A new Penguin compendium of documents relating to three centuries of witch trials lays the blame on fractured communities and cruel governments — and draws unsettling parallels to current events.
If you're mystified by terms like "Libor," "stagflation" and "Grexit," you should pick up John Lanchester's new book, How To Speak Money, which aims to untangle the tortured language of finance.
Lovecraft, the author who famously invented Cthulhu, was also known for his highly racist opinions. This has created some controversy around the World Fantasy Award statue that bears his likeness.
In The Invisible Front, journalist Yochi Dreazen tells the story of the Grahams, a close-knit family that lost two sons in the span of a year and then took up the fight against military suicide.
In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.
This week, following a series of security lapses, the Secret Service director resigned. For a look at the agency beyond the scandal, author Ben Dolnick recommends the novel Big If by Mark Costello.
Singer-songwriter Graham Nash shares the story of his life in the music world and beyond. Wild Tales appears at No. 14.
A death reunites old high school flames in Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me, which appears at No. 13.
TV's Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard explore a World War II general's death in Killing Patton. It debuts at No. 1.
An onstage death is the unlikely harbinger of apocalyptic pandemonium in Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven. It debuts at No. 12.
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California parolee Charles Manson arrived in San Francisco in 1967, when the city was full of young seeking a guru. In Manson, Jeff Guinn says it was the perfect spot for him to enact his cult vision.
Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.
The allegations come in a lawsuit filed by the ex-headmaster at a school that the best-selling writer founded. Also: The Authors Guild reveals it's requested a Justice Department probe of Amazon.
Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.
Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mutter's Marvels.
The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.
Robin Talley's new young adult novel about the first group of kids to desegregate Southern schools combines hard truths about the civil rights struggle with a thrilling, head-over-heels love story.
In a new memoir, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow opens up about abuse he has suffered, and inflicted in his life. He tells Michel Martin why he told his story in Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.