An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”
By STEPHEN JARVIS
The work that made Charles Dickens famous is the basis for a multilayered debut novel of 19th-century life and letters. Review by Adam Kirsch
Two novels “that exactly fill the season’s indefinable requirements” of engaging humor and coastal views. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Greil Marcus’s month in review: Rihanna and the Splash Brothers triumph, while other national idols are called into question.
The author of “Blackout” talks with Amy Benfer about the cost of alcoholism, “the gray zone of consent,” and her memoir of addiction.
Essential reading selected by the author of “Blackout”.
Close-knit French cohorts examine the sacred nature of friendship within their shared lives, in the latest from the author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Joke”.
Fun new works from Jo Walton, Joanne M. Harris, and Martin Millar each place deities of the ancient world into modern narratives.
A woman on the run manuevers her way through the roughest patches of Scotland, armed with laconic wit and the will to survive.
20 years ago this week: the U.S. and Russia form the International Space Station, and with it “a new era of friendship and cooperation.”
65 years ago this week: the start of the Korean War, “a puzzling, gray, very distant conflict.”
An aviator’s memoir of life above the clouds, and what it says about our relation to heavens and Earth. Review by Peter Lewis.
A trio of novelists from around the globe talk about what it means to write across languages, cultures and history. A Discover Great New Writers event.
Vladimir Nabokov began his literary career in the world of Russian exiles in Paris. But it was the U.S. that gave him his most enduring subject. Review by Alex Beam.
A jailed drug kingpin and a former DEA agent-turned-beekeeper face off amidst the sprawling violence of the drug trade. Review by Anna Mundow.
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