The origin story of Lou Reed, from Long Island wiseass to victim of electroshock therapy to tutelage under the poet Delmore Schwartz.

Some nonfiction gems in an off year for fiction, when current events overshadow everything.

By Bruce Buschel
Joe Hagan presents Jann Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone and master chronicler of his fellow baby boomers, as a brilliant, hugely ambitious, and deeply insecure man riven by contradictory impulses.

Boy, do we miss Kurt Vonnegut, that shambling, head down, creased-face man in the beat-up raincoat who loved the world, and was broken by the foolish people who were trampling it underfoot.

A brilliant chemist, a president of Harvard, a leader of the Manhattan Project, and a top Cold War diplomat. Meet James B. Conant.
T.E. McMorrow will sign copies of “The Nutcracker in Harlem,” his new picture book, at two Books of Wonder locations in Manhattan on Sunday.
Temporal slippage, a birthmark, and visions of a David ("Cloud Atlas") Mitchell adventure for young readers.
Social observation, city atmosphere, and a highly sexual, white-collar hero: Colin Harrison is back with another New York noir.
One essential aspect of the women’s suffrage movement — the role men played in helping sway history — has been largely overlooked. Not anymore.
Virginia Walker's empathy-themed poetry contest? We have the winners . . .
Paul Moschetta's psychological thriller offers an insider’s knowledge of the abuse that exists in mental institutions.

By Bernard Goldhirsch