Reviews & Essays

Today Will Be Different

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Today Will Be Different

Reviewed by Veronique de Turenne ×

The author of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" delivers a wry portrait of a woman who finds herself wondering how she got to her to-do-list-driven life. Review by Veronique de Turenne....
Travels with Henry James

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Travels with Henry James

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Before he became a master of style, the young writer proved himself a genius of observation. Michael O'Donnell on a new collection of Henry James's dispatches from America and Europe.
Both Sides of the River: Nonstop Metropolis and The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

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Both Sides of the River: Nonstop Metropolis and The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

Review by Peter Lewis ×

Peter Lewis follows William Helmreich's walking tour of a Brooklyn that stretches beyond hipster havens, and matches it up against Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's five-borough...
Thus Bad Begins

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Thus Bad Begins

Reviewed by Tom LeClair ×

The storyteller at the heart of the new novel from the author of "Infatuations" is as unreliable as they come -- and that, writes Tom Le Clair, is a good thing.
Moonglow

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Moonglow

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

Michael Chabon's new novel takes an enigma from his grandparents' lives as the first move in a game with shifting rules. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

The new memoir from the "Daily Show" host delivers a portrait of a South African childhood caught between identities and communities. Review by Barbara Spindel.
Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”

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Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”

Reviewed by Adam Kirsch ×

Britain's champion of fine art was the son of a manufacturing family who wound up explaining high culture to his countrymen. Adam Kirsch reviews James Stourton's life of Sir Kenneth Clark.
Swing Time

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Swing Time

Reviewed by Michelle Dean ×

Zadie Smith's new novel is a story of art, fame, and female friendship under the strain of competition. Review by Michelle Dean.
Pour Me, a Life

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Pour Me, a Life

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

The British critic and ferocious prose stylist A.A. Gill chronicles his passage from alcoholism to sobriety -- and reviews a lifetime spent experiencing the world through the prism of the glass....
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

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His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau ×

Graeme Macrae Burnet's Booker-shortlisted crime story leaves behind the question of "whodunit" for deeper mysteries. Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
Emerson’s Heirs: Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver

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Emerson’s Heirs: Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver

Essay by Melissa H. Pierson ×

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads two new books on the writing life from Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver and finds two wildly different stylists who are both "latter-day Transcendentalists."
Mister Monkey

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Mister Monkey

Reviewed by William Giraldi ×

In Francine Prose's new novel, a misbegotten play for children is an occasion to anatomize the privileged world from which it springs. Review by William Giraldi.