Posted: 2020-08-06 09:00:03
Throughout her essays, Melissa Faliveno is constantly straddling blurry lines, never willing to let any of her topics lie comfortably still, always turning them over to look at another facet...
Posted: 2020-08-06 11:00:26
Whatever you expected from Tamsyn Muir's followup to her lesbian-necromancers-in-space epic Gideon the Ninth, this is not that book — it's something wilder, darker and much, much weirder....
A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her ...

A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her Visions Of Love Stay With Us


Love is central to the work of Toni Morrison — she brought love to her examinations of Black life, and love itself was her enduring subject. But love isn't always a good or joyous thing in...
Posted: 2020-08-05 04:00:55
A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her Visions Of Love Stay With Us
Love is central to the work of Toni Morrison — she brought love to her examinations of Black life, and love itself was her enduring subject. But love isn't always a good or joyous thing in...
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Wi...

In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes


Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 11:00:28
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
A Sister Explores Her Sibling's Mysterio...

A Sister Explores Her Sibling's Mysterious Death In 'The Book Of Atlantis Black'


Betsy Bonner presents her sister with love, but also with honesty; she is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, sometimes the perpetrator and always the ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 09:00:28
A Sister Explores Her Sibling's Mysterious Death In 'The Book Of Atlantis Black'
Betsy Bonner presents her sister with love, but also with honesty; she is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, sometimes the perpetrator and always the ...

Posted: 2020-08-04 06:28:05
Raven Leilani's novel centers on a young woman with a free-range libido who dreams of being a painter. Luster is a crackling debut about sex, art and the inescapable workings of race....
Posted: 2020-08-04 02:00:26
Ashley Blooms' novel follows ten-year-old Misty, who can speak to everything around her — even the mice in the walls answer back. But she doesn't have words for what her friend has done to...
Love Triumphs Over Death In 'The Death O...

Love Triumphs Over Death In 'The Death Of Vivek Oji'


Akwaeke Emezi's new novel begins with a death; it adopts the form — but not the spirit — of traditional crime fiction, glorying in some of the genre's conventions while slyly subverting ...
Posted: 2020-08-04 11:00:25
Love Triumphs Over Death In 'The Death Of Vivek Oji'
Akwaeke Emezi's new novel begins with a death; it adopts the form — but not the spirit — of traditional crime fiction, glorying in some of the genre's conventions while slyly subverting ...
This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And Y...

This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And You'll Like It


Laura Van Den Berg's new collection is full of uncanny, exquisite, and painful stories about death, about loss and isolation and falling for the wrong person. Her writing will get under your...
Posted: 2020-08-03 11:00:34
This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And You'll Like It
Laura Van Den Berg's new collection is full of uncanny, exquisite, and painful stories about death, about loss and isolation and falling for the wrong person. Her writing will get under your...
For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport ...

For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport You


You may not really be able to leave the house right now, but of course fiction can take you all over the world. Here are three novels that will help you escape — to Japan, to Portugal and ...
Posted: 2020-08-01 11:00:27
For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport You
You may not really be able to leave the house right now, but of course fiction can take you all over the world. Here are three novels that will help you escape — to Japan, to Portugal and ...

Posted: 2020-07-31 11:00:26
Yiyun Li's new book — about a woman looking back on her life by annotating the diary of her late ex-lover — plays with both Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire and Li's own previous work....
Posted: 2020-07-31 10:31:00
There is a lot of detail amassed in the CNN analyst's book that even Trump investigation junkies won't have seen, much having to do with behind-the-scenes strategizing and negotiating by law...
True Crime Stories And The Obsession With The...

True Crime Stories And The Obsession With Them Form 'Unspeakable Acts'


The search for answers in this nonfiction anthology edited by Sarah Weinman is one of many cohesive elements that make the collection land among the best true crime books of the year....
Posted: 2020-07-30 03:11:00
True Crime Stories And The Obsession With Them Form 'Unspeakable Acts'
The search for answers in this nonfiction anthology edited by Sarah Weinman is one of many cohesive elements that make the collection land among the best true crime books of the year....
A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Nove...

