Apr 24, 2014 — The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
Apr 24, 2014 — With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.
Apr 24, 2014 — Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.
Apr 24, 2014 — Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.
Apr 23, 2014 — Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.
Apr 23, 2014 — Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.
Apr 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
Apr 22, 2014 — The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.
Apr 22, 2014 — Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.
Apr 22, 2014 — Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.