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Eliot Weinberger, To Be Continued
Essay by Justin Taylor
For a road trip down America's western edge, what better companion than the boundary-pushing writer Eliot Weinberger? Essay by Justin Taylor.
A Gambler’s Anatomy
By JONATHAN LETHEM
Reviewed by Michelle Dean
The curious world of high-stakes backgammon is at the center of the new novel from the author of "Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude." Review by Michelle Dean.
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit that Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
By BEN MACINTYRE
Reviewed by Peter Lewis
The author of "Agent Zigzag" and "A Spy Among Friends" turns to the history of Britain's unconventional, improvisational paratroopers. Review by Peter Lewis.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
By ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
In economically hard-hit Louisiana, a sociologist goes in quest of the "deep story" of conservative America. Review by Barbara Spindel.
American Undertow: The Stories of John O’Hara
Essay by Charles Taylor
A new volume of short fiction from an American master highlights the writer's commitment to honesty and freedom from nostalgia. Essay by Charles Taylor.
By LOUISE DOUGHTY
Reviewed by Anna Mundow
A man's career in the shadowy world of covert operations may be coming to a bloody end -- but for what purpose? Anna Mundow reviews Louise Doughty's layered novel of espionage and aftermath.
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic
By ALICE KAPLAN
Reviewed by Steven G. Kellman
Alice Kaplan traces one of the 20th century's most influential works from its roots in Albert Camus' Algerian childhood to its destination as a touchstone for a philosophy and an era. Review by...
How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America
By ANDRÉS NEUMAN; Translated by JEFFREY LAWRENCE
Reviewed by David L. Ulin
The most breathtaking voice in travel writing today may be that of a writer who feels ambivalent about travel itself. Essay by David Ulin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
By RUTH FRANKLIN
Reviewed by Megan Abbott
In Ruth Franklin's life of the author of "The Lottery" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," the power of loneliness is the engine of a titanic imagination. Review by Megan Abbott.
The Secret Film History of Bill Murray: 11 Bills You Might Have Missed
By Gavin Edwards
The author of "The Tao of Bill Murray" on ten roles (plus one) to catch the unpredictable actor in after "Lost in Translation" and "Groundhog Day."
By JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ; Translated by ANNE McLEAN
Reviewed by Tom LeClair
The events of a party for a Colombian political cartoonist and its aftermath through the decades provide the mystery at the heart of the "provocative" new novel from Juan Gabriel Vásquez....
A Whole Life
By ROBERT SEETHALER
Reviewed by William Giraldi
In Robert Seethaler's novella of a man's days in the mountains of Germany, stark beauty and inevitable heartbreak are inseparable. Review by William Giraldi.