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“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.
“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

DAYBOOK

“It Is a Great Art to Saunter”

By Steve King ×

A transcendental stroll with Henry David and Ralph Waldo.
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.
The Canaries in Our Coal Mine

DAYBOOK

The Canaries in Our Coal Mine

By Steve King ×

Looking back to 1970 and the first "Earth Day" -- and peering down the road at the future of a rapidly changing planet. By Steve King.
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.
Somebody With a Little Hammer

ESSAYS

Somebody With a Little Hammer

Reviewed by Michelle Dean ×

When the writer Mary Gaitskill is mentioned, the word "dark" usually follows. That's a mistake, writes Michelle Dean.
Imagine Wanting Only This

GRAPHIC MEMOIR

Imagine Wanting Only This

Reviewed by Heller McAlpin ×

Kristin Radtke's graphic memoir grapples with the most essential -- and impossible to answer -- question: how do we face the ephemeral quality of our lives? Review by Heller McAlpin.
The Woman on the Stairs

FICTION

The Woman on the Stairs

Reviewed by Julia M. Klein ×

The mystery of an enigmatic portrait is at the heart of the new novel from the author of "The Reader." Review by Julia M. Klein.
One Touch of Nature: Beatrix Potter and the World She Made

LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS

One Touch of Nature: Beatrix Potter and the World She Made

Essay by Michael Dirda ×

A concise new life of the creator of Peter Rabbit and Pigling Bland illuminates a life devoted to the world her art and stories represent. Essay by Michael Dirda.