Shirley Jackson’s books about family life are the urtext of every parenting story you’ve ever heard.
Slate Voice: “ ‘And People?’ ”Listen to Gabe Roth read aloud about the picture book that taught his 3-year-old about death.
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.
The Winners of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe book and Web comic that win our annual comics award both dwell on time, memory, and the far future.
Unhappy FamiliesHausfrau makes the plight of the wife and mother in contemporary fiction seem sadder than ever.
After OutrageA slightly guileless tour through the world of the briefly controversial by Jon Ronson.
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.
Into the Empty RegionsClive James’ valedictory book of poetry criticism wrestles with how art is long, but life is short.
The Civil War After the Civil WarHow the military occupation of the former Confederacy helped strong-arm the South into line.
Marry by 30Kate Bolick’s Spinster is billed as a progress report for women—but it’s exactly the opposite.
“They Didn’t Know Anything”It’s in its dissonances, its contradictions, that Philip Glass’ memoir finds its form.
The Exoskeleton and the BluesStructural amazements are buoyed by inner music in Terrance Hayes’ How to Be Drawn.
The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of the year, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
The Revolution and the Conference RoomA leading modern leftist overlooks the ways the bureaucracy of private industry might actually make the world a better place.