Rosenthal reflects on abstract thoughts in ‘Textbook’

It's been 10 years since best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal impressed critics and readers alike with her memoir, "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life." Now she's stretching the boundaries with a

Jeffrey Toobin revisits Patty Hearst saga

Earlier this year the well-known legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin won even wider attention for the FX series based on his 1996 best-seller about the O.J. Simpson trial, "The Run of

Megan Abbott’s new novel is fiercely gripping

Obsession can grow from the simplest of desires — to be good at something. That can easily morph into the need to be the best, the requirement to always be

‘Seinfeldia’ offers little new on landmark comedy

Eighteen years ago, in one of the most anticipated moments in American television history, fans of “Seinfeld” obsessed over the series ending its nine-season run and struggled with saying goodbye

Emily Giffin delivers emotional story about sisters

Best-selling author Emily Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work with the novel “First Comes Love.” Giffin paints a relatable picture chronicling the journey of two sisters who land on opposite

Biographer blasts George W. Bush for going to war in Iraq

The successes of George W. Bush's two terms as president were vastly overshadowed by the invasion of Iraq, a horrendous decision that sprung from gut instinct and defied reasoned analysis,

‘Fifty-Year Mission’ is compelling ‘Star Trek’ time line

Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman have compiled hundreds of interviews to create "The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years." The saga

Anne Tyler tames Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’

Last fall Hogarth Press published the first in a series of novels by contemporary writers reimagining Shakespeare's plays on the 400th anniversary of his death. So far we've had Jeanette

Who, Stones, Bowie made 1971 rock’s best year, says author

If there is a Rock and Roll Hell, an inner circle is devoted for old fans who insist on telling you how the music was so much better back in

Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot

Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. Gaiman: anything by Harlan Ellison,

‘Sweetbitter’ is a novel to be savored

Tess comes to New York in the summer of 2006, 22 and aching for adventure. Things seem to fall into place when she aces an interview at a famous restaurant

‘The Second Life of Nick Mason’ by Steve Hamilton

  Nine months after splitting with his longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, in a public dispute over marketing plans, two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton returns with a new publisher, a

‘Valiant Ambition’ by Nathaniel Philbrick

In "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution," Nathaniel Philbrick continues the saga of the American Revolution from his previous book, "Bunker Hill: a

‘Redemption Road’ by John Hart

John Hart’s first four novels earned two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and one nomination, as well as a myriad of other awards. Five years have gone by since his fourth novel,

‘Siddhartha’s Brain’ smart take on meditation

It's a pleasure to read "Siddhartha's Brain," which comes from a science journalist with long experience of explaining ideas for readers of The Guardian and other publications. James Kingsland even

New book ‘Smarter Faster Better’ explains human behavior

With his latest book, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg joins the likes of Malcolm Gladwell in helping us better understand our world and ourselves. "Smarter Faster Better" seeks to uncover