Reviews & Essays

Lincoln in the Bardo

FICTION

Lincoln in the Bardo

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

FICTION

Go, Went, Gone

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

FICTION

The Seventh Function of Language

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.
Manhattan Beach

FICTION

Manhattan Beach

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

On New York's shipbuilding docks during World War II, one woman seizes the chance to take control of her own destiny. Mark Athitakis reviews Jennifer Egan's new novel.
Devotion

BEYOND CATEGORY

Devotion

Reviewed by David L. Ulin ×

The Godmother of Punk and the author of the National Book Award-winning "Just Kids" delivers a characteristically poetic take on inspiration. Review by David L. Ulin.
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

CURRENT EVENTS

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

One of the foremost chroniclers of the Putin era dives deep into how the trauma of the Soviet era still grips Russia today. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office

POLITICS

The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

Did the Oval Office become so power-hungry that it has become an institution impossible to manage? A political historian makes the case.
Great Expectations

PERSONAL HISTORY

Great Expectations

Essay by Jessica Ferri ×

With pregnancy came plenty of time to read -- and uncertainty about how that would change with a baby. Essay by Jessica Ferri.
A Disappearance in Damascus

CURRENT EVENTS

A Disappearance in Damascus

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

Deborah Campbell came to Syria to follow the story of Iraqi refugees -- until the story became about her Iraqi colleague's arrest....
Silence, s’il vous plaît!

BEYOND CATEGORY

Silence, s’il vous plaît!

By Melissa H. Pierson ×

The discovery of a cache of Marcel Proust's letters -- and a new translation by Lydia Davis -- help give us a portrait of the easily-distracted writer at work. Essay by Melissa H. Pierson.
Mind the Gap: Jac Jemc’s Haunting Fiction

FICTION

Mind the Gap: Jac Jemc’s Haunting Fiction

By Michele Filgate ×

The author of "The Grip of It" talks about her disturbing story about trust, marriage, and one creepy house. Profile my Michele Filgate.
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016

POEMS

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016

Reviewed by Troy Jollimore ×

A new collection of Frank Bidart's poetry -- longlisted for the National Book Award -- is "one of this year's major English-language poetry events." Review by Troy Jollimore.