Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

By MATT BAI

How the 1987 scandal of would-be presidential candidate Gary Hart gave us the political news cycle of today. Review by Graeme Wood.

Posted by × October 21, 2014 ×

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The Meaning of Human Existence

The Meaning of Human Existence

By EDWARD O. WILSON

Mankind – origins, our unique place in the universe, and what the future of the species holds – in about two hundred pages. Review by Danny Heitman.

Posted by × October 20, 2014 ×

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Green: The History of a Color

Green: The History of a Color

By MICHEL PASTOUREAU

In verde, there is veritas: a new book explains how one hue can illustrate greed, royalty, envy, and the splendor of the natural world. Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × October 17, 2014 ×

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

By HILARY MANTEL

The author of Wolf Hall opens doors into alternate worlds in her new collection of short fiction.

Posted by × October 10, 2014 ×

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American Cornball

American Cornball

By CHRISTOPHER MILLER

A “Guide to the Formerly Funny” garners present-day laughs, while examining some shocking subjects that no longer seem comic.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

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An Unknowable Past

An Unknowable Past

By VANESSA MANKO

How a politically charged debut novel of emigration was born from a true story of the author’s family.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

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The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

By SARAH WATERS

The author of Fingersmith and The Little Stranger returns to London’s mean streets in her latest work of quiet excellence.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

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How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now

By STEVEN JOHNSON

A history of six innovations that defined modern life champions collaboration as the key to breakthrough ideas.

Posted by × October 6, 2014 ×

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

By MARLON JAMES

A haunted and haunting tale of Jamaica’s bloody political struggles turns on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Posted by × October 1, 2014 ×

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The Sense of Style

The Sense of Style

By STEVEN PINKER

A “Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” explained, with a look back at the 20th century’s lingual lessons.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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How Shall I Know You?

How Shall I Know You?

By HILARY MANTEL

In this excerpt from Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories, a writer greets the day and wonders what will come next.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile

By SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA

A Rwandan boarding school is home to the nation’s best and brightest young women — and their fears for their country’s future.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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The Copernicus Complex

The Copernicus Complex

By CALEB SCHARF

How unique is Earth within our universe, and do we dare learn the answer?

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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The Moor’s Account

The Moor’s Account

By LAILA LALAMI

Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

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The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

With Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the story of a woman’s life finds epic dimension in an interior landscape.

Posted by × September 22, 2014 ×