Reviews & Essays

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

MUSIC

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

The Summer of Love gets all the press, but in Jon Savage's work of musical history, he argues that the biggest break with the past happened one year before. Review by Robert Christgau.
Lions

FICTION

Lions

In Bonnie Nadzam's new novel, a Colorado prairie town is visited by a mysterious stranger. Review by Anna Mundow.
On Friendship

PHILOSOPHY

On Friendship

Do we love our friends because we understand something special about them? Alexander Nehamas thinks we have it precisely backwards. Review by Troy Jollimore....
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

lives

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

The complex, tragically brief political career of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. provides biographer Larry Tye an opportunity to look at an era of radical change. Review by Barbara Spindel.
Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

REDISCOVERY

Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

Charles Taylor looks back at Jacqueline Susann's controversial bestseller on the occasion of its 50th birthday.
Making and Unmaking the American Soldier

HUMAN NATURE

Making and Unmaking the American Soldier

There's a science to making the modern soldier. Do we need a science for turning them back into civilians? Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads new books from Mary Roach and Sebastian Junger.
Tanner 2016

REDISCOVERY

Tanner 2016

How Robert Altman foretold an era when political reality and entertainment would converge. By Janet Steen.
How the Post Office Created America: A History

AMERICAN HISTORY

How the Post Office Created America: A History

Winifred Gallagher looks at how the innovations, abuses, obstacles and dogged reliability of the postal system helped shape the development of a sprawling democracy into a global power. Review...
In the Darkroom

MEMOIR

In the Darkroom

The author of "Backlash" reconnects with the father she hadn't seen in a quarter-century, and faces a momentous and complex change. Review by Barbara Spindel.
Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants

PSYCHOLOGY

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants

The author of "Listening to Prozac" returns to the question of how best to treat a seemingly implacable malady. Review by Julia M. Klein.
An Abbreviated Life

MEMOIR

An Abbreviated Life

Ariel Leve's memoir of her fraught relationship with her mother mirrors the chaos of her story with a fragmented style. Review by Tom LeClair.
A Hero of France

FICTION

A Hero of France

Alan Furst's latest wartime thriller follows a member of the Resistance working to smuggle Allied pilots to safety. Review by Tom Carson.