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Making It

MEMOIR

Making It

Reviewed by Christopher Byrd ×

Ambition, code switching, envy and obsession: revisiting Norman Podhoretz's memoir "Making It," writes Christopher Byrd, reveals not just a portrait, but a mirror....
Joshua Ferris on the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Interviews

Joshua Ferris on the Stories We Tell Ourselves

A Conversation with Bill Tipper ×

"Fictions get put into people," says the author of "Then We Came to the End" and "The Dinner Party." A conversation with Bill Tipper.
House of Names

FICTION

House of Names

Reviewed by Steven G. Kellman ×

The author of "The Master" and "Brooklyn" takes on one of the greatest and most wrenching stories out of classical myth -- the crime and punishment of the House of Atreus.
Havana

CULTURAL HISTORY

Havana

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

Mark Kurlansky takes his idiosyncratic approach to history on a trip to Cuba's fabled capital. Review by Peter Lewis.
Patricia Lockwood Finds Her Calling

INTERVIEW

Patricia Lockwood Finds Her Calling

A Conversation with Amy Gall ×

The pioneering poet and memoirist on her new book "Priestdaddy," and how a confrontation with religious orthodoxy gave her a model for her own vocation. A conversation with Amy Gall.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

CRIME

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

David Grann looks back at a string of sinister deaths that plagued Oklahoma's Osage community in the 1920s. Review by Peter Lewis.
Not a Path, But a Labyrinth: Claire Dederer’s “Love and Trouble”

PROFILE

Not a Path, But a Labyrinth: Claire Dederer’s “Love and Trouble”

By David L. Ulin ×

In a coruscating new memoir, the author of "Poser" takes on the mysteries of love, desire, fidelity and marriage -- but finds no easy answers. Profile by David L. Ulin.
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

NATURAL HISTORY

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

A new book looks at what the Colorado River system means for the United States -- and how that might change, permanently. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

BEYOND CATEGORY

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

What does it mean to remove a place from the map? In Filip Springer's work of imaginative reconstruction, a once-vital town -- wracked by the trauma of war and worse -- is reconstructed from...
“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

SHORT STORIES

“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

Profile by David L. Ulin ×

In Deb Olin Unferth's writing, the only thing you can count on is that nothing is predictable. The result, writes David Ulin, is fiction as surprising and exciting as life itself.
Six Encounters with Lincoln

AMERICAN HISTORY

Six Encounters with Lincoln

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

In her final book, a historian looks to take an objective measure of the administration of an American icon. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

DAYBOOK

“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

By Steve King ×

A transcendental stroll with Henry David and Ralph Waldo.