A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Novel Will Wise You Up Fast


The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. And S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a noir thriller — with muscle cars....
Posted: 2020-07-30 02:39:38
A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Novel Will Wise You Up Fast
The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. And S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a noir thriller — with muscle cars....
In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Refle...

In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Reflects Back To Us The Early Days Of Now


Drafted soon after "the global humbling" of COVID began and completed in the days after George Floyd's murder, these personal essays capture the author's reflections during a time outside of...
Posted: 2020-07-29 02:01:35
In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Reflects Back To Us The Early Days Of Now
Drafted soon after "the global humbling" of COVID began and completed in the days after George Floyd's murder, these personal essays capture the author's reflections during a time outside of...

Posted: 2020-07-29 11:00:04
Cherie Dimaline's new novel seems small in scope — it's about a woman who loses her husband and is determined to bring him back, nothing more than that — but it's rich, tightly written a...
Posted: 2020-07-27 03:19:00
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores the relationship between trauma, agency, and voice as she excavates the lingering effects of her mother's murder upon her life....
Cartoonist Adrian Tomine's Self-Deprecat...

Cartoonist Adrian Tomine's Self-Deprecating, Self-Aware Humor Shines In Memoir


In framing Tomine's life trajectory via professional and personal setbacks and moments of mortification, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist becomes mesmerizing, funny, and deeply...
Posted: 2020-07-25 09:00:28
Cartoonist Adrian Tomine's Self-Deprecating, Self-Aware Humor Shines In Memoir
In framing Tomine's life trajectory via professional and personal setbacks and moments of mortification, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist becomes mesmerizing, funny, and deeply...
Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble...

Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble The Saints'


Alaya Dawn Johnson's new novel is set in New York on the eve of World War II, in a world where a few lucky (well, not that lucky) people are gifted with "saints' hands," that give them stran...
Posted: 2020-07-23 02:00:23
Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble The Saints'
Alaya Dawn Johnson's new novel is set in New York on the eve of World War II, in a world where a few lucky (well, not that lucky) people are gifted with "saints' hands," that give them stran...
Zadie Smith Hopscotches From The Personal To ...

Zadie Smith Hopscotches From The Personal To The Political In 'Intimations'


Smith began Intimations: Six Essays at the onset of the pandemic and finished it shortly after George Floyd's killing. Although only 100 pages, there's something worth quoting on virtually e...
Posted: 2020-07-22 06:09:59
Zadie Smith Hopscotches From The Personal To The Political In 'Intimations'
Smith began Intimations: Six Essays at the onset of the pandemic and finished it shortly after George Floyd's killing. Although only 100 pages, there's something worth quoting on virtually e...

Posted: 2020-07-22 01:29:00
Nicholson Baker's book misses the mark in an aim to take readers on a quest to discover if the U.S. used biological weapons developed in the '50s — and to examine the failings of public re...
Posted: 2020-07-22 09:00:11
Anne Applebaum writes in Twilight of Democracy that heir to fears and hatreds, even advanced societies are straining under repeated blows: protracted war, economic disruptions, migration, a ...
The Real 'Hamnet' Died Centuries Ag...

The Real 'Hamnet' Died Centuries Ago, But This Novel Is Timeless


Maggie O'Farell's new novel confront's a parent's worst nightmare: The loss of a child. In this case, it's Hamnet, the real-life son of William Shakespeare, whose death may have inspired Ham...
Posted: 2020-07-21 11:00:02
The Real 'Hamnet' Died Centuries Ago, But This Novel Is Timeless
Maggie O'Farell's new novel confront's a parent's worst nightmare: The loss of a child. In this case, it's Hamnet, the real-life son of William Shakespeare, whose death may have inspired Ham...
In 'The Answer Is ...' Jeopardy! Ho...

