• The Fishermen

    The Fishermen

    By CHIGOZIE OBIOMA

    The ill-fated travails of a Nigerian banker’s family make for the best novel Katherine A. Powers has read this year.

  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

    Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

    By JON KRAKAUER

    The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” looks at a national problem through one city’s history of sexual violence. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.

  • The Sensational Guy Boothby

    The Sensational Guy Boothby

    Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.

Latest Posts

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

Struggle to Be Heard

In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.

Posted by × April 29, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

By KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD; Translated by DON BARTLETT

The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Sweet Nothing

Sweet Nothing

By RICHARD LANGE

In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Affinities

The Affinities

By ROBERT CHARLES WILSON

A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

American Warlord: A True Story

American Warlord: A True Story

By JOHNNY DWYER

How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Workers, From the Neck Up

Workers, From the Neck Up

This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life

By OLIVER SACKS

In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.

Posted by × April 27, 2015 ×

ESSAY

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.

Posted by × April 24, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

By BRIAN FAGAN

The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Amelia Gray: Twisted Heartstrings

Amelia Gray: Twisted Heartstrings

In her new story collection, the author heads to dark places to find love, and the humor in that which makes us mortal. A conversation with Beca Grimm.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

Academy Street

Academy Street

By MARY COSTELLO

An exiled Irish girl turned émigré mother of New York lives a full life in just under 150 pages. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Falling in Love

Falling in Love

By DONNA LEON

In the twenty-fourth novel of his cases, Commissario Guido Brunetti encounters old acquaintances with bad intentions.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

NOIR

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

The series of London crime novels famously adapted for Michael Caine, and a rediscovered gem from its creator.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

When the Well’s Dry

When the Well’s Dry

45 years ago this week, Earth Day brought a rallying cry to a global crisis of responsibility and preservation.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×