This Week's Must Read
Apr 11, 2014 — This week saw celebrations of the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and revelation of the ZunZuneo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.
Mar 28, 2014 — In honor of the newly discovered planet, 2012 VP113, aka Biden, author Jason Sheehan recommends First Light by Richard Preston and Andy Weir suggests the short story "Flatlander," by Larry Niven.
Mar 21, 2014 — In honor of the NCAA tournament and the official start of spring, Lev Grossman recommends the timeless The Canterbury Tales, while Tim Lane looks to the sports bio, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich.
Mar 14, 2014 — After a week spent searching for and wondering about the missing plane, author Alan Heathcock revisits the young adult novel Hatchet, and Jonathan Evison suggests Songs for the Missing.
Mar 7, 2014 — Anthony Marra recommends Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman as a way to understand the events unfolding in Ukraine.
Feb 28, 2014 — While writer Anthony Marra sees literary links between Ukraine's past and present turmoil, conflict in Kiev and the arrest of the infamous "El Chapo" remind novelist Zachary Lazar of a Mexican author.
Feb 21, 2014 — In honor of the closing ceremonies in Sochi this weekend, author Lev Grossman recommends a classic read in the winter sports genre: Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Feb 14, 2014 — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced this week that he would retire at the end of the season. "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win. ... It's time for something new." Author Julia Keller saw the move as a poetic flourish on a long career.
Feb 7, 2014 — Emily Bazelon recommends a memoir about facing the danger and squalor of addiction and eventually overcoming it, while Abigail Deutsch ponders the love story at the heart of Edward St. Aubyn's novel Bad News: The one between a man and his drugs.
Jan 31, 2014 — Patty Chang Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals, and Lev Grossman reminds us that there is a Seussian storm comparable to the one that shut down Atlanta this week.