Reviews & Essays

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

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

HISTORY

God: A Human History

Reviewed by Hamilton Cain ×

A scholar of religion looks across faiths to grapple with the question of how our conceptions of divinity are shaped.
Smile

FICTION

Smile

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

AMERICAN LITERATURE

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

FICTION

Nightmare in Berlin

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

LIVES

Calder: The Conquest of Time; The Early Years, 1898−1940

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

LIVES

Lou Reed: A Life

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

LIVES

Leonardo da Vinci

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

FICTION

Little Fires Everywhere

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

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.