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Commonwealth

READING IN COMMON

Commonwealth

Reviewed by Heller McAlpin ×

The new novel from the author of "Bel Canto" and "State of Wonder" explores what happens when one person's life becomes another person's art....
Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

BEYOND CATEGORY

Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

Ever wanted to just disappear? Elizabeth Greenwood explores the fantasy (and convoluted reality) of that thriller-plot mainstay, the faked death....
Mercury

A READING LIFE

Mercury

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

In Margot Livesey's new novel, clarity of vision proves elusive, even with corrective lenses. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Havoc and Squirm: Nathan Hill’s Favorite Funny Reading

FICTION

Havoc and Squirm: Nathan Hill’s Favorite Funny Reading

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

The author of "The Nix" shares six books that provoke laughs of various kinds.
The Power of the Pencil

DAYBOOK

The Power of the Pencil

By Steve King ×

Marking the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, and the dream of a world in which everyone can read and write.
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

MEMOIR

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Is memory real? John le Carré's new memoir tries to map the border between recollection and imagination. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
Islands of Wildness

NATURE

Islands of Wildness

Review by Peter Lewis ×

In two new books, Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen celebrate the glory of America's national parks -- and look with concern at their future. Review by Peter Lewis.
Hot Line Ring

DAYBOOK

Hot Line Ring

By Steve King ×

On this day in 1963, the Moscow-Washington "hot line" became operational, in the hopes that nuclear catastrophe could be avoided by direct communication.
A Fascination with the Moment: Michael Gross on the Framing of Fashion

INTERVIEW

A Fascination with the Moment: Michael Gross on the Framing of Fashion

A Conversation with Ted Panken ×

In "Focus," author and longtime fashion reporter Michael Gross turned his gaze from model to photographer, taking in both brilliant visual innovations and tabloid-fodder excess. A conversation...
Resisting Erasure: Ryan Berg and How a Book Becomes Outreach

ACTIVISM

Resisting Erasure: Ryan Berg and How a Book Becomes Outreach

by Amy Gall ×

The author of "No House to Call My Home" discovered that his book tour was about much more than reading aloud. Profile by Amy Gall.
The Nix

FICTION

The Nix

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

In Nathan Hill's debut novel, an apparent attack on a right-wing politician puts a supposed former radical in the headlines, and prompts her son to pursue the mystery of why she left him. Review...
The Underground Railroad

FICTION

The Underground Railroad

Reviewed by Walton Muyumba ×

In his new novel, Colson Whitehead tells the story of a woman’s flight from slavery to freedom — along a path conjured out of equal parts history and imagination. Review by Walton Muyumba.