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.
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.