Reviews & Essays

FICTION

Mislaid

Mislaid

By NELL ZINK

An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

By MARGARET LAZARUS DEAN

A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

Girl at War

Girl at War

By SARA NOVIĆ

A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Physics of Sorrow

The Physics of Sorrow

By GEORGI GOSPODINOV

An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

POETRY

Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Voices in the Night

Voices in the Night

By STEVEN MILLHAUSER

In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

LIVES

James Merrill: Life and Art

James Merrill: Life and Art

By LANGDON HAMMER

The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

England and Other Stories

England and Other Stories

By GRAHAM SWIFT

A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

The Water Museum

The Water Museum

By LUIS ALBERTO URREA

In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SCIENCE

Dreams of Earth and Sky

Dreams of Earth and Sky

By FREEMAN DYSON

At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

ADVICE

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

By J. K. ROWLING

The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

LIVES

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

By ZACHARY LEADER

The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × May 11, 2015 ×