Cornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi CoatesWhy his broadside should feel like a crushing disappointment to any young critic who writes about race in America.
The 19 Best Sentences of 2017Straight from the pens of Sally Rooney, Durga Chew-Bose, and James Comey, to name a few.
Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017A reimagined Odyssey, Hillary Clinton’s reckoning, and fairy tales about sexual horror.
The Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, and Eleanor Davis.
Man OnA beautiful, evocative novel explores masculinity through the life of a gay footballer in the English second division.
Gourmand, à l’AméricaineAmericans in Paris like Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher are famous for educating their compatriots about quality cooking. But did they miss its raison d’être?
Is Trump Crazy?Two new books set out to assess Trump’s mental health and end up with equally terrifying but totally opposite results.
Bad ImpressionAlec Baldwin’s satirical Trump memoir captures what is tiring about his Trump portrayal—and most Trump-related comedy in general.
Bernie Sanders, King of YA LitHow did his latest political manifesto become a young adult best-seller?
Give Me Grant: An American MusicalWith his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Ron Chernow turns the life of yet another misunderstood figure from U.S. currency into narrative gold.
Thanks, 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.
The 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017From the dulcet tones of Michael Sheen to the irresistible deadpan of Sherman Alexie.
Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017Pankaj Mishra’s urgent political analysis, Ali Smith’s blissful prose, and David Grann’s latest journo-thriller.
These Happy Golden YearsA new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder untangles her story from the American myths her novels helped create.
Dr. Strangelove Was a DocumentaryDaniel Ellsberg’s new memoir would be an urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons—even if Trump weren’t president.
The Poet-HistorianFederico García Lorca has often been criticized for exoticizing marginalized groups, but this translation finds new depth in his handling of race.
The Occasional DateWhy you should read the 700-page collected diaries of British playwright Alan Bennett.
One Path for the Impersonal EssayFrancis Spufford’s curious, erudite essays are a reminder of what the form can do when it isn’t about confessing anything.
Grimm Meets Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Each era has its own fairy tales to teach kids what a princess looks like and what monsters to fear. The stories in this stunning debut collection are ours.
Originality Is OverratedJennifer Egan’s first novel since Goon Squad is very conventional World War II historical fiction. It’s spectacular.
We Made Ta-Nehisi Coates Into a SymbolNow his new book forces us to consider him as a writer, nothing more and nothing less.
America the SupervillainSalman Rushdie’s new novel sets out to skewer our political landscape and ends up crushed by the weight of its own hyperbole.