In 'The Answer Is ...' Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Carefully Curates His Responses


In his new memoir, the TV icon reflects on his cancer diagnosis and presents brief, sometimes compelling glimpses into his history, as he aims to convince the world he's just an average guy....
Posted: 2020-07-21 08:00:02
In 'The Answer Is ...' Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Carefully Curates His Responses
In his new memoir, the TV icon reflects on his cancer diagnosis and presents brief, sometimes compelling glimpses into his history, as he aims to convince the world he's just an average guy....
1918 Flu Inspired Donoghue's 'Pull ...

1918 Flu Inspired Donoghue's 'Pull Of The Stars' — A Disquieting Pandemic Novel


Set in a Dublin maternity ward in 1918, the novel captures a city devastated by a pandemic. By diving into the terrors of the past, Emma Donoghue presciently anticipates the miseries of our ...
Posted: 2020-07-20 04:18:55
1918 Flu Inspired Donoghue's 'Pull Of The Stars' — A Disquieting Pandemic Novel
Set in a Dublin maternity ward in 1918, the novel captures a city devastated by a pandemic. By diving into the terrors of the past, Emma Donoghue presciently anticipates the miseries of our ...

Posted: 2020-07-20 09:00:29
Though their stories encourage gawking, at least one throughline sticks after reading Sisters — the ugly deal these women have made with a movement that is ultimately ambivalent toward the...
Posted: 2020-07-19 11:00:27
S.A. Cosby's latest is being marketed as a crime novel — but that crime is the least important element in this wrenching story about race, family, and the temptation to take that one last ...
For July: 3 Romance Novels Grounded In Realit...

For July: 3 Romance Novels Grounded In Reality


Romance novel characters often face outlandish obstacles — pirates, spies, paranormal forces, plots. But this month, we're featuring three down-to-earth stories about balancing love and ca...
Posted: 2020-07-18 11:00:17
For July: 3 Romance Novels Grounded In Reality
Romance novel characters often face outlandish obstacles — pirates, spies, paranormal forces, plots. But this month, we're featuring three down-to-earth stories about balancing love and ca...
Grief And Guilt Spawn Horrors In 'The On...

Grief And Guilt Spawn Horrors In 'The Only Good Indians'


Stephen Graham Jones's new novel follows the aftermath of an elk hunt gone wrong and one man who's haunted by it — literally. It's a story of revenge and sorrow, but also identity and trad...
Posted: 2020-07-16 02:00:28
Grief And Guilt Spawn Horrors In 'The Only Good Indians'
Stephen Graham Jones's new novel follows the aftermath of an elk hunt gone wrong and one man who's haunted by it — literally. It's a story of revenge and sorrow, but also identity and trad...
If You Got A 'Do-Over,' Would You L...

If You Got A 'Do-Over,' Would You Like Your New Life?


Pretty in Pink meets Sliding Doors in this what-if story. High-schooler Emelia gets the chance to go back and change one decision in her past — but then she has to learn to live with the c...
Posted: 2020-07-16 11:00:06
If You Got A 'Do-Over,' Would You Like Your New Life?
Pretty in Pink meets Sliding Doors in this what-if story. High-schooler Emelia gets the chance to go back and change one decision in her past — but then she has to learn to live with the c...

Posted: 2020-07-15 11:00:30
Europe's favorite cartoon Gaul has bopped plenty of Romans, but he's never really hit big in America. A rebooted version of Asterix, with a new translation from the French, is aimed at chang...
Posted: 2020-07-14 11:00:28
Asako Serizawa's new novel is a tangle of interlocking stories about several generations of a Japanese family, beginning in 1868 and going all the way through to an imagined future in the 20...
Take 'The Unadoptables' Home For A ...

