Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

A new historical thriller hearkens back to the sensation novels of the 1860s, offering up a twisty tale of murder and madness. But can it live up to its predecessors?

Jung-leland

Jung-leland

Bruce Springsteen’s therapist was one of the inspirations for his memoir Born to Run. Does the book help him make sense of his transformation from wild and innocent rock ‘n’ roller to millionaire icon?

It Happened in Two Mills

It Happened in Two Mills

A keenly felt nostalgia mixes with themes of race, loneliness, and forgiveness in Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter.

The Magus of Dreams

The Magus of Dreams

Victorian author Thomas DeQuincey will forever be known mainly as the author of the fantastic Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, but a vivid new biography introduces readers to the man behind the masterpiece.

Stolen From Life: An Interview with Jack Kohl

Stolen From Life: An Interview with Jack Kohl

Michael Johnson interviews Jack Kohl, a Juilliard-trained pianist who also finds challenge and inspiration in writing fiction.

A Year with the Tudors II: “You Are My Grace”

A Year with the Tudors II: “You Are My Grace”

Jane Seymour is in many ways the most elusive of all the wives of King Henry VIII, dying just weeks after giving the king his longed-for male heir. A new novel delves into the human connection between Henry and his third wife.

It’s a Mystery: “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

It’s a Mystery: “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

January sees an electrifying duo: A stunning debut novel from Australia and an atmospheric noir thriller that matches the legacies of Chandler and Hammett.

From the Archives: The Fixer

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Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novel Wolf Hall recently won the Man-Booker Prize. Each part of that sentence was guaranteed to attract Steve Donoghue’s attention.

From the Archives: Paper Mausoleums

From the Archives: Paper Mausoleums

Rock music is all about inflaming the senses. Rock biographies, on the other hand, are built from facts and reasoned explanations. Matthew Stevens looks at a study of the life of Big Star frontman Alex Chilton, and wonders what fans can get out of it.

From the Archives: The Ghosts of Monmouth County

From the Archives: The Ghosts of Monmouth County

Bossophilia: The idolization of Bruce Springsteen that comes from midlife nostalgia and a fear of dying. Steve Danziger confronts the phenomenon, and a new biography.