The historian and author of Utopia for Realists says that research shows that "especially in times of crisis, we show our best selves. And we get this explosion of altruism and cooperation."
Musician Mikel Jollett writes of his youngest years spent in the Synanon cult and how music helped him overcome these dark days; more on music as art or what ideas guide him would have been welcomed.
During a boyhood in the Philippines, Meredith Talusan received positive reactions to the white skin and blonde hair accompanying albinism. She found a different response as a trans woman in the U.S.
Porochista Khakpour's work is strongest when she turns the lens on herself to examine how she, too, is complicit; many essays here are just too tantalizingly brief to allow space for deep analysis.
Ivy Pochoda keeps up her focus on the overlooked and forgotten in her new novel. Here, it's a group of sex workers and club dancers whose lives are connected — and imperiled — by a serial killer.
While Suzanne Collins leaves readers uncertain of the answer to the question she poses in The Hunger Games — how much of character is innate, how much formed — it becomes painfully obvious here.
Journalist Lawrence Wright learned a lot about pandemics for his new thriller — and he packs it all into sometimes-clunky dialogue. But right now, all that information is exactly what readers want.
Knight has written a series of books about "mental decluttering" — her latest is called F*ck No! "Most people will take no for an answer much more easily than you think they will," she says.
Journalist and activist George M. Johnson's new memoir All Boys Aren't Blue is an unflinching account of growing up black and queer — from kindergarten bullies to unexpected college brotherhood.
The American photographer intimately documented the upheavals of the Great Depression. Now, amid the upheavals of the coronavirus, Lange's portraits of humanity and adversity still have a lot to say.
With few new books coming in, our kids' books columnist turns to the favorite reads of her childhood — beginning with the 19th-century classic Five Little Peppers and How They Grew.