Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates’s new book is a monumental work about being black in America that every American urgently needs to read.
The Cartoonist Other Cartoonists Can’t Wait to ReadThe fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats is just as great as the first three.
Serious Bill-Paying SkillageErnest Cline’s Armada is everything wrong with gaming culture wrapped up in one soon-to-be–best-selling novel.
A Forest in Which to Grow FanciesThe first volume of B. Catling’s epic fantastical trilogy isn’t about a forest, or Africa, or monsters, exactly.
In the Tower of the DragonNaomi Novik’s engrossing fantasy Uprooted expertly mixes Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Get Out of This Boat!The entertaining and erudite Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy takes readers down the river of modern thought.
Failure to Compare At first glance, poets Claudia Emerson and Philip Metres have nothing to say to each other. Maybe that’s the point.
Savage LoveShirley Jackson’s books about family life are the urtext of every parenting story you’ve ever heard.
An Everyday TranscendenceThe illuminations in Tracy K. Smith’s memoir Ordinary Light are deceptively simple.
The Discreet Charm of the PaperieA quirky history of pens, notebooks, tape, paper clips, and highlighters.
Werner Herzog Takes a WalkIn the dead of winter, 1974, the director hiked from Munich to a friend’s deathbed in Paris.
That Peculiar Almost AffirmativeColm Tóibín’s glorious, maddening, uneven book about Elizabeth Bishop.
The Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New NovelThe 86-year-old author has grown surprisingly—and delightfully—cheerful.
The Fame MonsterCatie Disabato’s The Ghost Network perfectly nails the relationship between pop culture and American youth.
Slate Voice: “ ‘And People?’ ”Listen to Gabe Roth read aloud about the picture book that taught his 3-year-old about death.
After Life After LifeKate Atkinson writes a brilliant follow-up to her brilliant novel, focusing on Teddy, the RAF pilot and brother of the previous book’s heroine.
Self-PublishingKim Kardashian just wants to be seen. This 445-page book of selfies might be her masterpiece.
Joshua Levin Is a Gangly NebbishI wish I didn’t identify quite so much with the protagonist of Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel.