Top Story Collections: A Quintet of Award-Winning Women Authors

It is difficult to single out a few stories in a collection as good as Hadley’s; Hall deserves a closer look for her beguiling collection; Hunt admirers will find much to love; Lively’s gifts have only ripened with age; if readers are meeting Simpson for the first time, these engaging selections are an excellent place to begin

Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog 2015

From a double biography of two of the 20th century’s most famous women (Karin Wieland’s Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, Liveright: Norton, Oct.) to an ambitious 900-page debut novel set in 1970s New York City (Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, Knopf, Oct.), many of the key forthcoming fall […]

Sleeping Beauty Retold, an Unusual Coming-of-Age Tale, Dystopic Noir | Fiction

Reviews of While Beauty Slept, Clever Girl, and Shovel Ready, plus a full list of Fiction titles from the December 2013 issue.

Living, Dying, Surviving, and Striving | What We’re Reading

This week we’re traveling via books to Florida, Iwo Jima, China, England, even Omaha, NE