Twenty beloved books (and pieces) from the year that was. You may now exhale.
In a year-end edition of Reading Romance, Alyssa Morris catches up with the ones that (almost) got away.
By SARAH WILDMAN
A cache of letters reveals that a family’s escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete.
A CONVERSATION with LEV GOLINKIN and BORIS FISHMAN
Two Russian-American writers on the strange things that happen when East meets West.
The Victorian world of debtor’s prison is back, and some are looking to profit.
In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.
Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.
A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.
Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.
Why Henderson Smith’s debut novel, a tale of suffering and the hope of rescue in the northern West, is on the critic’s short list of the year’s best fiction. By Katherine A. Powers.
Authors and artists on the stories –true and otherwise — that defined their year.
Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.
A clandestine research program masks an even more troubling secret in a new work of science fiction from China.
Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?
Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.
David Ritz’s new life of Aretha Franklin sheds light on the painstaking artistry that brought her to the throne. Review by Robert Christgau.
In the age of dystopia, can science fiction turn again to visions of a bright tomorrow? Review by Paul Di Filippo
Can we understand an American cataclysm without experiencing the reek of death and the roar of cannon? Review by Adam Kirsch.