When Alison Bechdel started her online comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, in 1987, it's safe to assume no one, not even Bechdel herself, could have conceived of the impact her work would eventually have.
July 29, 2015
There are few things more inspiring than a story of survival. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of tales of unbeatable human courage from across the spectrum, emphasizing unbelievable true stories and including just a dash of adventure and horror fiction to round things out.
July 24, 2015
It's cliché but true: Death is an unavoidable part of life. Check out these books, whose writers deftly and unflinchingly tackle the taboos and trauma associated with dying and grief. Each of these books, in their own way, shed a some much-needed light on this under-addressed topic.
July 22, 2015
In Barbarian Days, New Yorker writer William Finnegan recounts a surfing life in exquisite prose and beautifully writ storytelling.
July 17, 2015
There’s a lot to be said about racial progress. Much can be packed into a few words, like so: Okay, good. But still not great, nor right, nor enough. It became clear to this reader very early on in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me, that this is a big part of what the author aims to convey.
July 15, 2015
In his new memoir, The Theft of Memory, Jonathan Kozol finds outrage in the midst of the struggle of losing his father to Alzheimer’s.
July 10, 2015
In his memoir, Norman Lear recounts some standout experiences on the set of 'All in the Family' and the ways the seemingly light show tackled deeper social issues.
July 1, 2015
When Tracy arrives in Japan, she must learn the challenges of communicating in her host country - not just the language, but the differences in communication and roles of women.
June 26, 2015
Volunteering is an admirable thing that can have lasting positive effects on both those being helped -- and on volunteers. Here is a lineup of stories that show what a difference being a community do-gooder can have.
May 29, 2015
Every Day I Fight, the memoir of Stuart Scott, walks readers through not just his life – but his incredible spirit especially during his fight with cancer.
May 20, 2015
Spinster, the new memoir-history hybrid from Kate Bolick, is a nuanced exploration of women struggling to discover their identities independent of external factors like men, work, and family.
May 13, 2015
With his most recent publications, Roger Rosenblatt has experimented with a form of memoir that aims to blend prose and poetry. He continues this Experiment with The Book of Love.
May 6, 2015
In the new biography Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, Dr. John Szwed presents a comprehensive account of Billie Holiday's musical career.
April 29, 2015
The warriors of America’s Special Forces are a close-knit group. Few outside of their ranks know the sacrifices they’ve made on behalf of their country, and even fewer know the names of their heroes: those whose extraordinary service has earned them the admiration of the nation’s best. Sgt. Roy Benavidez is one of them, and Eric Blehm’s new book, Legend, is his story.
April 23, 2015
When Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011, the world lost one of its most brilliant contemporary thinkers. Now's your chance to get to know the legacy he left behind.