Former child soldier Ishmael Beah offers a quiet tribute to human resilience.
Korean-American author Chang-Rae Lee tells an exquisitely written dystopian tale of a girl who sets off through a very changed America to find her missing boyfriend.
A retired music professor on the run from the government confronts his past in Richard Powers's profound yet accessible 11th novel.
A road trip to Maine offers a Russian immigrant transportive memories of her past, and a possible ally for her future.
Two years after the Tahrir Square protests, an insider examines life in Cairo.
The adventures of Brown Dog, Jim Harrison's 'wonderful backwoods nitwit,' are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.
Diane Johnson – best known for giving us scenes of expat life in Paris – has written a curious but engaging memoir about her Midwestern ancestors.
The life (and near-death) of the Big Easy, inventively mapped.
In brief and provocative biographies, Judith Mackrell explores the lives of six influential women of the Jazz Age.
A slave revolt on the high seas sheds light on many historical ironies.
James Carville and Mary Matalin defend and explain their famously bipartisan marriage.
"The Secret Life of Bees" author Sue Monk Kidd weaves her own narrative into the real-life story of abolitionist Sarah Grimké.
Can the man who coined the phrase "Seize the day" still teach us how to live vibrantly?
The warmth of Philip Roth's breath is on every page of Claudia Roth Pierpont's new biography.
Literary magazine editor Wendy Lesser leads readers through what feels like a book club discussion on steroids – brainy, personal, and occasionally off topic.
Gary Shteyngart takes a dark, funny look at his Soviet-Jewish roots.
U.N. assistant secretary general Heraldo Muñoz offers a well-researched account of the life, death, and legacy of Benazir Bhutto.
British historian Beau Riffenburgh tracks the undercover private eye who took on organized crime in the Wild West.
Writers Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian take a look at the world of NCAA football and the troubles that have come with its exploding popularity.
James Dashner's young adult novel centers on an online video game, but even non-gamers will find this story enthralling.