Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.
The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.
In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.
Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.
A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.
Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.
Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?
Hermione Lee’s latest biography is of the English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a late bloomer who published her first book at 58 and became famous at 80.
New books by Val Wang, Xiaolu Guo, Tim Clissold and Liu Zhenyun.
Carolyn Chute is as unclassifiable and unruly in her books as she is in person.
Some residents of Egypt, Maine, fear a communal settlement and its enigmatic leader; others are irresistibly attracted.
Readers respond to recent reviews of Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything,” Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters” and more.
Paperback books of particular interest.
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
Richard Ford, whose latest Frank Bascombe book is on the extended hardcover fiction list, had originally named his character Frank Slocum.