of her family.
New Yorker writer Tad Friend on the deleterious effects of growing up WASP.
Britain’s class-conscious society is the backdrop to this story of a middle-aged immigrant obsessed with a newer, younger arrival.