July 11, 2019 Pablo Medina's The Cuban Comedy walks a fine line between poetry and political satire. It follows a woman in rural 1960s Cuba who longs to be a poet, and the troubles she faces when she succeeds.
July 6, 2019 Chuck Wendig's massive new novel imagines a plague of sleepwalkers — unresponsive people endlessly walking to an unknown destination as a fearful, hate-ridden country tears itself apart around them.
June 19, 2019 Mark Haddon's new novel uses Shakespeare's Pericles and its founding myth of the villainous king Antiochus to explore aberrant family relationships, loss, depression, judgment and cowardice.
A night view of downtown Shanghai.
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June 16, 2019 NPR's Frank Langfitt wanted to get to know the real China, so he started a free taxi service in an effort to have conversations with a variety of people. His new book is the result of this reporting.
American writer William S. Burroughs poses during a portrait session at Bourges Railway Station on April 24, 1984 in Bourges, France.
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June 12, 2019 Relying on a wealth of research and documents, Casey Rae deftly maps out how one of America's most controversial literary figures transformed the lives of many notable rock musicians.
June 12, 2019 Brian Evenson's new collection brings together stories that have appeared in literary fiction, speculative fiction and horror publications — and yet they flow together into a disturbing whole.
A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, by Adam Gopnik
May 15, 2019 By showing the impact it's had in the past, Adam Gopnik presents liberalism not only as a moral adventure but also as a necessity in an age of resurging autocracy and rampant bigotry.
Warren Zevon in concert circa 1978 in New York City.
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May 14, 2019 C.M. Kushins has delivered a nuanced, in-depth, loving look at the complicated singer/songwriter, one that helps cement him as one of the most complex and captivating music figures of our times.
Theodor Geisel — Dr. Seuss --holds a toy of the Cat in the Hat, one of his most famous character creations.
May 7, 2019 Using personal papers, telegrams, biographies, unpublished interviews and letters, author Brian Jay Jones gives readers a comprehensive view of the complex, multifaceted creator who became a giant.
May 1, 2019 Juliet Escoria's autobiographical novel is a heartfelt, raw story about surviving mental illness and learning to cope with inner demons. It's not a comfortable read — but it is a powerful one.
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, by Damon Young
March 26, 2019 Writer, critic and humorist Damon Young chronicles his efforts to endure the battles that come with being black; the beauty of his book is that he never tries to make it comfortable for his audience.
An illustration depicting Johannes Gutenberg taking the first proof off his printing press.
March 20, 2019 The depth of Margaret Leslie Davis' research on the tome's history cannot be understated — her writing is straightforward and, at times, heartbreaking, but outstanding reporting lies at the core.
An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz
March 8, 2019 Alex Kotlowitz's new book amplifies the words of those who have witnessed tragedy and makes their experiences available to readers — a chronicle that is painful but also necessary.
Albert Woodfox, who was in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for more than 40 years, is seen here at a press conference on Nov. 15, 2016 in Paris.
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March 5, 2019 Albert Woodfox's timely account of his wrongful conviction and time in solitary confinement shows that some spirits are unbreakable; it should be required reading in an age of Black Lives Matter.