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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
By STEPHEN GREENBLATT
Reviewed by Tess Taylor
The author of "Will in the World" and "The Swerve" turns his historical imagination to the story we tell about the origin of everything.
God: A Human History
By REZA ASLAN
Reviewed by Hamilton Cain
A scholar of religion looks across faiths to grapple with the question of how our conceptions of divinity are shaped.
By RODDY DOYLE
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
In the new novel from the author of "The Commitments," a middle-aged man finds that his defenses against the traumas of the past may no longer hold up.
Up the Masthead
Essay by Melissa H. Pierson
A writer takes a turn in Herman Melville's chair -- or the next best thing -- to find inspiration, and courage against the blankness of the page.
Nightmare in Berlin
By HANS FALLADA
Reviewed by Anna Mundow
In Germany after the fall of Hitler, Hans Fallada's novel confronts the "horror upon horror" of the past....
Calder: The Conquest of Time; The Early Years, 1898−1940
By JED PERL
Reviewed by Hamilton Cain
The first volume of Jed Perl's life of Alexander Calder follows the artist into the bustling world of expatriate Paris. Review by Hamilton Cain.
Lou Reed: A Life
By ANTHONY DeCURTIS
Reviewed by Tom Carson
A new biography of the musician and cultural icon attempts to give us the man beyond the myth of "Heroin" and "Walk on the Wild Side." Review by Tom Carson.
Leonardo da Vinci
By WALTER ISAACSON
Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell
The creator of the world's most mysterious work of art was himself an open book. Michael O'Donnell reviews Walter Isaacson's life of the Renaissance genius.
Little Fires Everywhere
By CELESTE NG
Reviewed by Rafia Zakaria
In Celeste Ng's new novel, a suburban utopia is divided over one family's custody battle, and the fault lines reveal deeper rifts. Review by Rafia Zakaria.
Lincoln in the Bardo
By GEORGE SAUNDERS
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger
The 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction goes to George Saunders. Liesl Schillinger reviews his prize-winning novel of grief, love and transcendence.
Go, Went, Gone
By JENNY ERPENBECK; Translated by SUSAN BERNOFSKY
Reviewed by Adam Kirsch
Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel confronts a German man with the suffering of refugees, and raises questions about the morality of borders.
The Seventh Function of Language
By LAURENT BINET; Translated by SAM TAYLOR
Reviewed by Scott Esposito
The author of the edgy World War II thriller "HHhH" returns with a comically exuberant tale of conspiracy among...philosophers? Review by Scott Esposito.