Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

By RICHARD FLANAGAN

A WWII prisoner of war’s poetic quest is a love story and soldier’s saga that “dares the big revelation.” Review by Melissa H. Pierson.

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Bob, Son of Battle

Bob, Son of Battle

By ALFRED OLLIVANT, in a new version by LYDIA DAVIS

A classic story of sheepdogs and their masters, retuned for modern ears.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

New Selected Poems

New Selected Poems

By LES MURRAY

The outlandish vision of an Australian poet.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Dirty Work

Dirty Work

By GABRIEL WESTON

A surgeon faces the consequences of a moment’s error. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × August 19, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

By PETER SCHNEIDER

A passionate guide to a city divided, reunited, and still evolving.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Panic in a Suitcase

Panic in a Suitcase

By YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA

A Brighton Beach family’s saga bends Russian literary tradition into mordant modern comedy.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Invisible Bridge

The Invisible Bridge

By RICK PERLSTEIN

The author of Nixonland returns with a chronicle of post-Watergate despair, and the political rise of the man who promised deliverance.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

By JAN SWAFFORD

An exceptional look at the volatile genius who wrote some of history’s finest music, even after he could no longer hear it. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × August 11, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Shadows in the Vineyard

Shadows in the Vineyard

By MAXIMILLIAN POTTER

Terror meets terroir in the true story of plan to take a winemaker’s vines hostage.

Posted by × August 6, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

By DAVE EGGERS

The author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius takes aim at a terrifying soldier gone mad.

Posted by × August 5, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

By MARIE-HELENE BERTINO

An energized cast of characters seek love and limelight in and around a Philadelphia jazz club. Review by Gili Malinsky.

Posted by × August 5, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Magician’s Land

The Magician’s Land

By LEV GROSSMAN

In the final installment of the trilogy that began with The Magicians, Quentin Coldwater faces a test, a heist, and a last chance at an otherworldly realm.

Posted by × August 4, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Unruly Places

Unruly Places

By ALASTAIR BONNETT

The challenge — and delight — of searching for undiscovered territories in the age of Google Earth.

Posted by × August 4, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

By FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND

How the godfather of Romanticism posthumously published his legendary history of Napoleonic France.

Posted by × July 31, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Do Not Sell at Any Price

Do Not Sell at Any Price

By AMANDA PETRUSICH

A pursuit of music’s rarest recordings, from the fringes of the past to the bottom of the sea.

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×