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Sept. 29 2017 6:45 PMThanks, ObamaThis memoir by a former White House speechwriter (and joke writer) is irresistibly charming. It also feels like the setup for a grim cosmic punch line.
Sept. 20 2017 9:00 AMBFFsTwo new novels approach the pleasures and perils of female friendship in strikingly different ways.
Sept. 14 2017 6:50 PMWhy Isn’t Hillary Clinton Even Angrier?In What Happened, Clinton takes on the obsessive demand that she assume responsibility for the 2016 election. But we can’t move on.
Sept. 4 2017 11:31 PMJohn Ashbery’s Convex MirrorYes, the poet’s work was difficult. But he was great because everyone found his work just as difficult as you did.
Aug. 18 2017 9:36 AMOutraged RomanticWhat is Jeremiah Moss really pining for when he decries the loss of Old New York?
Aug. 16 2017 10:38 AM“I Had a Boss Who Interrupted Me Constantly to Say, ‘Gee, You Have Pretty Hair’ ”Ellen Ullman, who worked as a computer programmer in the ’70s and ’80s, on building a career within the “boy culture” of tech.
Aug. 15 2017 9:18 AMTrue Crime Gets PrettyOnce trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?
Aug. 3 2017 12:28 PMTell Me I’m InterestingSally Rooney’s debut novel is a remarkably charming exploration of that very uncharming subject: the human ego.
July 21 2017 9:38 AMExotic MinutiaeA new novel imagines the psychology of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murderer with vivid, obsessive historical detail.
July 17 2017 9:30 AMHow Reality CrumblesA timely and troubling new novel ranks among the best works of queer science fiction.
July 5 2017 10:41 AMFamous Last WordsThree memoirs of mortality suggest that even for the terminally ill, universal truths are elusive.
June 23 2017 9:41 AMMother-StungSherman Alexie’s terrific book is the latest entry in a burgeoning genre: memoirs of moms.
June 15 2017 11:29 AMSecond SightTeju Cole’s new book of photography and essays feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of his career.
June 13 2017 9:00 AMA Novel Wrapped in a MysteryMaile Meloy’s thriller is a bait and switch in the best sense.
June 6 2017 1:36 PM“When I Write Fiction, I’m in My Body as a Different Person”Arundhati Roy on balancing her dual identity as fiery political commentator and soft-spoken novelist.
Sept. 21 2017 11:50 AMAmerica the SupervillainSalman Rushdie’s new novel sets out to skewer our political landscape and ends up crushed by the weight of its own hyperbole.
Sept. 18 2017 7:45 AMTraumatized GhostsJesmyn Ward’s new novel is like a modern Beloved, with the cruelty of the criminal justice system swapped in for the torments of slavery.
Sept. 5 2017 10:15 AMCutting ’Em Down to SizeA new dismantling of Freud shows the value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet.
Aug. 24 2017 12:46 PMSour Heart Sets the “Model Minority” Myth on FireJenny Zhang’s debut is at once gorgeous and grotesque—and marks an auspicious beginning for Lena Dunham’s imprint.
Aug. 17 2017 9:53 AMIf “The End of Men” Were a NovelTom Perrotta’s latest chronicle of suburban life feels less like a coherent story than an extended think piece about “the way we live now.”
Aug. 16 2017 9:30 AMKeep It Hot, Keep It RealMatthew Klam’s Who Is Rich? totally reinvigorates the literary cliché of the male midlife crisis.
Aug. 14 2017 7:45 AMNowhere ManIn this extraordinary Korean comic, a cartoonist and his wife escape to the country, and everything goes wrong.
July 26 2017 12:17 PMThe World Without UsWhat kind of books do you write when you believe civilization is doomed?
July 18 2017 2:37 PMThe Chickenshit ClubA new book indicts the Justice Department with a fiery passion. So why do its arguments feel so inert?
July 12 2017 9:30 AMShe Dined on Black PuddingA new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.
June 26 2017 12:22 PMThe Hunger to Stop HurtingRoxane Gay, through the act of memoir, attempts to take possession of her body.
June 19 2017 11:49 AMTo Overflow Every Division Between Human BeingsArundhati Roy’s immensely rewarding The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
June 13 2017 10:21 AMThe Mournful, Lonely Feminism of Chelsea Clinton’s She PersistedIf the broken heart of the Clinton campaign wrote a kids’ book, this would be it.
June 12 2017 3:59 PMOenophiles Gone WildWho would have guessed that a journey through the snooty world of sommeliers could be such raucous fun?
June 5 2017 5:50 AMWhy Not Al?Al Franken says his book isn’t a prelude to a presidential campaign, but the American people can hope, right?