Reviews & Essays

FICTION

The Martini Shot

The Martini Shot

By GEORGE PELECANOS

One of crime fiction’s most trenchant writers captures the heat of our current moment while patrolling a new beat: Hollywood.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

FICTION

Against the Country

Against the Country

By BEN METCALF

A wild portrait of an angry man brings vigorous laughs and a wry vision of the American heartland.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

FICTION

Outline

Outline

By RACHEL CUSK

Is there an essential self, or only the shifting space between others? Liesl Schillinger reviews the heady new novel from the author of Aftermath.

Posted by × January 20, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Where the Song Leaves You

Where the Song Leaves You

Rhiannon Giddens takes her turn and Common and John Legend rekindle glory: Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10.

Posted by × January 19, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Gateway to Freedom

Gateway to Freedom

By ERIC FONER

A history of the Underground Railroad tells moving stories of courage in riveting detail.

Posted by × January 16, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

By JOHN McQUAID

How your ancestors’ taste buds influence your own, and why climate change may prove highly unappetizing.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

HISTORY

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

By HUBERT WOLF

The secret history of a 19th century Roman church: embezzlement, trysts, and murder.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

FICTION

The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

By MIRANDA JULY

An unconventional film director’s first novel is a tale of unlikely allies finding their own unique approach to maternity.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

The Girl from Human Street

The Girl from Human Street

By ROGER COHEN

A journalist’s tribute to his mother serves as a personal history of Judaism and mental health in the 20th century.

Posted by × January 9, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Huck Finn’s America

Huck Finn’s America

By ANDREW LEVY

What does Mark Twain’s cherished — and contentious — work of fiction teach us about about the nation it still fascinates?

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×

FICTION

Khirbet Khizeh

Khirbet Khizeh

By S. YIZHAR

An Israeli novelist’s unsettling look at the paradoxes of a conflict.

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Honeydew: Stories

Honeydew: Stories

By EDITH PEARLMAN

Edith Pearlman captures the sophisticated inner lives of children — and the childishness of sophisticates.

Posted by × January 5, 2015 ×

COMING SOON

Anticipations: Coming in Early 2015

Anticipations: Coming in Early 2015

Ishiguro, Atkinson, Price, Lethem, Morrison and more: a list to whet the readerly appetite.

Posted by × December 29, 2014 ×

HISTORY

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

By SVEN BECKERT

Almost invisible in its ubiquity, this plant wove itself — often cruelly — into the fabric of the modern world.

Posted by × December 29, 2014 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Long Revolutions

Long Revolutions

Sleater-Kinney return and Viv Albertine looks back without illusions in Greil Marcus’s latest Real Life Rock Top 10.

Posted by × December 26, 2014 ×