William Deresiewicz, Ivy League grad and former professor, critiques current standards at colleges, but offers little data to back up his assertions.
Michael Harris wishes to gently wake us from the 'swarm of noise' so that we may recall the benefits of silence.
A Brighton Beach family’s saga bends Russian literary tradition into mordant modern comedy.
Social geographer Alastair Bonnett explores the challenge – and delight – of searching for undiscovered territories in the age of Google Earth.
German author Peter Schneider tries to articulate what Berlin is today, as a community, a quarter century after reunification.
Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.
Haruki Murakami's latest novel has its moments, but sometimes falters as it ranges over the less-than-grand terrain of near-middle age.
Amy Bloom’s new book is an entertaining, moving, quasi-historical escapade featuring a plucky girl who graduates from the school of hard knocks.
Journalist Howard W. French travels through Africa to meet up with some of the one million Chinese migrants now living and working there.
Historian-composer Jan Swafford tackles one of the most monumental figures in classical music in a biography that presents Ludwig van Beethoven more as a man and less as a legend.
With echoes of C.S. Lewis’s “The Last Battle,' Grossman crafts a thoroughly satisfying finale for his 'Magician’s Trilogy'
Rick Perlstein deftly sketches American malaise in the mid-1970s and posits that a longing for stability and simplicity paved the way for Ronald Reagan.
Nick Harkaway's third novel somehow manages to be – all at once – a piercing comedy, a suspenseful thriller, a critique of industrial capitalism, and a domestic melodrama about parenthood
Claudio Saunt's provocative new history chronicles events in the dangerous outer limits of America in 1776.
When Associated Press correspondent Chris Tomlinson began to research the five generations of his Texas family, he found another Tomlinson family: the descendents of his family's slaves.
In a droll, understated voice that recalls Dorothy Parker, June Melby writes of the years her family owned and operated Tom Thumb Miniature Golf in Waupaca, Wis.
Like Macintyre’s other books, 'A Spy Among Friends' is extensively researched, well-written, and a terrific read.
Authors Joel Naroff and Ron Scherer aim to bring some common-sense thinking to the question of why government economic policies so often go awry.
In the short stories of novelist Jane Gardam, tragedy is is an intimate, muted affair.
James Nestor's engaging effort to plumb the mysteries of the deep is an example of popular science writing at its best.