• The Adventures of Rafael Sabatini

    The Adventures of Rafael Sabatini

    Swashbuckling with the author of Scaramouche and Captain Blood. Essay by Michael Dirda.

  • The Lay of the Land

    The Lay of the Land

    Flings author Justin Taylor on finding a sense of place in four books which whisk readers “away to a place you’ve never been before.”

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    By RICHARD FLANAGAN

    A WWII prisoner of war’s poetic quest is a love story and soldier’s saga that “dares the big revelation.” Review by Melissa H. Pierson.

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DAYBOOK

Freedom’s Barricades

Freedom’s Barricades

This week in literary history, an occupied city is freed: “Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!”

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

Augustus

Augustus

By JOHN WILLIAMS; Introduction by DANIEL MENDELSOHN

The founder of Rome’s imperial dynasty, through distinctly modern eyes.

Posted by × August 22, 2014 ×

HUMOR

Food, Now Everywhere

Food, Now Everywhere

“Before you’ve even had a chance to milk your cow, there’s already butter. In a dish! With a knife!”

Posted by × August 22, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

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.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

New Selected Poems

New Selected Poems

By LES MURRAY

The outlandish vision of an Australian poet.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Dirty Work

Dirty Work

By GABRIEL WESTON

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

Posted by × August 19, 2014 ×

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.

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 ×