Reviews & Essays

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

MEMOIR

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

The terrible privations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
History of Wolves

FICTION

History of Wolves

Posted by Anna Mundow ×

In Emily Fridlund's novel, the cold of a Minnesota town is more than metaphorical. Review by Anna Mundow.
Lincoln in the Bardo

FICTION

Lincoln in the Bardo

by Liesl Schillinger ×

In the first novel from the celebrated author of "Tenth of December," Abraham Lincoln wrestles with grief -- and the fate of the nation hangs in the balance....
A Separation

FICTION

A Separation

Reviewed by Hamilton Cain ×

In Katie Kitamura's new novel, a woman's uncertain journey to find her missing husband resonates with echoes of Greek myth. Review by Hamilton Cain.
Transit

FICTION

Transit

Reviewed by Michelle Dean ×

In "Outline," Rachel Cusk joined the literary movement that blurs the boundaries between fiction, essay, and memoir. Will her new work take readers even further? Review by Michelle Dean.
The Women Who Mapped Heaven

SCIENCE

The Women Who Mapped Heaven

Essay by Jennifer Carson ×

Looking at the careers of groundbreaking women in astronomy and the space program, the wonder isn't how they stood out, but how well they fit in. By Jennifer Carson.
Homesick for Another World

SHORT STORIES

Homesick for Another World

Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau ×

In her novel "Eileen" and in a new set of short stories, Otessa Moshfegh creates narratives that feel "ike dark rooms in which someone has briefly turned on a light." Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
Best Friends Forever

FICTION

Best Friends Forever

Essay by Lizzie Skurnick ×

In the most resonant stories of girls coming of age, writes Lizzie Skurnick, nobody goes it alone.
The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

AMERICAN HISTORY

The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

When a network of American readers passed around a single copy of Darwin's revolutionary work, they enlisted the book in a cause dear to their hearts. Review by Barbara Spindel.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

SCIENCE

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson ×

What is the self? Ask an octopus, suggest Peter Godfrey-Smith. Review by Melissa H. Pierson.
The Gardens of Consolation

FICTION

The Gardens of Consolation

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

A novel of Iran in the decades leading to Revolution is both a love story and a political epic. Review by Anna Mundow.
Selection Day

FICTION

Selection Day

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

The author of "The White Tiger" returns with a novel that looks at contemporary India through the lens of an obsession with sport. Review by Katherine A. Powers....