Karen Abbott

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Pioneering Women of the Civil War

Rejoice fans of civil war and women’s history! Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a fantastic – and true – story of four role-busting women during the tumultuous 1860s.

October 22, 2014

Rethinking War, Military, and Mental Health: The Invisible Front

Author and reporter Yochi Dreazen explores mental illness in the U.S. military through the lives of one family who has lost on both fronts.

October 17, 2014

Celebrating Our Boston with Great Writers

Our Boston, with contributions from writers including Susan Orlean and John Updike, is a fitting tribute to the city’s early and more recent history.

October 15, 2014

Eden Collinsworth's I Stand Corrected: Real Perspective on China

In I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson, Eden Collinsworth puts many things into perspective about life, culture, experiences, and traveling, all through her subtle reminders of common Western manners.

October 10, 2014

On Immunity: The History and Language of Disease

Eula Biss's On Immunity explores the historical, the narrative, and the personal context of disease and epidemic.

October 8, 2014

Voice of This Generation: Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl

Fact: Lena Dunham’s essay collection slash stream of consciousness slash book of lists slash deep dark secret compendium – Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned' – is everything you want it to be.

October 3, 2014

How to Fix the School System: A Q&A with Dana Goldstein

In her new book, The Teacher Wars, journalist Dana Goldstein goes back to the historical roots of the American public school system. We spoke with her about moral panic, what needs to be done, and more.

October 1, 2014

Save the Date: On Love, Marriage, and Weddings with Jen Doll

Doll’s humorous but affirmative look at modern marriage and wedding goings-on checks the snark at the door.

September 26, 2014

Drilling Down: Law and Oil Collide in the Ecuadorian Jungle

Author Paul Barrett takes an incisive look into the real-life legal drama unfolding over oil in Ecuador.

September 24, 2014

Near Escape from Newark: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Right off the bat, you know from the title of Jeff Hobbs’s new book – The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace – that this is going to be a difficult, if interesting, read.

September 19, 2014

Uncovering Bacha Posh: The Underground Girls of Kabul

Jenny Nordberg’s new book, The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, is as illuminating as it is troubling.

September 17, 2014

What's Worse Than Life at 'The Knick'?

The world Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz paints in her new book, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels, sheds light on the gruesome beginnings of modern medicine.

September 12, 2014

OKCupid Founder Christian Rudder on Your Profile Pic and More

Everyday eBook pinned down Christian Rudder just long enough to get some of our most burning data and dating questions answered. Here’s how it went.

September 10, 2014

On Losing a Child: Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

'I wish I had nothing to say on the nature of loss, but I do. Because one ordinary day, I encouraged my two kids to play in the rain. And only one came back.' –Anna Whiston-Donaldson

September 3, 2014

The Truth About U.S. Poverty and Hunger Courtesy of Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow’s recent work for The Washington Post, titled American Hunger, serves as a clarion call for people with beating hearts and a little compassion.