Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, with its intriguing and evocative title, was an international bestseller that fed Western readers’ appetite for learning about life under a fundamentalist regime. Her new book, The Republic of Imagination, bears some of the hallmarks of that success—literary criticism blended with personal history—but it flips the equation, offering an assessment of Nafisi’s adopted country (she became an American citizen in 2008) through the lens of her passion for literature.
This month's best new mysteries include a riveting cold case, a grisly discovery at an old playhouse, another novel of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and a thrilling case set in Thailand.
Three novels exploring the confines of art and artistry make great picks for reading groups this month.
This month's Lifestyles column features paper-based projects, inventive ways to wrap packages and a guide to DIY home decor.
A moving memoir, a fast-paced Irish thriller and a finely-crafted collection of short stories make for great listening this month.
Three books following unconventional lives make great picks for reading groups this month.
This month's best new mysteries include a tale of British espionage, a thriller featuring a difficult main character and a story of a South African winery weekend gone awry.
True crime at a high-profile vineyard, a historical novel centered around a French couple's shared love of great art and the newest Inspector Gamache mystery make for great reading this month.
In our media-saturated Age of Celebrity, it can be hard to fathom that there was once a time when people were not famous merely for being famous. While today we think of Oscar Wilde as an eminent playwright and novelist, he was one of the first self-made public figures, who crafted his persona and gained widespread renown long before he had done anything of much note. An early impetus behind his fame was a lecture tour he made to the United States in 1882, when he was only 27 years old and the author of one tepidly reviewed, self-published volume of verse.
This month's best romances feature a saucy courtroom affair, a paranormal fairy tale and a Scottish spinster who finds an unlikely match in a charming prince.