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Open Book: Immersive History 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:06 GMT 
    David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.








The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:50 GMT 
    New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.








Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:02 GMT 
    In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.








Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:55 GMT 
    Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.








‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:18 GMT 
    A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.








‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:07 GMT 
    Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.








‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:38:09 GMT 
    The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.








Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’ 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:59 GMT 
    In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.








Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:46 GMT 
    Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.








‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:26 GMT 
    In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.








‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:33:15 GMT 
    A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.






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