Take 'The Unadoptables' Home For A Rollicking Adventure


Hana Tooke creates a memorable villain, Matron Gassbeek, who menaces the feisty orphans of The Unadoptables in the grand tradition of awful authority figures like Miss Trunchbull and Viola S...
Posted: 2020-07-12 11:00:26
Take 'The Unadoptables' Home For A Rollicking Adventure
Hana Tooke creates a memorable villain, Matron Gassbeek, who menaces the feisty orphans of The Unadoptables in the grand tradition of awful authority figures like Miss Trunchbull and Viola S...
You Know How 'Survivor Song' Will E...

You Know How 'Survivor Song' Will End. It's Still Horrifying.


Paul Tremblay's new novel, about a viral outbreak that locks down New England, hits close to home. Taking place over just a few hours, it's both a zombie horror tale and a focused, personal ...
Posted: 2020-07-11 11:00:29
You Know How 'Survivor Song' Will End. It's Still Horrifying.
Paul Tremblay's new novel, about a viral outbreak that locks down New England, hits close to home. Taking place over just a few hours, it's both a zombie horror tale and a focused, personal ...
Gently Weird 'Collective Gravities'...

Gently Weird 'Collective Gravities' Grounds The Extraordinary In The Ordinary


Love isn't the main subject in Chloe N. Clark's debut collection, but it's an important one — these stories dig into the ways we evolve towards each other, form bonds, and feel the earth s...
Posted: 2020-07-09 11:00:26
Gently Weird 'Collective Gravities' Grounds The Extraordinary In The Ordinary
Love isn't the main subject in Chloe N. Clark's debut collection, but it's an important one — these stories dig into the ways we evolve towards each other, form bonds, and feel the earth s...

Posted: 2020-07-08 11:00:11
Charlie Kaufman's doorstopper new novel could only have been written by Charlie Kaufman — which may seem vague, but we promise it fits the unapologetic, overstuffed Antkind perfectly....
Posted: 2020-07-07 02:20:23
The family at the center of Lynn Steger Strong's novel is on the brink of bankruptcy. Want is a portrait of how close to the edge people are — despite the seeming safeguard of middle-class...
Journalist Kim Wall's Parents Show She W...

Journalist Kim Wall's Parents Show She Was More Than A Victim In 'A Silenced Voice'


Kim Wall was 30 when she was killed by a source. Her parents are working to make sure her name will not be a warning but a tag under ambitious investigative pieces, a line on resumes, a call...
Posted: 2020-07-07 09:00:01
Journalist Kim Wall's Parents Show She Was More Than A Victim In 'A Silenced Voice'
Kim Wall was 30 when she was killed by a source. Her parents are working to make sure her name will not be a warning but a tag under ambitious investigative pieces, a line on resumes, a call...
'Bright Precious Thing' Encompasses...

'Bright Precious Thing' Encompasses Memories Unleashed By #MeToo Movement


Like most good memoirs, Gail Caldwell's latest is a reassessment of life choices, roads taken and others foregone. "At some point you shuffle the cards and call the deck a life," she writes....
Posted: 2020-07-06 09:00:25
'Bright Precious Thing' Encompasses Memories Unleashed By #MeToo Movement
Like most good memoirs, Gail Caldwell's latest is a reassessment of life choices, roads taken and others foregone. "At some point you shuffle the cards and call the deck a life," she writes....
Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratc...

Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratchets Up The Dread


Silvia Moreno-Garcia's latest is true Gothic horror; set in 1950s Mexico in a creepy, isolated house where a young bride believes her new husband is poisoning her, and that ghosts walk throu...
Posted: 2020-07-02 11:00:24
Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratchets Up The Dread
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's latest is true Gothic horror; set in 1950s Mexico in a creepy, isolated house where a young bride believes her new husband is poisoning her, and that ghosts walk throu...

