Jill Leovy

The Human Cost of Murder: Jill Leovy's Ghettoside

'Where the criminal justice system fails to respond vigorously to violent injury and death, homicide becomes epidemic.'

January 23, 2015

What's In a Coke? Kevin Ashton Spills It

In this excerpt from Kevin Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, we go back to the source – of Coca-cola.

January 16, 2015

12 Community College Grads Who Made It Big

From Nicholas Wyman's new book, Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need, we present an excerpt on the oft-underrated value of community college with these twelve examples of wildly successful community college graduates.

January 14, 2015

7 Books That Go Beyond the Nominees

Adaptations are everywhere this awards season, but let's look beyond the obvious for a few other reads for the literary-minded moviegoer.

January 7, 2015

Hungry for More: A Q&A with Author Rebecca Harrington

We caught up with Rebecca Harrington, author of I'll Have What She's Having: Adventures in Celebrity Dieting' to talk about the highs (and often hilarious lows) of her diet experiment.

December 31, 2014

Figuring It Out with a Voice of Our Generation

Meghan Daum's latest collection, The Unspeakable, brings to light a refreshing array of topics about which we don't often speak.

December 26, 2014

Can a Criminal Be a Decent Person?

In his groundbreaking - and newly revised - book Inside the Criminal Mind, Dr. Stanton Samenow addresses the notion that criminals can also be considered decent people.

December 23, 2014

5 Great Nonfiction Reads to Close 2014

Looking to beef up the nonfiction pile on your nightstand? Check out these five great reads from the past year to start.

December 19, 2014

Inside the Mind of Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s book The Virgin Way offers readers insight into his own experiences, theories, and practices.

December 3, 2014

Your Guide to the Republic of the Imagination

In The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi considers several American classics in the context of modern American civic and educational culture. If that sounds ambitious, that's because it is. At its heart this book is about what it means to be an engaged citizen, whether you're in Iran, the United States, or the titular Republic […]

November 28, 2014

F. Scott and Zelda. Sid and Nancy. Jean-Michel and Suzanne.

Jean-Michel Basquiat is somewhat of a mythical character in New York City today. But what about the woman who loved him most?

November 26, 2014

On Medicine and What Matters Most Near Death

Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal addresses a topic that many doctors dance around: mortality.

November 19, 2014

The Wonder Woman We've Waited For

Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is as shocking as it is entertaining. Let us explain …

November 15, 2014

Setting the Standard: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Fifty-five years after the grusome murders at the heart of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the book remains the standard in the field of narrative nonfiction - and with good reason.

November 14, 2014

Say It Loud: 9 Amy Poehler Quotes for Life and Laughs

Over the past two decades, the weird and hilarious pop culture worm that is Amy Poehler has burrowed deep into our hearts and mind. Now her recently released memoir digs that much deeper.