Twenty beloved books (and pieces) from the year that was. You may now exhale.
Reviews & Essays
The Victorian world of debtor’s prison is back, and some are looking to profit.
A cache of letters reveals that a family’s escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete.
Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.
A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.
Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?
Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.
Can we understand an American cataclysm without experiencing the reek of death and the roar of cannon? Review by Adam Kirsch.
A new life of the poet who gloried in the mundane. Reviewed by Troy Jollimore.
In a prequel to his novel Umbrella, the novelist follows his psychiatrist hero on a dive into war and its aftermath.
An act of authorial magic crosses the lives of a Renaissance painter and a twenty-first-century teen. Review by Liesl Schillinger
How the creator of Archie Bunker brought political awareness to the idiot box.
Black Friday explained: a long time ago, a galaxy far, far away proved to be immensely lucrative.
Home for the holidays: a daughter’s tribute to her mother, Laurie Colwin, the writer whose graceful observations of food and family made her an icon.