The Homesick Composer

Sergei Rachmaninoff may have taken American citizenship in 1943, but his heart and soul remained in his Russian past

The Creature Eating Its Tail

From progress to death wish

Heavy Mettle

A story of oppression and resilience

To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul by Tracy K. Smith

Bodies Grotesque and Beautiful

Searching for aesthetics and meaning in the monstrous

Art Monsters: Unruly Female Bodies in Feminist Art by Lauren Elkin

Air Show

What the rise of an NBA superstar tells us about ourselves

Jumpman: The Making and Meaning of Michael Jordan by Johnny Smith

All Dolled Up

How American Girl transformed the doll world—and why millennials love it so

Thought Experimenters

Making sense of a broken world

The Visionaries: Arendt, Beauvoir, Rand, Weil, and the Power of Philosophy in Dark Times by Wolfram Eilenberger

The Late Bloomer

Reconstructing a private poet’s life

Nothing Stays Put: The Life and Poetry of Amy Clampitt by Willard Spiegelman

Naturalists Unknown

Lives marked by discovery and erasure

Mischievous Creatures: The Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science by Catherine McNeur

Down and Out

A woman excised from her eminent husband’s story

Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell’s Invisible Life by Anna Funder

Survival Situation

The debate over evolution and its discoverer

Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwinby Howard Markel

The Rescuer

In search of the Underground Railroad’s legendary conductor

Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free Peopleby Tiya Miles

Rhyme, Not Repetition

All that’s past isn’t necessarily present

When the Clock Broke: Con Men, Conspiracists, and How America Cracked Up in the Early 1990sby John Ganz

Facing the Facts

An antiquated take on antiquity

The Missing Thread: A Women’s History of the Ancient Worldby Daisy Dunn

We Are the Borg

Is the convergence of human and machine really upon us?

The Singularity Is Nearer: When We Merge with AIby Ray Kurzweil

Numbers Game

A novelist’s indictment of how we account for our history

Question 7by Richard Flanagan

Born to Be Wild

One founding family’s centuries-long journey

American Bloods: The Untamed Dynasty That Shaped a Nationby John Kaag


Indigenous civilizations thrived long before Europeans showed up

Native Nations: A Millennium in North Americaby Kathleen DuVal

Acting Out

One tortuous journey from stage to screen

Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?by Philip Gefter

Hometown Heroes

What if the goal is not to make it out of the neighborhood?

There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascensionby Hanif Abdurraqib


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