One of crime fiction’s most trenchant writers captures the heat of our current moment while patrolling a new beat: Hollywood.
Reviews & Essays
A wild portrait of an angry man brings vigorous laughs and a wry vision of the American heartland.
Is there an essential self, or only the shifting space between others? Liesl Schillinger reviews the heady new novel from the author of Aftermath.
Rhiannon Giddens takes her turn and Common and John Legend rekindle glory: Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10.
A history of the Underground Railroad tells moving stories of courage in riveting detail.
How your ancestors’ taste buds influence your own, and why climate change may prove highly unappetizing.
The secret history of a 19th century Roman church: embezzlement, trysts, and murder.
An unconventional film director’s first novel is a tale of unlikely allies finding their own unique approach to maternity.
A journalist’s tribute to his mother serves as a personal history of Judaism and mental health in the 20th century.
What does Mark Twain’s cherished — and contentious — work of fiction teach us about about the nation it still fascinates?
An Israeli novelist’s unsettling look at the paradoxes of a conflict.
Edith Pearlman captures the sophisticated inner lives of children — and the childishness of sophisticates.
Ishiguro, Atkinson, Price, Lethem, Morrison and more: a list to whet the readerly appetite.
Almost invisible in its ubiquity, this plant wove itself — often cruelly — into the fabric of the modern world.