During his lifetime, the poet Philip Larkin tried to manage his affairs, both personal and literary, mostly by saying no. A bachelor librarian who died...

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionBy Walter IsaacsonSimon & Schuster, 560 pages The microprocessor, that dirt-cheap computer on...

Lila: A NovelBy Marilynne RobinsonFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pages Marilynne Robinson’s phenomenal fourth novel (published 34 years after her first, Housekeeping) begins with a cast-out...

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel By Matthew Thomas Simon & Schuster, 640 pages Instead of going to the priest, the men who gathered at Doherty’s...

The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal CompassionBy William VoegeliBroadside Books, 273 pages “Compassion is not weakness,” Herbert Humphrey once argued, “and concern for the...

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global DisorderBy Bret StephensSentinel, 288 pages Although you can read the 288 pages of this well-researched, well-written,...

The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of ReaganBy Rick PerlsteinSimon & Schuster, 881 pages It would not be fair to Rick Perlstein...

Florence Gordon: A NovelBy Brian MortonHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages Florence Gordon, the cantankerous heroine of Brian Morton’s latest novel, wants to be alone. When the...

The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100By Zane KotkerLevellers Press, 268 pages Zane Kotker’s The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100 wonderfully...

The Witch-Hunt NarrativeBy Ross E. CheitOxford University Press, 508 pages In February 1984, a Los Angeles television reporter named Wayne Satz revealed that authorities were investigating...

Tennessee Wlliams is, with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, one of the three most highly regarded and best-known American playwrights. Throughout the first part of...

American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim GantBy Ann Scott TysonWilliam Morrow, 384 pages Nearly 13 years of war...