Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, by David Talbot, Chronicle Books, 176 pages, $22.95
EXCERPT

What It’s Like to Have a Stroke

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of my Stroke, author David Talbot takes us through his experience.

Heidi Van Horn describes her new work, Belated Poem, as "an investigation of the interior world: consciousness, memory, the complexities of selfhood."
ALTA ASKS

Talking with Heidi Van Horn

The poet’s book-length work explores our interior lives by mixing words and photographs.

BOOKS

Alta Contributors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2019

Who better to recommend books than those who've penned some of our favorites? We asked Alta contributors and writers to share their favorite reads of 2019. 

Author Joan Didion has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama, and the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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EXCERPT

On the Morning After the Sixties

Joan Didion has been one of California’s most acute observers since the early 1960s; in such books as Slouching Towards ...

ART & PHOTOS

Art and Photo Picks

Art and activism from California’s Native Americans and a celebration of the state’s iconic redwoods.

Terry Tempest Williams stares down both love and loss in her latest book, Erosion—a collection of essays that are as relentless as they are tender and absolutely unwilling to “look away from all that is breaking our hearts.”
CHERYL HIMMELSTEIN
NONFICTION

The End of the World As We Know It

In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams bears unflinching witness to what gets stripped away.

Téa Obreht’s second novel, Inland—which follows her Orange Prize–winning debut, The Tiger’s Wife—offers an epic reinterpretation of the American West and its mythic origin stories.
ILAN HAREL
FICTION

Téa Obreht Unravels the Myth of the West

Téa Obreht’s second novel, Inland, an epic tale of love and loss that offers an alternative view of the foundations ...