New Yorker critic John Lahr examines the damaged, tormented life that inspired the work of Tennessee Williams.
Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron carefully and engagingly trace the history of the Metropolitan Opera from its birth in 1883 to the present day.
Jacqueline Woodson's memoir-in-verse is filled with perfect tiny moments about family, about friends, and about writing and reading, and about following your dreams.
Ted Rall's writing and cartooning creates a series of blunt, witty, and precarious images of his experiences in Afghanistan.
Michelangelo was one of the first artists to demand to be treated not just as an artisan but as an aristocrat of the spirit.
'The Bone Clocks,' a series of six interlinking novellas, was a finalist for the Booker Prize.
Four women – two Union sympathizers and two proud Rebels – served their causes in surprising fashions during the US Civil War.
Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt believed that they could do great things – and succeeded more often than not.
Alexis de Tocqueville was only 25 when he visited the United States in 1831 but his book remains influential to this day.
Kissinger is a thinker of the first order who lays out cool, careful, and sometimes brilliant principles – only to ignore them when it suits his purposes.
An Australian surgeon suffers in a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, even as he struggles with memories of an affair with the spouse of a family member.
A Dublin detective finds a group of teenage girls to be as mysterious as the murder case he must unravel.
A classroom veteran examines the struggle to love his work.
'Mean Girls' meets 'Prep' meets the Salem witch trials to create a contemporary page-turner.
Award-winning author and translator Lydia Davis scraped away some 'taxing overgrowth' to enhance the rough beauty of Alfred Ollivant's classic dog story.
Law professor James Liebman says a Texas case reveals the injustice of the death penalty.
Vanessa Manko’s wistful, perceptive debut novel tells the story of a Russian engineer who yearns for his family during a stateless exile in Mexico City.
Scholar Brian Catlos argues that the Crusades were more a struggle for power than a battle about religion, and stresses the many moments of cultural integration and strategic cooperation during the era.
Susan Vreeland's latest focuses on a collection of paintings hidden during the Nazi occupation of France and then unearthed after the war.
While parallels between ancient Rome and the US are revealing, our contemporary political scandals are mundane by the standards of antiquity.