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The Gardens of Consolation
A novel of Iran in the decades leading to Revolution is both a love story and a political epic. Review by Anna Mundow....
Katherine A. Powers
The author of "The White Tiger" returns with a novel that looks at contemporary India through the lens of an obsession with sport. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Andre Aciman's new novel might just be the ultimate refutation of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Review by Mark Athitakis....
No Knives in the Kitchens of This City
David L. Ulin
A novel of life in the Syrian city of Aleppo counters the images of war with a multifaceted, fragile portrait of the city's human past. Review by David L. Ulin....
Michelle Dean on what Susan Faludi's study of masculinity and resentment can tell us about our current moment....
A New Year of Books: What We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017
The Barnes and Noble Review
The pages we are eager to turn....
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Paul La Farge
In Yoko Tawada's fabulist novel, three generations of bears ask us to think about empathy and how we know what we believe we do. Review by Paul La Farge....
Welcome Back to the 1980s
Are we in for a replay of the decade that brought us big hair and bigger shoulderpads? Jason Diamond, author of "Searching for John Hughes," looks back to look ahead....
YEAR IN REVIEW
Harvest of a Hard Season: Poetry in 2016
Tess Taylor on a quartet of works of poetry that provide light in a shadowed moment....
A Common Condition: What Midwestern Novels Tell Us about 2016
Can the imaginative terrain of Midwestern fiction provide a map to America's political and cultural hot spots!...
The Undoing Project
Why are even experts so poor at making predictions? Our minds, says Michael Lewis in his new book, are playing tricks on us. Review by Peter Lewis....
Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey
David L. Ulin
Si Lewen's haunting fable -- told entirely in images -- is both timeless and frighteningly timely. Review by David L. Ulin....