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The Blackwell Sisters and the Harrowing History of 2021-01-25 06:00:00A new biography of the pioneering doctors shows why “first” can be a tricky designation.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2021-01-25 06:00:00“The Liar’s Dictionary,” “Outlawed,” “Aftershocks,” and “Café Europa Revisited”

What Are the Cultural Revolution’s Lessons for Our 2021-01-25 06:00:00The great question of China’s Maoist experiment now looms over the United States: Why did a powerful society suddenly start destroying itself?

How to Make Sense of Scents 2021-01-25 06:00:00Can language ever capture the mysterious world of smells?

Lauren Groff on the Aftershocks of Violence 2021-01-25 06:00:00The author discusses “The Wind,” her story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

Sunday Reading: A Sense of Place 2021-01-24 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: stories about how the concept of home has shifted over time.

“Kink” Confronts the Challenge of Turning Sex Into 2021-01-23 06:00:00In this ambitious anthology, short stories sit at various intersections of smolder and technical accomplishment.

What Happens When You Breathe 2021-01-18 06:00:00Our lungs sustain a delicate equilibrium in our bodies, while exposing us to a world that seems increasingly out of balance.

Can We See Past the Myth of the 2021-01-18 06:00:00The history of the high-altitude landscape is more complicated, and more turbulent, than adventure tales can capture.

Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens? 2021-01-18 06:00:00An eminent astrophysicist argues that signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life have appeared in our skies. What’s the evidence

Allegra Goodman on the Parents of Teens 2021-01-18 06:00:00The author discusses “A Challenge You Have Overcome,” her story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern 2021-01-18 06:00:00In a new book, Alicia Garza writes, “We can’t be afraid to establish a base that is larger than the people we feel comfortable with.&rdquo

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The first drops in a deluge of ‘Great New! 2021-01-26 18:01:51With the famous novel in the public domain as of January 2021, anyone can put out their own spin on the famous novel. But should they?

Escape into mystery with January 2021 audiobooks New! 2021-01-26 17:44:18From California to Paris to Ireland, listening to these audiobooks whisks you away on a world mystery tour.

‘You Are Not American’ confronts US citizenship policies 2021-01-25 17:23:50The U.S. government has sought to deny citizenship during times of anxiety and unrest in America’s history.

‘Robert E. Lee and Me’ dismantles Confederate mythology 2021-01-25 16:33:57Historian and retired brigadier general Ty Seidule issues a full-throated indictment of the “Lost Cause” and dethrones the Confederate gen

The Windsor saga: Two peerless books on the 2021-01-21 11:26:18The British monarchy survived an abdication crisis in the 1930s, but will the institution last beyond Queen Elizabeth II’s reign?

Lawyer trades New Jersey for Tinseltown – and 2021-01-21 10:20:59She thought the move to Los Angeles would give her perspective. Instead, it gave her pineapple pizza, big egos, and a mystery to solve.

‘Big Girl, Small Town’ marks the small victories 2021-01-19 16:43:21In a small town in Northern Ireland, a girl working in a chip shop is thinking, noticing, and persevering with an unflagging sense of decency.

New year, new reading list: The 10 best 2021-01-19 14:27:39A fresh start begins with new books on everything from “divorce ranches” in Nevada, to a school in Senegal, to an internment camp in remot

In ‘The Opium Prince,’ the personal plays out 2021-01-13 15:13:46In late-1970s Afghanistan, an agent of America's war on drugs must grapple with his conscience after committing an unforgivable act.

‘Wild Minds’ explores the creative landscape of early 2021-01-13 15:00:38Walt Disney enjoys unparalleled recognition for his animated movies. But others in the field were willing to take even more risks.

Forced into camps, Japanese Americans found respite in 2021-01-13 11:04:01In “The Eagles of Heart Mountain,” Bradford Pearson provides a compelling and necessary history of Japanese American incarceration in Worl

‘Yellow Wife’ takes a hard look at choices 2021-01-13 10:27:35A young, half-white enslaved woman must contend with horrendous decisions as she attempts to preserve what little family she has left.

