War and Peace. The very title incites both awe and no small measure of dread in many a reader’s heart. Indisputably one of the major achievements of the western literary canon—many would argue the greatest—Tolstoy’s masterwork is daunting in length and scope. At some 1,500 pages (depending on the typeface, of course), divided into 361 chapters, with nearly 600 characters, its sprawling narrative spans the eight years of Napoleon’s 1805-1812 invasion of Russia and beyond. It is a perennial bestseller, but how many who buy it actually read it?
This month's best new romances feature a nail-biting FBI investigation, a stubborn earl's daughter and an unlikely pair at a mountain resort.
This month's Lifestyles column encourages hands-on scientific exploration for children and adults alike.
An espionage thriller, a touching beach read and a perceptive new novel from Michael Cunningham make for great listening.
Three of the most highly anticipated novels from 2013 are now available in paperback, and they're sure to spark discussion in your reading group.
This month's best new cookbooks feature homemade ice creams, marinades for summer grilling and fruit-focused recipes for every season.
The best new mysteries take readers around the globe—from the Somali coast to Bankgkok, Barcelona and New York City.
Consider one of these novels—now out in paperback—for your book club's next read.
Listen up! With finance, mystery and historical fiction titles, this month's audio column has something for everyone.
In our 21st-century world, it seems disarmingly quaint that an entire printing of Dubliners was destroyed in 1912 for being obscene because James Joyce dared to use the colloquialism “bloody.” In the ensuing years, high-minded censors in both Britain and America continued to attack Joyce’s work, striving to keep his magnum opus, Ulysses, out of the hands of readers. Conventional minds were shocked by the book’s candid depictions of sexual and scatological matters and the “filthy” language Joyce used to portray them. The censors had the upper hand at first, but their campaign ultimately backfired, as the legal challenge to publish and distribute Ulysses transformed the culture and the laws that had tried to control it.