Apr 16, 2014 — The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."
Apr 11, 2014 — Is banning sugar from your home to chronicle the effects on your family a gimmick veiled in a health halo? Actually, there's a lot to learn from a memoir of obsessive label-reading and weird baking.
Apr 8, 2014 — At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.
Apr 8, 2014 — Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
Apr 5, 2014 — Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."
Apr 3, 2014 — Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."
Apr 2, 2014 — The Viennese writer was once one of the world's most translated authors, but after his death he was forgotten — until now. Wes Anderson credits Zweig's writing at the end of his latest film.
Apr 1, 2014 — "There's a lot of embroidery in this book ... " Midler says. "It's all lies, except for like 10 percent." A new edition of A View From a Broad, originally published in 1980, is out this week.
Mar 31, 2014 — Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.
Mar 27, 2014 — Music journalist Holly George-Warren's new book traces the troubled life and backwards career arc of Big Star's Alex Chilton. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book is a poignant and forthright portrait.