A Sciencey Take on Time Travel Needn't Break Your Brain

Time travel isn't possible, says science, unless some currently unimaginable things happen. But don't let that dim your pleasure in the fantasy. An expert guide helps.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.

Time Travel: When "Be Here Now" Isn't Enough

There's something compelling about time travel novels in which characters go back in time to change or fix the past. Here are a few new books—and worlds—to try out.

6 Ways to Convince People to Do What You Want

If you want to become more influential, take the time to craft a message that's persuasive.

Giving Voice to Grief in a Novel Way

A doctor imagines cloning his lost son to keep him alive in the minds of his debut novel's readers. This Q&A with the author explains the why and the how.

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain: 9 Creative Tips

One of these new guides for creatives may offer you the precise bit of advice you need to engage with the work that means the world to you.

What Makes These 6 New Novels Unforgettable?

You probably don't remember every book you read. A novel sticks when characters are so real, emotions so genuine, that you experience the story as though an actual witness to it.

Clear Thinking About Decluttering: 8 Insights

Like diet books, books about how to clean out our clutter are always popular. What's the fascination, and why can't we "just do it" once and for all?

Write Better by Thinking Like a Fox

Two new novels demonstrate, by showing not telling, how to get into the mind of some unusual characters.

7 Tips from Elder Creatives on the Joy of Working

Worried you'll someday lose your passion and your ability to come up with fresh ideas for your creative work? Twenty still-working over-80s tell how they do it.

Character Counts in a Novel's Pages

If the characters who people a book, no matter how wildly offbeat, don't feel real, readers may lose interest. Plot is definitely not everything. Character counts.

7 Strategies for Becoming More Productive

Whatever your aims, you can use these fresh, practical exercises and insights to work smarter, faster, and with less stress.

Who Dares Speak Honestly About Unbelief?

Being an activist for a popular cause is easy. Speaking up for a cause that by its nature offends many people takes courage. Some new books tell the truth about atheism.

Why You Shouldn't Ask "What's It About?"

When you ask about a novel, 'What's it about?" you risk missing a chance to be surprised. It's not what, but how things happen, that makes all the difference.

5 Fun Ways to Make Great Ideas Flock to You

Be contrary, never ignore a hunch, and more than 50 other creatively illustrated mind-openers in a new book will motivate writers and artists. Here are 5 examples.

Are You Smarter Than a Self-Driving Car?

A fun new look at an old problem: Should the driver of a runaway tram sure to kill five workmen redirect the tram to another track so that it kills only one workman?

How to Be Wiser Than Most People

It's fine to be smart, but to be wise, you need to know how to apply knowledge and insight to interactions with people. Biases and fallacies often get in the way of wise actions.

10 Proven Ways You Can Increase Intimacy

Imagine your relationship with your mate is like a friendly game of tug-of-war. Except you are not on opposite sides in this game. Either you both win or no one wins.

Novelists Handle Big Topics (and Grab Readers) with Finesse

Secrets fill the pages of suspenseful novels, while in real life, secrets cause real damage.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

3 New Books That Get Psychology Right

Books are best when they do more than one thing well. The ones reviewed here show that their authors understand human nature and can handle plot and setting with aplomb.

Creativity Translates Perfectly with the Right Subtitles

If you're seeking something new in the way of couch time, stimulate your brain by streaming a panorama of unfamiliar European mysteries, dramas, and more.

Why You Need a No-Fault Relationship

We want to be loved unreservedly, and we figure our mates should forgive our trivial imperfections. Yet we don't always give back that same unconditional affection.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

5 Fresh Ways to Meet the Challenge of Creativity

Experts take a fresh look at the research to focus on how the right degree of mental control and abstraction can optimize creativity, for individuals and teams.

Tickle Your Sense of Nostalgia

When you see images from books you read as a child, or read to your own kids when they were small, you may experience a particular kind of nostalgia. Here's a beautiful book for grown-ups that can do that for you...

Pages