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Travels with Henry James
Before he became a master of style, the young writer proved himself a genius of observation. Michael O'Donnell on a new collection of Henry James's dispatches from America and Europe....
Both Sides of the River: Nonstop Metropolis and The Brooklyn Nobody Knows
Peter Lewis follows William Helmreich's walking tour of a Brooklyn that stretches beyond hipster havens, and matches it up against Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's five-borough...
Thus Bad Begins
The storyteller at the heart of the new novel from the author of "Infatuations" is as unreliable as they come -- and that, writes Tom Le Clair, is a good thing....
Michael Chabon's new novel takes an enigma from his grandparents' lives as the first move in a game with shifting rules. Review by Liesl Schillinger....
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
The new memoir from the "Daily Show" host delivers a portrait of a South African childhood caught between identities and communities. Review by Barbara Spindel....
Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”
Britain's champion of fine art was the son of a manufacturing family who wound up explaining high culture to his countrymen. Adam Kirsch reviews James Stourton's life of Sir Kenneth Clark....
Zadie Smith's new novel is a story of art, fame, and female friendship under the strain of competition. Review by Michelle Dean....
Pour Me, a Life
The British critic and ferocious prose stylist A.A. Gill chronicles his passage from alcoholism to sobriety -- and reviews a lifetime spent experiencing the world through the prism of the glass....
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
Sarah L. Courteau
Graeme Macrae Burnet's Booker-shortlisted crime story leaves behind the question of "whodunit" for deeper mysteries. Review by Sarah L. Courteau....
Emerson’s Heirs: Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver
Melissa H. Pierson
Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads two new books on the writing life from Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver and finds two wildly different stylists who are both "latter-day Transcendentalists."...
In Francine Prose's new novel, a misbegotten play for children is an occasion to anatomize the privileged world from which it springs. Review by William Giraldi....
Monster Rally: Watching the Classics of Halloween Cinema
New box sets for home viewers offer a chance to experience the screams -- and sometimes the groans -- of classic horror....