Reviews & Essays

American War

FICTION

American War

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

ESSAYS

Somebody With a Little Hammer

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

FICTION

The Woman on the Stairs

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

LIVES

Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem

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.
Luther’s Children

AMERICAN HISTORY

Luther’s Children

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

TECHNOLOGY

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

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

HISTORY

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

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

ESSAYS

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

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

FICTION

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

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

ESSAYS

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

ESSAYS

Known and Strange Things

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

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

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.