The unique use of history and science forms an accessible book on autism.
Caren Zucker and John Donovan, co-authors of In a Different Key.
Autism: few disorders generate more controversy, misinformation, and heated argument regarding causes, diagnoses, and treatment options. With more than 200,000 cases per year in the United States alone, autism has become a hot-button topic in the medical field. Though dozens of books about autism have been published in the past decade or so, few offer the combination of comprehensive history and context, in addition to coping and caregiving suggestions, that many parents crave.
In the past few months, there ...
The great new nonfiction of 2016
Despite record highs in many parts of the country over the past few weeks, soon it will be time to retreat indoors to ride out the January gloom. For most of the readers of this magazine, that means extended reading time. While January is never the most active publishing month, there are plenty of nonfiction treats for all reading tastes, including these five diverse selections:
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
In the acclaimed author’s latest, “a great ...
Another celebrity memoir?
Mary-Louise Parker photographed by Tina Turnbow
I must admit, when Mary-Louise Parker’s Dear Mr. You landed on my desk, I groaned audibly. Yet another actor with literary aspirations? Sure, I loved the talented actress’ work in Weeds and other projects, but over the years, I’ve seen far too many mediocre and unnecessary memoirs from entertainers to harbor any hopes for Parker’s book.
So I was pleasantly surprised by this “collection of never-sent literary missives to the men who have most influenced her personal development.” ...
“With the possible exception of Esquire, there has been no general-interest magazine in the history of American journalism more influential, and more packed with talent, than the New Yorker.” That’s how our critic opened his starred review of The 50s, the “superb” second installment of the New Yorker anthologies that began last year with The 40s, which we called “a book to be read, reread and savored.”
Without question, they’re both superlative collections of reportage and cultural criticism ...
First the disaster, then the books about the disaster
Katrina by Gary Rivlin
When natural disasters strike, clusters of books usually follow. That was certainly the case after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005. While a handful of books ably navigated the immediate effects of the hurricane and its aftermath, it usually takes years to fully digest and comprehend such catastrophes.
Ten years later, the city may have recovered more impressively than expected, but emotions are still raw, and there is plenty of work to be done. In contextualizing the entire ...
Some of this fall’s most exciting nonfiction
Our Aug. 15 issue contained our annual Fall Preview, which spotlighted 30 significant nonfiction books publishing during the fall season. I also further highlighted a few personal favorites, including Jay Parini’s Empire of Self, Scott Shane’s Objective Troy, and Patti Smith’s M Train. However, given the number of upcoming high-quality releases, I wanted to go back to the well and point out another handful of books worthy of your attention, with quotes from the Kirkus reviews.
Negroland by Margo ...
Our nonfiction editor previews a few upcoming fall books.
A few columns ago, I lamented the lack of intriguing books released in the summer months, particularly July. With the fall season, we have the opposite problem, as an abundance of big names grace the pages of publishers’ catalogs over the next few months, including, among dozens of others, Simon Winchester, Richard Dawkins, Stacy Schiff, Gloria Steinem, Susan Cheever, Jay Winik, Elizabeth Gilbert, and even Mark Twain. Check out our Fall Preview for full reviews of 30 nonfiction books to ...
Ta-Nehisi Coates' BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME Arrives at Just the Right Moment
Ta-Nehisi Coates photographed by Nina Subin.
On June 17, my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, endured one of the most horrific mass murders in recent memory. In addition to the unimaginable grief of each of the victims’ families and friends, the tragedy was also a devastating blow to the city’s collective psyche (especially given that we were only a couple months removed from the Walter Scott shooting), and many of us were worried about enduring further turmoil similar to that in Baltimore earlier this summer.