• Small Towns

    Small Towns

    American stories: pastoral, fearsome, and profound.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Tigerman

Tigerman

By NICK HARKAWAY

An army man turned superhero patrols an island recalling Bogart’s Casablanca and Burroughs’s Interzone.

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REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Mr. Gwyn

Mr. Gwyn

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

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GUEST BOOKS

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty

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

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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.

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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 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness

Favorite fictional families from the creator of the All Souls trilogy.

Posted by × July 16, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Most Dangerous Book

The Most Dangerous Book

By KEVIN BIRMINGHAM

How the novel often called the greatest of all time nearly failed to see the light of day.

Posted by × July 16, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Indonesia, Etc.

Indonesia, Etc.

By ELIZABETH PISANI

A tour through the world’s most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

Posted by × July 16, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

More Curious

More Curious

In an essay from his new book, Sean Wilsey finds the ghost of Dostoyevsky hiding in West Texas.

Posted by × July 15, 2014 ×