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REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10
The Last Person on Earth
Asif Kapadia's "Amy" opens a window onto commitment and loss, a festival takes on hated songs, Jessica Hopper pulls it together and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10....
The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
The man who put words into the mouth of a disgraced governor on American politicians behind the curtain: when they run, who they value, and why they lie. Review by Peter Lewis....
Louisa Hall's ambitious new novel braids together lives far-flung in time in a story that explores our links to "histories we can't ever know." Review by Anna Mundow....
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
For the journalist William Finnegan, the art of catching a wave has served as an analogue to finding the arc of a story. Review by Tess Taylor....
How Music Got Free
How a surprisingly low-tech approach to music smuggling -- think big belt buckles -- kicked off the age of Napster and a revolution in the music business. Review by Chris Molanphy....
The Country of Ice Cream Star
A novel of post-apocalyptic America in the year 2100, starring a heroine "as bell and brave as 'The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen - and much more mature."...
In the Country
A debuting author's short stories offer a wide lens of Filipino immigrants' experience: "to recreate a sense of home in the strange lands where they find themselves." Review by Roxane Gay....
Music for Wartime
In tales of World War II songwriters, reality TV producers, and points in between, the stories in Makkai’s new collection are marked by her "often-dark wit and lively intellect." Review by...
Running with the Renegade: Leon Neyfakh on “The Next Next Level”
A portrait of a hip-hop artist as a young man raises questions about technology and creative independence in a media-saturated world. Profile by Tobias Carroll....
Long Story Short: Etgar Keret on “The Seven Good Years”
A master storyteller talks to John Freeman about his new memoir of his family, lessons learned from Holocaust survivor parents, and climbing the narrowest house in the world....
The Household Spirit
With elements of ghost stories and capers, a new novel centers on neighbors who challenge what we've come to expect from "unlikely friendships" in fiction. Review by Stefan Beck....
Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language
An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”...