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The Imperfect and Sublime ‘Gatsby’ 2021-01-21 07:53:32I’m a late bloomer. So I can’t help but admire the blue flame of prodigy. It took me eleven years to publish my first novel. A debut at ag

Rain 2021-01-21 07:00:25Maybe the trees won’t impress someonelooking for June or a new lover.There are people ahead carrying flowers,unaware of our many mistakes.Let me

‘My Eyes Are Infamously Greedy’ 2021-01-21 07:00:00Tokyo in the 1960s—shadowy, dazzling, and flooded with life—was photographed without rest. A profusion of Japanese optical companies, many

Life in a Glass House 2021-01-21 07:00:001. Conventional wisdom holds that the most enticing way to introduce architecture to a lay audience is through the human element that animates this mo

‘A Very Lonely Business’ 2021-01-21 07:00:00Whenever I pick up a new book by a woman I check the author biography on the back flap to see whether she has children. I’m not entirely sure wh

A Taste for the Difficult 2021-01-21 07:00:00Charles Rosen’s first review in these pages appeared just over fifty years ago, in the February 26, 1970, issue, and it was an absolute stinker.

Inheriting Hunger 2021-01-21 07:00:00In the late 1860s Émile Zola decided he wanted to write something on a scale equal to his colossal ambition. He had already published a few nov

A Sickness in the Air 2021-01-21 07:00:00“Are you actually a woman?” the magazine editor Chloe Schama asked Rumaan Alam a few years ago during an interview for Vogue. Her joke ref

Chemical Warfare’s Home Front 2021-01-21 07:00:00What is often called “the first use of weapons of mass destruction” took place on April 22, 1915, near the town of Ypres, in western Belgi

To Err Is Poetic 2021-01-21 07:00:00Everybody makes mistakes; only some of them become canonical. John Keats’s “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” is one of t

Medicine Is Made for Men 2021-01-21 07:00:00On September 24, 2010, Michelle Pfleger, a champion equestrian, former varsity cheerleader, and freshman at Elon University in North Carolina collapse

Chronicle of a Death Ignored 2021-01-21 07:00:00There are no true stories; there are only facts, and the stories we tell ourselves about those facts. —We Keep the Dead Close Mystery, like unre


Maurice Chammah Charts The History Of The Death 2021-01-23 07:53:26NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Maurice Chammah, staff writer for the Marshall Project and author of a new book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fal

Biography Traces Political Mistakes And Personal Scars That 2021-01-22 13:51:47Evan Osnos talks about Joe Biden's enduring quest to become president. He says Biden has a different mindset today than he once had: "He's a man wh

As 19th Century Females, Sisters In 'The Doctors 2021-01-21 14:58:00Historian Janice P. Nimura tells the story of America's first and third certified women doctors and the role these sisters played in building medical

After Inaugural Performance, Poet Amanda Gorman Tops The 2021-01-21 12:48:14Gorman's debut poetry collection and an illustrated kids' book are first and second on the list — on the strength of pre-orders, since both ti

Just Move: Scientist Author Debunks Myths About Exercise 2021-01-21 12:39:00Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman says the concept of "getting exercise" is relatively new. His new book, Exercised, examines why we run, lift an

A Different Day: A 2021 Poetry Preview, Part 2021-01-21 10:00:24Poetry helps us express feelings that don't fit neatly into sentences; confusion and fear but also hope and joy. Here's the second installment of ou

In 'Remote Control,' Drones Fly Over The Yam 2021-01-20 10:00:24Nnedi Okorafor's multi-faceted new novella follows a young girl in a near-future version of Ghana who becomes the Adopted Daughter of Death — b

'White Freedom' Examines The Tandem Development Of The 2021-01-20 09:34:00Tyler Stovall writes white freedom is "the belief (and practice) that freedom is central to white racial identity, and that only white people can or

Historian Tyler Stovall Discusses His New Book: 'White 2021-01-20 05:04:00NPR's Noel King talks to Tyler Stovall about his book: White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea. It traces the complex relationship between freed