PAGES:
Reviews & Essays

The End

A debut novel about unrest in an immigrant neighborhood channels Faulkner and Joyce. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Bottlemania

Is it time to get rid of bottled water? And is tap water truly the answer? Read more...

Reviews & Essays

How Fiction Works

The iconoclastic literary critic examines the inner workings of the novel. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

The Secret Scripture

An aging denizen of a mental institution unfolds the story of her youth -- and the secrets that led to her incarceration. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

The Novels of John P. Marquand

The subtle, powerful satire of a writer who focused on the close-at-hand. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

The dramatic life of an iconoclastic Italian writer. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

The 16th-century clash of two civilizations produced some of the most memorable -- and bloody -- maritime battles in history. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

A sharp-eyed cadet navigates the Kafkaesque terrain of Pakistan?s military hierarchy in this debut novel. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Beijing Coma

A Chinese family?s struggle with repression, echoing in the mind of a victim of Tiananmen Square. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Dark Rainbow

Paul Di Filippo looks at four new books that showcase the capacious possibilities within fantasy?s darker reaches. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Not in the Flesh

Ruth Rendell?s Inspector Wexford investigates an old body -- and continues to mourn society?s decline. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family

An author?s obsession with an enigmatic atrocity leads to a surprising confrontation with the aftermath of violence. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

The underappreciated importance of the piano lesson. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

The Library at Night

Memoir, history, and philosophy join together in the work of a committed bibliophile. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

Slumberland

A quest for sound takes a DJ to post-Cold War Berlin in this picaresque send-up of racial and cultural preconceptions. Read more...

PAGES: