Journalist Richard Zoglin takes a behind-the-scenes look at stand-up in the ‘70s
Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust examines the enduring shock of the US Civil War.
Michael Shnayerson profiles one valley’s battle against mountaintop mining.
A professor of literature extols the virtues of nonreading
Why did William Vollmann crisscross the US hidden on freight trains? For the sheer fun of writing about it.
John Burnham Schwartz’s new novel imagines the lives of Japanese royals.
Harvard University scholar Anne Harrington looks at healing through the mind-body connection.
Pulitzer Prize-winner David Levering Lewis traces Islam’s impact on medieval Europe.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose, both knew the power of the pen.
In a collection of short stories, Roddy Doyle captures the cultural collision between new immigrants and old habits.
Joseph Caldwell’s whodunit is light on chills and thrills, but heavy on Irish charm
Elmore Leonard spells out his 10 cardinal rules for good writing.
A.Q. Khan brought the nuclear bomb to the Muslim world – while the West looked the other way.
Historian Philip A. Gura tells the brilliant, flawed story of American Transcendentalism.
Judith Jones writes about her years editing some of America’s most important cookbooks.
A Bangladeshi widow will do anything for her rebel children.
A new book casts doubt on Alexander Graham Bell’s role as the telephone’s creator.
Rudolf Nureyev was a troubled man, a difficult friend, and an undisputed talent.
Anthony Lewis follows the history of First Amendment protections.
Geraldine Brooks’s new novel offers lessons in tolerance.