Reviews & Essays

Making It

MEMOIR

Making It

Reviewed by Christopher Byrd ×

Ambition, code switching, envy and obsession: revisiting Norman Podhoretz's memoir "Making It," writes Christopher Byrd, reveals not just a portrait, but a mirror....
House of Names

FICTION

House of Names

Reviewed by Steven G. Kellman ×

The author of "The Master" and "Brooklyn" takes on one of the greatest and most wrenching stories out of classical myth -- the crime and punishment of the House of Atreus.
Havana

CULTURAL HISTORY

Havana

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

Mark Kurlansky takes his idiosyncratic approach to history on a trip to Cuba's fabled capital. Review by Peter Lewis.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

CRIME

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

David Grann looks back at a string of sinister deaths that plagued Oklahoma's Osage community in the 1920s. Review by Peter Lewis.
Not a Path, But a Labyrinth: Claire Dederer’s “Love and Trouble”

PROFILE

Not a Path, But a Labyrinth: Claire Dederer’s “Love and Trouble”

By David L. Ulin ×

In a coruscating new memoir, the author of "Poser" takes on the mysteries of love, desire, fidelity and marriage -- but finds no easy answers. Profile by David L. Ulin.
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

NATURAL HISTORY

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

A new book looks at what the Colorado River system means for the United States -- and how that might change, permanently. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

SHORT STORIES

“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

Profile by David L. Ulin ×

In Deb Olin Unferth's writing, the only thing you can count on is that nothing is predictable. The result, writes David Ulin, is fiction as surprising and exciting as life itself.
Six Encounters with Lincoln

AMERICAN HISTORY

Six Encounters with Lincoln

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

In her final book, a historian looks to take an objective measure of the administration of an American icon. Review by Michael O'Donnell.
Earthly Remains

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Earthly Remains

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

Inspector Brunetti returns to take on another murder in La Serenissima. And that, Anna Mundow writes, is a good thing.
White Tears

FICTION

White Tears

Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau ×

In the new novel from the author of "Gods Without Men" and "My Revolutions," the attempt to fabricate a work of art sets off a voyage into the darkness of American history.
Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon

CHARLTON HESTON

Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon

Reviewed by Colin Fleming ×

A portrait of the actor who gave life to the larger-than-life. Review by Colin Fleming.
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.