Reader's Diary: July 2008

Brooke Allen on Charles Strouse?s Broadway memories, and more. Read more...

Reader's Diary: First Impressions

This month, Brooke Allen looks at debut novels and historic introductions. Read more...

Reader?s Diary

Brooke Allen looks at kid-lit gatekeepers and more. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Brooke Allen on Alan Bennett's intellectual comedy, Andrea di Robilant's portrait of the passing of Venetian grandeur, and more. Read more...

Elmer Gantry

Brooke Allen on Sinclair Lewis's enduring satire. Read more...

The Way of All Flesh

Brooke Allen on the strange book that brought the curtain down on the Victorian era. Read more...

A Time to Keep Silence

Brooke Allen on Patrick Leigh Fermor's glorious prose and monastic sojourns. Read more...

About the Columnist
Brooke Allen is the author of Twentieth-Century Attitudes; Artistic License; and Moral Minority. She is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The New Criterion, The New Leader, The Hudson Review, and The Nation, among others. She was named a finalist for the 2007 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).