• Bob, Son of Battle

    Bob, Son of Battle

    By ALFRED OLLIVANT, in a new version by LYDIA DAVIS

    A classic story of sheepdogs and their masters, retuned for modern ears. Review by Alexandra Mullen.

  • New Selected Poems

    New Selected Poems

    By LES MURRAY

    The outlandish vision of an Australian poet. Review by Tess Taylor.

  • Dirty Work

    Dirty Work

    By GABRIEL WESTON

    A surgeon faces the consequences of a moment’s error. Review by Anna Mundow.

Latest Posts

GUEST BOOKS

Maya Banks

Maya Banks

The legendary romance author asks for your reading recommendations, and reveals why she loves “Relationships in Jeopardy.”

Posted by × August 19, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

This week in literary history: a crime fiction icon passes, Benny goes down swinging, and Pete Rose gets ejected.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

By PETER SCHNEIDER

A passionate guide to a city divided, reunited, and still evolving.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

A Piñata of Lies: Patricia Lockwood

A Piñata of Lies: Patricia Lockwood

The acclaimed poet on life in the Midwest, the freeing illegitimacy of Twitter, and what feminism means to her.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Last Stories and Other Stories

Last Stories and Other Stories

By WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN

A haunting collection of transcontinental horrors, from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central.

Posted by × August 15, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Montana Myths: Malcolm Brooks

Montana Myths: Malcolm Brooks

The author of Painted Horses on his high metabolism, learning from elders, and subverting myths of the American West. A Conversation with David Abrams.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

A Colder War

A Colder War

By CHARLES CUMMING

A disgraced MI6 agent is called back into the field after a colleague’s suspicious death.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Panic in a Suitcase

Panic in a Suitcase

By YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA

A Brighton Beach family’s saga bends Russian literary tradition into mordant modern comedy.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Invisible Bridge

The Invisible Bridge

By RICK PERLSTEIN

The author of Nixonland returns with a chronicle of post-Watergate despair, and the political rise of the man who promised deliverance.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

This week in reading history: the Model T rolls out, a Master of Suspense is born, and a canal’s debut spells sea change.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

By GRAHAM JOYCE

A late-summer story of a possibly haunted beach town is but the latest work in a career of atmospheric excellence.

Posted by × August 12, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

The author of Lucky Us on short stories linked by common characters and locales.

Posted by × August 12, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

By JAN SWAFFORD

An exceptional look at the volatile genius who wrote some of history’s finest music, even after he could no longer hear it. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × August 11, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

By HARUKI MURAKAMI; Translated by PHILIP GABRIEL

The author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle returns with a lonely man’s quest for love, beauty, and friendship lost.

Posted by × August 8, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Up All Night: 20 Fall Picks from Discover Great New Writers

Up All Night: 20 Fall Picks from Discover Great New Writers

Introducing the season’s most exciting new voices fiction and nonfiction — and a look at how they were chosen.

Posted by × August 7, 2014 ×