Reviews & Essays

FICTION

Where the Bird Sings Best

Where the Bird Sings Best

By ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

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.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

By FATIMA BHUTTO

A novel of life in a Pakistan gripped by violence, from the daughter of one of its political dynasties.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero

By MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

A master of political intrigue crafts a thriller of extortion and revenge on Peru’s northern coast.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

By T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

A troubled young man heads off the grid in the California woods — but has he gone wild or gone mad? Review by Mark Athitakis.

Posted by × March 30, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Stopping Time

Stopping Time

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.

Posted by × March 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

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.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

By HELEN MACDONALD

In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.

Posted by × March 20, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Door

The Door

By MAGDA SZABÓ: Translated by LEN RIX

A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

By ANDREW COCKBURN

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.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

FAMILY HISTORY

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

By HANNAH NORDHAUS

Julia Staab died in 1896. Why then do some believe that she still haunts her Santa Fe home? Review by Jessica Ferri.

Posted by × March 17, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

By KAZUO ISHIGURO

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.

Posted by × March 13, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By ERIK LARSON

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.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

LITERATURE

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century Writers

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century Writers

By EDWARD MENDELSON

One of today’s most trenchant literary critics digs into some of the voices who defined American letters for their generation.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

By RICHARD RHODES

A new history celebrates little-known heroes of the struggle alongside icons like Picasso, Dos Passos, and Hemingway.

Posted by × March 10, 2015 ×

LIVES

Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings

By DANA THOMAS

Alexander McQueen and John Galliano were just young rebels, until they became defiant titans of fashion. Review by Kelley Hoffman.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×