14 Books We Read This Week

‘The Song of the Cell’ Review: Fantastic Voyage Within

Within the confines of the cell wall, a minute world upon which all life depends. Review by David A. Shaywitz

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‘The Passenger’ and ‘Stella Maris’: Cormac McCarthy returns

The author of ‘The Road’ brings a quantum mystery to his funny fiction. Review by Sam Sacks

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Two books on the Vatican in the world

Comments on ‘Catholicism: A Global History from the French Revolution to Pope Francis’ and ‘Sanctifying the World: The Critical Legacy of Vatican II.’ Comment by DG Hart

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‘Sidney Reilly’ Review: Spying on His Own Service

The ethically sensitive undercover agent and occasional con artist was the inspiration for James Bond. Review by Diane Cole

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‘Confession’ Review: More Than Dust

While other writers of his generation cut a fine line, AN Wilson dived deep into the books. Review by Brenda Cronin

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Mystery: House of Tooth and Claw

Andy Davidson’s terrifying ‘The Hollow Kind’, plus a mystery from Jussi Adler-Olsen and Robert Crais. Review by Tom Nolan

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‘Emily Post’s Etiquette’ Review: Please and Thank You

A hundred years ago, the woman who taught America in the 20th century still has lessons to share. Review by Meghan Cox Gurdon

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Science Fiction and Fantasy: Folk Horror’s Subtle Chills

Reviews of ‘Lute’ and ‘The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror.’ Review by Liz Braswell

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‘Sister’ Review: Siblings in Feelings

Contemporaries of Jane Austen, the Porter sisters pioneered the historical novel—though the credit went elsewhere. Review by Malcolm Forbes

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Top Five: Secret Love Books

Author Lyndall Gordon recently chose ‘The Hyacinth Girl: TS Eliot’s Secret Muse.’

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