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Ann Goldstein Elena Ferrante has a new novel. Here, its translator recommends her favorite books about Italy

Bleeding Love The author of a new book on American poet E. E. Cummings reveals the wartime love affair that fueled some of his most moving work

August 25, 2020

Flights of Fancy For Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz, the best writing—and reading—offers an escape

Marriage Story Stanley Kubrick’s biographer uncovers the driving force behind The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut: a roller-coaster relationship with a beautiful, mercurial dancer

The Right Stuff Reimagining the life of Lucille Ball, a new book evokes the star’s groundbreaking influence and evergreen coolness

August 18, 2020

Heart of Stone The life of Confederate general Albert Pike, a member of the Freemasons, offers a new look at the secret brotherhood

Kurt Andersen Out with a new “recent history” of America, the writer suggests four books that helped influence his own work

War Games In 1946, John Hersey revealed the Hiroshima cover-up to the world. A new book tells how he got the scoop

Back to the Future Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s book Future Shock, published a half-century ago, got a lot right about our current times

In Search of Lost Pianos A journey to Siberia reveals the life of a 19th-century Russian princess who, in extreme isolation, found solace in music