The Marvelous Order of the CityJane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.
Lonely HuntersEmily Witt’s Future Sex irresistibly explores the mournfulness and hopefulness of singledom today.
When a Time-Traveling Space Hero Gets Lost, Who Takes Care of Him?John Martz’s touching comic Burt’s Way Home.
Eerie and CheeryShirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife. Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales. Don’t dismiss her.
“A Terrible Propensity for Malice”An account of a juicy British scandal is also a history of the persecution of gay men in 1960s Britain.
Curiosity in the Face of ImmensityDavid Macaulay has spent more than three decades explaining the way things work.
How to Play Your Way to a Fun LifeJust don’t expect to enjoy everything all the time, says Ian Bogost in his new book, Play Anything.
The Life’s Journey of the Phone-Sex OperatorA witty and sexy comic about a woman trying to figure out her life.
Virtual GraveIn Lara Vapnyar’s Still Here, startups are the new false land of opportunity for immigrants.
My Brilliant MomNadja Spiegelman’s memoir about four generations of charged mother-daughter relationships.
Diary of a Binge-WatcherIn the ’80s, Clive James said TV would never be more than “mediocre.” Then, devouring endless hours of television changed his mind.
Girl, ManterruptedWhat’s the role of cutesy workplace feminism, full of slang like himitator and bropriator, amid the deeply un-cute sexism of Ailes and his ilk?
Nothing Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer’s new novel is most powerful when it doesn’t try to reach easy conclusions.
The Funniest Living Writers Choose the Funniest Books in the WorldWe asked more than 30 writers for the books that make them laugh. They had a lot to say.
The Intimacy of a StabbingHow artist Na Kim figured out how to convey the spirit of the novel Cannibals in Love in her powerful cover design.
Lingwe UniversaliaEsperanto may have failed to change the world, but it’s succeeded in transforming its speakers.
Bruce Springsteen’s Brilliant DisguiseThe Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.
Introducing Borges’ FiccionesOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is both metaphysical and pulpy.
The Death FakersA lively new book investigates the siren call—and annoying logistics—of death fraud.
Wandering Pathways, Scrabbling ClawsStephen Burt on a geekily magnificent Florida poem by Allan Peterson.
In Praise of Reader ReviewsA book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads.
America’s First Civil WarAlan Taylor’s new history poses the revolution as a battle inside America as well as for its liberty.