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By OMAR EL AKKAD
Reviewed by Rafia Zakaria
In journalist Omar El Akkad's imagined future, North and South are once again bitterly torn apart. Review by Rafia Zakaria.
Somebody With a Little Hammer
By MARY GAITSKILL
Reviewed by Michelle Dean
When the writer Mary Gaitskill is mentioned, the word "dark" usually follows. That's a mistake, writes Michelle Dean.
The Woman on the Stairs
By BERNHARD SCHLINK
Reviewed by Julia M. Klein
The mystery of an enigmatic portrait is at the heart of the new novel from the author of "The Reader." Review by Julia M. Klein.
Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem
By GEORGE PROCHNIK
Reviewed by Adam Kirsch
In the life of a pioneering Jewish scholar, George Prochnik finds connections of his family's own comeplex relation to his heritage and the city he loves. Review by Adam Kirsch.
By Hamilton Cain
Two recent books trace the roots and flowering of Protestantism and the rapid growth of its Evangelical branch in America. By Hamilton Cain.
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By ADAM ALTER
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
If you're wondering why you are having such a hard time putting down your phone, Adam Alter's new book suggests that's by design. Review by Barbara Spindel.
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
By HOLLY TUCKER
Reviewed by Tom Carson
In the "Affair of the Poisons," a decade-long scandal of sex, murder and wild conspiracy ran through Louis XIV's like a fever. Review by Tom Carson.
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life
By YIYUN LI
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
An author's notes on an emotional voyage -- one that puts distance between herself and the world around her. Review by Mark Athitakis.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
By HANNAH TINTI
Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson
The new novel from the author of "The Good Thief" propels a father and daughter through a set of thrilling ordeals with mythic resonance. Review by Melissa H. Pierson.
Feminism on Foot
By Rafia Zakaria
Around the world, writes Rafia Zakaria, women taking a stroll alone have to weigh the risks. A new book by Lauren Elkins makes clear what that costs them.
Known and Strange Things
By TEJU COLE
Reviewed by Walton Muyumba
In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel
By JOHN STUBBS
Reviewed by Anna Mundow
Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.