The absorbing tale of the wildly variant ways commentators over the centuries have interpreted God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.
Bleakly intense and grief-racked for the novelist, her memoir of her deceased brother is, for a reader, simply beautiful, still and moving in even measure.
The disastrous demographic results of a 50-year bender in Russia, detailed through the story arc of a dissident Orthodox priest under Communism.
An unsettlingly brilliant book that flirts with atrocity porn, even as it looks at war crimes through the eyes of an exceptional group of war criminals.
An eye-opening demonstration of just how modern the supposedly premodern world was, from Tehran to the Canadian boomtown of Winnipeg.
The real story of the infamous Milgram experiments—test subjects applying electric shocks to others—is more compelling than the original event.
A gifted storyteller meets awesome material: Lucky Lindy, Al Capone, Babe Ruth and the perversely entertaining Calvin Coolidge.
Maclean’s political editor takes the long view, illuminating how Stephen Harper aims to last long enough in office to permanently remake this country.
Essays about tenant farmers written in 1941 serve as a timeless depiction of poverty and social injustice.
A son grapples to solve his father’s mysterious death in this poignant memoir.
An exuberant, wry and oddly wholesome homage to bar culture from a female perspective.
The story of an autistic toddler who became a genius-level teenage physics prodigy, and of his mother’s audacious theories about how learning happens.
The richest and most heartfelt available study of the Midwestern culture that gave rise to the great and doomed jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.
The British conductor produces a biography that concentrates on Bach’s Lutheran faith and the music that preoccupied him—dozens of choral cantatas.
A married British geneticist is on trial for murder alongside her lover. Every page bristles with menace.
This masterful morality tale skewers mid-life malaise in modern America.
The story of a bullied teen and a writer who herself is adrift weaves a spell that pulls on the heartstrings.
A beautifully rendered tale about 12 men who have gathered for a secret council.
As two Dutch couples at a swank restaurant discuss their children, the story twists in unforeseeable ways.
This vivid novel captures a brief, violent and historically decisive moment in 17th-century Ontario.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013