The antic storytelling of a modest master finds mischievous fun in the romance and family life of the American West. Review by Stefan Beck.
Reviews & Essays
The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.
In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”
A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.
The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.
How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.
How the items found in books have lives of their own, and stoke literature’s enduring flame.
A novel-in-stories of a young Long Island misanthrope hits like a punch, with biting wit at an antic pace. Review by Justin Taylor.
An anthropologist’s obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy – or is it just his paranoid mind at work?
Was America’s first president a mystery of subtle self-presentation? Or just a shrewd politician?
A Nobel Prize laureate sets his sights on the birth rate, poverty, and “unraveling of the social fabric” in rising China.
Stories from a Chilean innovator depict adulthood as a computer with “a hard drive full of a lifetime’s experiences.” Review by Scott Esposito.
The author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” trades the African bush for a Wyoming ranch. Review by Veronique de Turenne.
Short stories from Thomas Pierce, Arthur Bradford, and Nathan Poole examine the animal kingdom, and the lovelorn humans atop the food chain.