Reviews & Essays

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 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

How They Got Here

How They Got Here

A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations

By MOHSIN HAMID

The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

Midnight in the Century

Midnight in the Century

By VICTOR SERGE

How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Letter to a Future Lover

Letter to a Future Lover

By ANDER MONSON

How the items found in books have lives of their own, and stoke literature’s enduring flame.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Making Nice

Making Nice

By MATT SUMELL

A novel-in-stories of a young Long Island misanthrope hits like a punch, with biting wit at an antic pace. Review by Justin Taylor.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Satin Island

Satin Island

By TOM MCCARTHY

An anthropologist’s obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy – or is it just his paranoid mind at work?

Posted by × February 17, 2015 ×

AMERICAN HISTORY

Washington’s Revolution

Washington’s Revolution

By ROBERT MIDDLEKAUFF

Was America’s first president a mystery of subtle self-presentation? Or just a shrewd politician?

Posted by × February 16, 2015 ×

FICTION

Frog

Frog

By MO YAN

A Nobel Prize laureate sets his sights on the birth rate, poverty, and “unraveling of the social fabric” in rising China.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Documents

My Documents

By ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA

Stories from a Chilean innovator depict adulthood as a computer with “a hard drive full of a lifetime’s experiences.” Review by Scott Esposito.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Leaving Before the Rains Come

Leaving Before the Rains Come

By ALEXANDRA FULLER

The author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” trades the African bush for a Wyoming ranch. Review by Veronique de Turenne.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Internal Landscape: Three New Collections

The Internal Landscape: Three New Collections

Short stories from Thomas Pierce, Arthur Bradford, and Nathan Poole examine the animal kingdom, and the lovelorn humans atop the food chain.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

REDISCOVERY

Tirra Lirra by the River

Tirra Lirra by the River

By JESSICA ANDERSON

In a 1977 novel ripe for rediscovery, an Australian woman finds a room of her own in bustling post-war London. Review by Gili Malinsky.

Posted by × February 9, 2015 ×

FICTION

Amnesia

Amnesia

By PETER CAREY

A Booker Prize-winning author returns with a tale of cyber-fugitives on the run, mirroring the data and surveillance controversies of today’s headlines.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×