Born ActorsA theater troupe tours the South American countryside in the third book on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
The Yearning of ArtistsA poet’s second novel about learning to live, write, and love in a bygone New York.
Man DownA new essay collection attempts to explain why men are ridiculous.
Best Books 2014: Slate Staff PicksSlate’s columnists, editors, and bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
Those Happy Golden YearsMore than 80 years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s true story is published.
The Lady VanishedA new biography introduces us to the real Penelope Fitzgerald.
The Tragic Story of Everyday LifeLudmilla Petrushevskaya is the Tolstoy of the communal kitchen.
Pretending to Be MeA new biography of Philip Larkin can’t face his flaws.
Down and OutDenis Johnson returns to Africa, this time in fiction.
How the Right Was WonFinally, a book that tells the real story of the marriage equality movement.
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is Not TartA cookbook devoted to an unexpected flavor.
Blackness VisibleClaudia Rankine’s poems explore how to write about yourself when your language pretends you don’t exist.
Monkey BusinessPolitical journalism got personal long before Gary Hart had an affair.
BibliodromeDavid Cronenberg’s 21st-century noir novel Consumed.
A Likeness of WingsMarilynne Robinson flies higher and goes deeper into issues of faith and redemption in Lila.
The Fabric of Our LivesThe brutal history of cotton debunks many of the most popular myths about capitalism.
The 22 Best Lines of 2014Good music, bad lovin’, and great writing from some of 2014’s most enjoyable books.
An Immodest ProposalA demented sex comedy for our impersonal age is the first novel on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Happiness, Inspiration, and WellnessThe ingredients of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Rather HopelessAnthony Powell’s bleak first book is the funniest novel you’ve never read.
Rabbit EarsAn all-ages cartoon memoir about a deaf girl and her search for a best friend.
The Old NormalWhere should readers draw the line between Richard Ford and his famous protagonist Frank Bascombe?
Look at Me, I’m Peggy LeeA new biography makes the “Fever” singer seem glamorous and pathetic all at once.
Invisible Airplane, Meet Glass CeilingWilliam Moulton Marston, his two wives, and the feminist origins of Wonder Woman.
The Monkey’s PawA special Slate edition of the classic 1902 story of the macabre.
The Plath CureMeg Wolitzer’s new young adult novel examines The Bell Jar through fresh eyes.
Vaccine as MetaphorOn Immunity is a brilliant book-length essay about very old fears.
A Man, a Dog, and a MonsterAlec Longstreth’s delightful all-ages fable Basewood.
Safe as HousesTana French’s extraordinary Dublin mysteries portray a city where everyone’s looking for a home.
Martin Amis’ Zones of InterestCritics want him to stop writing about the horrors of history. But his new novel suggests vicious satire might be an honest way to treat the deaths of millions.