An iconoclast film director takes on his strangest adventure yet: charting his family’s heritage, with a dose of magic along the way. Review by Justin Taylor.
Reviews & Essays
A novel of life in a Pakistan gripped by violence, from the daughter of one of its political dynasties.
A master of political intrigue crafts a thriller of extortion and revenge on Peru’s northern coast.
A troubled young man heads off the grid in the California woods — but has he gone wild or gone mad? Review by Mark Athitakis.
In this month’s edition of his column, Greil Marcus stays in the moment – from a Baltimore club in 1951 to a Minneapolis stage with Sleater-Kinney.
Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.
In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.
A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.
A bird’s-eye view of drone strikes and their effect on the military: Peter Lewis reports on the booming industry of assault waged with the push of a button.
Julia Staab died in 1896. Why then do some believe that she still haunts her Santa Fe home? Review by Jessica Ferri.
The author of “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” delivers a meditation on memory and loss, wrapped in a story of Arthurian legend, dragons, and magic. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Erik Larson’s study of a post-Titanic ship’s end proves again why he is “the architect of a genre he’s essentially created — history as literary thriller.” Review by Danny Heitman.
One of today’s most trenchant literary critics digs into some of the voices who defined American letters for their generation.
A new history celebrates little-known heroes of the struggle alongside icons like Picasso, Dos Passos, and Hemingway.