Reviews & Essays

Islands of Wildness

NATURE

Islands of Wildness

In two new books, Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen celebrate the glory of America's national parks -- and look with concern at their future. Review by Peter Lewis.
Resisting Erasure: Ryan Berg and How a Book Becomes Outreach

ACTIVISM

Resisting Erasure: Ryan Berg and How a Book Becomes Outreach

The author of "No House to Call My Home" discovered that his book tour was about much more than reading aloud. Profile by Amy Gall.
The Nix

FICTION

The Nix

In Nathan Hill's debut novel, an apparent attack on a right-wing politician puts a supposed former radical in the headlines, and prompts her son to pursue the mystery of why she left him. Review...
The Underground Railroad

FICTION

The Underground Railroad

In his new novel, Colson Whitehead tells the story of a woman’s flight from slavery to freedom — along a path conjured out of equal parts history and imagination. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Friday Afternoon in the Universe

FICTION

Friday Afternoon in the Universe

David Ulin on the mysticism and music of Jack Kerouac's strangest -- and most ambitious -- work.
Pond

BEYOND CATEGORY

Pond

Claire-Louise Bennett's unclassifiable work is a "tumble down a rabbit hole" taking readers into a world where the drama is in the details. Review by Veronique de Turenne.
Landskipping

TRAVEL

Landskipping

Anna Pavord's meditation on "Painters, Ploughmen and Places" celebrates the enduring power of landscapes on our collective imagination. Review by Anna Mundow
Carousel Court

FICTION

Carousel Court

Joe McGinniss Jr.'s new novel takes on the post-recession status of the American Dream, from a perspective that recalls some celebrated voices of the 1980s. Review by Mark Athitakis.
On Trails: An Exploration

NATURAL HISTORY

On Trails: An Exploration

Robert Moor takes a journey on paths that lead through memory and over mountains, and into places where the only option is to take the long way around. Review by Peter Lewis.
Inherit the Wind

FICTION

Inherit the Wind

Novels from Lionel Shriver and Imbolo Mbue focus on the place where the emotional and financial contours of the American family intersect. Essay by Lizzie Skurnick.
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.