Posted: 2020-06-30 11:00:09
For summer, we've got a roundup of great new young adult fiction that stretches from Brooklyn to Ireland to fantasy realms of sirens and wolf-people....
Posted: 2020-06-28 11:00:26
Horror may not be readers' first choice in times like this, but Emma J. Gibbons' new collection, influenced by both punk rock and classic literature, is full of great characters and genuine ...
A Painful Past And Ghostly Present Converge I...

A Painful Past And Ghostly Present Converge In 'Tokyo Ueno Station'


Yu Miri's novel, about a homeless man who dies and finds the afterlife much bleaker than he expected, is both mournful and angry, emphasizing the unfairness of poverty with painful contrasts...
Posted: 2020-06-27 11:00:29
A Painful Past And Ghostly Present Converge In 'Tokyo Ueno Station'
Yu Miri's novel, about a homeless man who dies and finds the afterlife much bleaker than he expected, is both mournful and angry, emphasizing the unfairness of poverty with painful contrasts...
Fascinating, Messy 'Death In Her Hands&#...

Fascinating, Messy 'Death In Her Hands' Is A Portrait Of An Unraveling Mind


Ottessa Moshfegh's latest isn't exactly a murder mystery, though there seems to be a mysterious murder. It's more a portrait of a woman gradually losing her mind, using the mystery to try to...
Posted: 2020-06-25 11:00:13
Fascinating, Messy 'Death In Her Hands' Is A Portrait Of An Unraveling Mind
Ottessa Moshfegh's latest isn't exactly a murder mystery, though there seems to be a mysterious murder. It's more a portrait of a woman gradually losing her mind, using the mystery to try to...
'The Tigers' Two-Way Travelogue Is ...

'The Tigers' Two-Way Travelogue Is A Journey Both Within And Without


Known for her meditative travel memoirs, Mary Morris' wanderings were nearly curtailed by a serious ankle injury. All the Way to the Tigers is a passage deep into the broken places that shap...
Posted: 2020-06-23 05:13:44
'The Tigers' Two-Way Travelogue Is A Journey Both Within And Without
Known for her meditative travel memoirs, Mary Morris' wanderings were nearly curtailed by a serious ankle injury. All the Way to the Tigers is a passage deep into the broken places that shap...

Posted: 2020-06-19 08:25:00
David Litt, former speechwriter to President Obama and author of Thanks, Obama, refreshingly debunks myths about our founders, pointing up false narratives and warped historical perceptions....
Posted: 2020-06-18 03:00:26
In Chanel Cleeton's latest, three women from very different backgrounds — and with different goals in life and love — converge on Key West as the devastating Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 ...
John Bolton's Book 'The Room Where ...

John Bolton's Book 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,' Reviewed


Former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, is scheduled to come out next week and has already begun shipping....
Posted: 2020-06-17 08:11:00
John Bolton's Book 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,' Reviewed
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, is scheduled to come out next week and has already begun shipping....
John Bolton Unloads On Former Boss Trump, Eve...

John Bolton Unloads On Former Boss Trump, Even If It's A Little Late Now


The tone of his forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, suggests the diary of a tutor who has endured many frustrating months with a spoiled and inattentive pupil who ignores his lesso...
Posted: 2020-06-17 07:39:00
John Bolton Unloads On Former Boss Trump, Even If It's A Little Late Now
The tone of his forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, suggests the diary of a tutor who has endured many frustrating months with a spoiled and inattentive pupil who ignores his lesso...
'Billion Dollar Burger' Asks: What ...

'Billion Dollar Burger' Asks: What Is Meat?


Chase Purdy's briskly paced and quietly bold new book about the future of meat suggests people rethink its meaning, as he explores those at the forefront of developing cell-cultured meat....
Posted: 2020-06-17 09:00:27
'Billion Dollar Burger' Asks: What Is Meat?
Chase Purdy's briskly paced and quietly bold new book about the future of meat suggests people rethink its meaning, as he explores those at the forefront of developing cell-cultured meat....