• Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

    Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

    By FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND

    How the godfather of Romanticism posthumously published his legendary history of Napoleonic France. Review by Adam Kirsch.

  • Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

    Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

    The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”

  • Do Not Sell at Any Price

    Do Not Sell at Any Price

    By AMANDA PETRUSICH

    A pursuit of music’s rarest recordings, from the fringes of the past to the bottom of the sea. Review by Colin Fleming.

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LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS

From Out of the Depths: The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson

From Out of the Depths: The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson

How a former sailor and bodybuilder became a pioneer of dark fantasy. Essay by Michael Dirda.

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Tigerman

Tigerman

By NICK HARKAWAY

An army man turned superhero patrols an island recalling Bogart’s Casablanca and Burroughs’s Interzone. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

FIVE BOOKS

Small Towns

Small Towns

American stories: pastoral, fearsome, and profound.

Posted by × July 29, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Mr. Gwyn

Mr. Gwyn

This excerpt from Alessandro Baricco’s new novel finds a famous writer drafting intense portraits, with surreal results.

Posted by × July 29, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty

The author of Big Little Lies on books that offer childlike wonder.

Posted by × July 29, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Lucky Us

Lucky Us

By AMY BLOOM

The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability. Review by Heller McAlpin.

Posted by × July 28, 2014 ×

FIVE BOOKS

Cycling

Cycling

As the Tour de France closes, we spin through the best books on bikes.

Posted by × July 25, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Leavetaking

Leavetaking

By PETER WEISS

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

Posted by × July 25, 2014 ×

ROCK & ROLL &

Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

By BOB STANLEY

A transatlantic view of pop music’s cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.

Posted by × July 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Agostino

Agostino

By ALBERTO MORAVIA

A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.

Posted by × July 24, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin

The author of The Fortune Hunter on her favorite novels of history.

Posted by × July 23, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

All Those Vanished Engines

All Those Vanished Engines

By PAUL PARK

An iconoclast’s tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × July 23, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Green Girl

Green Girl

By KATE ZAMBRENO

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

Posted by × July 23, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Arts & Entertainments

Arts & Entertainments

By CHRISTOPHER BEHA

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

Posted by × July 21, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad

By JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

Posted by × July 18, 2014 ×