Reviews & Essays

How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

TRAVEL

How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

Reviewed by David L. Ulin ×

The most breathtaking voice in travel writing today may be that of a writer who feels ambivalent about travel itself. Essay by David Ulin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

BIOGRAPHY

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Reviewed by Megan Abbott ×

In Ruth Franklin's life of the author of "The Lottery" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," the power of loneliness is the engine of a titanic imagination. Review by Megan Abbott.
The Secret Film History of Bill Murray: 11 Bills You Might Have Missed

BILL MURRAY

The Secret Film History of Bill Murray: 11 Bills You Might Have Missed

By Gavin Edwards ×

The author of "The Tao of Bill Murray" on ten roles (plus one) to catch the unpredictable actor in after "Lost in Translation" and "Groundhog Day."
Reputations

FICTION

Reputations

Reviewed by Tom LeClair ×

The events of a party for a Colombian political cartoonist and its aftermath through the decades provide the mystery at the heart of the "provocative" new novel from Juan Gabriel Vásquez....
A Whole Life

FICTION

A Whole Life

Reviewed by William Giraldi ×

In Robert Seethaler's novella of a man's days in the mountains of Germany, stark beauty and inevitable heartbreak are inseparable. Review by William Giraldi.
Eyes on the Street

LIVES

Eyes on the Street

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

Robert Kanigel's life of urban visionary Jane Jacobs uncovers a figure whose most intense life was manifested in her ideas.
Nutshell

FICTION

Nutshell

Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson ×

In Ian McEwan's new novel, an extremely young narrator delivers a tale with Shakespearian ambition. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.
Little Nothing

FICTION

Little Nothing

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

Marisa Silver marries harrowing realism and fairy-tale enchantment in a story of a girl who faces the terrors of the world through a series of transformations.
Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

BEYOND CATEGORY

Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

Ever wanted to just disappear? Elizabeth Greenwood explores the fantasy (and convoluted reality) of that thriller-plot mainstay, the faked death....
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

MEMOIR

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Is memory real? John le Carré's new memoir tries to map the border between recollection and imagination. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
Islands of Wildness

NATURE

Islands of Wildness

Review by Peter Lewis ×

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

by Amy Gall ×

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.