Reviews & Essays

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

By HELEN MACDONALD

In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.

Posted by × March 20, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Door

The Door

By MAGDA SZABÓ: Translated by LEN RIX

A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

By ANDREW COCKBURN

A bird’s-eye view of drone strikes and their effect on the military: Peter Lewis reports on the booming industry of assault waged with the push of a button.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

FAMILY HISTORY

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

By HANNAH NORDHAUS

Julia Staab died in 1896. Why then do some believe that she still haunts her Santa Fe home? Review by Jessica Ferri.

Posted by × March 17, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

By KAZUO ISHIGURO

The author of “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” delivers a meditation on memory and loss, wrapped in a story of Arthurian legend, dragons, and magic. Review by Liesl Schillinger.

Posted by × March 13, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By ERIK LARSON

Erik Larson’s study of a post-Titanic ship’s end proves again why he is “the architect of a genre he’s essentially created — history as literary thriller.” Review by Danny Heitman.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

LITERATURE

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century Writers

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century Writers

By EDWARD MENDELSON

One of today’s most trenchant literary critics digs into some of the voices who defined American letters for their generation.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

By RICHARD RHODES

A new history celebrates little-known heroes of the struggle alongside icons like Picasso, Dos Passos, and Hemingway.

Posted by × March 10, 2015 ×

LIVES

Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings

By DANA THOMAS

Alexander McQueen and John Galliano were just young rebels, until they became defiant titans of fashion. Review by Kelley Hoffman.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

LIVES

Hippolyte Delaroche, "Bonaparte Crossing the Alps" (1850).

Napoleon: A Life

By ANDREW ROBERTS

Was the ruler of the first French Empire a hero, or a tyrant? The answer lies in how you read him, writes Charles Reinhardt.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

WRITERS ON WRITING

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

A bestselling author on the carpentry skills that he applies to crafting fiction.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Crow Fair

Crow Fair

By THOMAS McGUANE

The antic storytelling of a modest master finds mischievous fun in the romance and family life of the American West. Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 2, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Going into the City

Going into the City

By ROBERT CHRISTGAU

The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Lucky Alan

Lucky Alan

By JONATHAN LETHEM

In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×