Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.
Articles by: Heller McAlpin
A writer who faced down love and consequences in fact and in fiction.
The author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres goes back to the farm.
The scales of justice are easily unbalanced in the new novel from the author of Atonement and Saturday.
The author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle returns with a lonely man’s quest for love, beauty, and friendship lost.
The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability.
Tensions flare in a New Hampshire town swollen by summer residents.
Espionage, obsession, and betrayal in the demimonde of pre-WWII Paris.
A tenacious journalist takes up a bold new investigation into the potential existence of divine forces and the mystical nature of faith.
Ancient stories entwine with twenty-first-century themes in Helen Oyeyemi’s fiction.
Balzac’s incisive story of wealth, desire, and fraud has never been more timely.
The adventures of Jim Harrison’s “wonderful backwoods nitwit” are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.
An annual rundown of books as diverting as they are thought-provoking.
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.