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Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
By MICHAEL RUHLMAN
Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau
Consider, says Michael Ruhlman, the most compelling evidence of a civilization's evolutionary leap: the supermarket....
Yawn: Adventures in Boredom
By MARY MANN
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
One of the most common experiences is also one of the most poorly understood: Mary Mann explores the paradox of tedium....
With a God on His Side
Essay by Robert Christgau
Across his studies of culture and materialism, critic and philosopher Terry Eagleton looks for the "heart of a heartless world." Essay by Robert Christgau.
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
By KIM PHILLIPS-FEIN
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
The notion of "austerity" has returned to political conversations about the fate of America's cities. Kim Phillips-Fein looks back at the the lessons offered by New York's economic crisis of the...
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977−2002)
By DAVID SEDARIS
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin
David Sedaris has made a literary career out of transforming the events of his life into mordantly comic prose. What does a look into his source material tell us? Review by Heller McAlpin.
By NORMAN PODHORETZ
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
By COLM TÓIBÍN
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.
By MARK KURLANSKY
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
By DAVID GRANN
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”
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
By DAVID OWEN
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
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.