A man of brutal force, Cornelius Vanderbilt – for better and worse – helped to shape American business culture.
An Ivy League admissions officer worries about her school’s eager applicants, even as she struggles with a past secret of her own.
A church historian seeks out the stories of committed Christians who, over the centuries, have lived their faith and helped keep their church alive.
Oscar Wilde’s life viewed through the prism of his library.
A pocket-sized collection of poems about the power of music.
Mildred Armstrong Kalish's new memoir offers a warm-hearted retelling of life on a Depression-era Iowa farm.
Ruth Reichl pens a “left-handed Mother’s Day” card to her over-educated, unhappy parent.
Linked stories follow a Korean family uncomfortably trying to assimilate as they run a gift shop in a New Jersey mall in the 1980s.
The breezy, engaging memoir of a New York financial analyst who left her world behind to marry a poet and live in his native Slovenia.
Love poetry as the antidote to the craziness of the world.
Journalist and former priest James Carroll uses his own life as a lens through which to explore contemporary American Catholicism.
After the genocide, ordinary Rwandans wonder: Can survivors and killers share hilltops again?
Three short reviews of poetry collections.
How 11 women have sustained a 40-year friendship – and how that bond nurtures them.
The writing is lovely but the romance feels creepy in Arthur Phillip’s latest novel.
An absorbing examination of the unusual life of Dorothy Wordsworth.
One woman’s quest to see as many of the world’s birds as possible.
David Foster Wallace on the difficulty – and importance – of living 'consciously, adultly, day in and day out.'
A decade after the Columbine school shootings, a journalist shines a light into the dark corners of the case.
A history of Ireland by the people who know it best - the storytellers.