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.

November 11, 2014

From the Front Lines: New Insight Into the Lives of Our Veterans

It's rare that we get a true glimpse into what life is like on the front lines for American soldiers -- as well as on the front lines of recovery when they return. Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran offer such a glimpse, and every American should see it as his or her duty to take this opportunity.

November 7, 2014

On the Evolution of Jimmy Choo

Tamara Mellon is the co-founder of iconic luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo. Have a peek at a tidbit of the story that goes back to its start.

November 5, 2014

Ebola's Biography: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Ebola has made its way onto the world stage once again, which is exactly the right time to revisit Richard Preston's biography of the virus.

October 31, 2014

Brain on Fire: A Health Memoir Unlike Any Other

Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, will leave you contemplating so many things, but most of all: What if?

October 28, 2014

Unexpected, Enduring: Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words

Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words is a collection of the columns of the late Maeve Binchy, the beloved Irish journalist and novelist who passed away in 2012.

October 27, 2014

So Much Roger Rosenblatt: A New Collection

Known largely for his career as an essayist at Time, Roger Rosenblatt has spent the past ten years writing novels and memoirs. In this new collection of five books, the reader gets a little bit of everything.

October 24, 2014

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.