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Somebody With a Little Hammer

ESSAYS

Somebody With a Little Hammer

Reviewed by Michelle Dean ×

When the writer Mary Gaitskill is mentioned, the word "dark" usually follows. That's a mistake, writes Michelle Dean.
Imagine Wanting Only This

GRAPHIC MEMOIR

Imagine Wanting Only This

Reviewed by Heller McAlpin ×

Kristin Radtke's graphic memoir grapples with the most essential -- and impossible to answer -- question: how do we face the ephemeral quality of our lives? Review by Heller McAlpin.
The Woman on the Stairs

FICTION

The Woman on the Stairs

Reviewed by Julia M. Klein ×

The mystery of an enigmatic portrait is at the heart of the new novel from the author of "The Reader." Review by Julia M. Klein.
One Touch of Nature: Beatrix Potter and the World She Made

LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS

One Touch of Nature: Beatrix Potter and the World She Made

Essay by Michael Dirda ×

A concise new life of the creator of Peter Rabbit and Pigling Bland illuminates a life devoted to the world her art and stories represent. Essay by Michael Dirda.
“The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender”

DAYBOOK

“The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender”

By Steve King ×

On Easter weekend in 1742, a packed house in Dublin heard the very first performance of a work whose chorus would come to stand for joyful celebration. By Steve King.
Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem

LIVES

Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem

Reviewed by Adam Kirsch ×

In the life of a pioneering Jewish scholar, George Prochnik finds connections of his family's own comeplex relation to his heritage and the city he loves. Review by Adam Kirsch.
Luther’s Children

AMERICAN HISTORY

Luther’s Children

By Hamilton Cain ×

Two recent books trace the roots and flowering of Protestantism and the rapid growth of its Evangelical branch in America. By Hamilton Cain.
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

TECHNOLOGY

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

If you're wondering why you are having such a hard time putting down your phone, Adam Alter's new book suggests that's by design. Review by Barbara Spindel.
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

HISTORY

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

In the "Affair of the Poisons," a decade-long scandal of sex, murder and wild conspiracy ran through Louis XIV's like a fever. Review by Tom Carson.
A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

DAYBOOK

A Fearful Thing: America Enters the First World War

By Steve King ×

A century ago, the United States entered the first of the twentieth century's global conflicts, with permanent results. By Steve King.
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

ESSAYS

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

An author's notes on an emotional voyage -- one that puts distance between herself and the world around her. Review by Mark Athitakis.
Burn the Village Down: Melissa Febos on “Abandon Me”

INTERVIEW

Burn the Village Down: Melissa Febos on “Abandon Me”

A Conversation with Amy Gall ×

"There's something incredibly freeing about being hurt," says the author of the new memoir "Abandon Me." A conversation with Amy Gall.