In Praise of Reader ReviewsA book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads.
America’s First Civil WarAlan Taylor’s new history poses the revolution as a battle inside America as well as for its liberty.
What’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
The Most Dreadful Murder of the CenturyA true-crime book about a 19th-century murder that takes an unexpected turn.
Bound to LaborA controversial new novel imagines what America would look like if the Civil War had never happened.
Ben Lerner Doesn’t Hate PoetryHis new treatise The Hatred of Poetry is actually a very effective defense of the form.
“Ten Years Ago, I Helped a Handful of Men Take My Little Brother’s Life”The South African novelist Masande Ntshanga’s woozy, touching The Reactive.
Introducing Barchester TowersOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is an intensely enjoyable workplace comedy from 19th-century England.
The Messy WomanHeather Havrilesky’s advice column urges readers to revel in their own hot mess-ness.
White TrashA new window into the time-honored tradition of American politicians stoking racial and class tensions for personal gain.
Diary of a Binge-WatcherIn the ’80s, Clive James said TV would never be more than “mediocre.” Then, devouring endless hours of television changed his mind.
Girl, ManterruptedWhat’s the role of cutesy workplace feminism, full of slang like himitator and bropriator, amid the deeply un-cute sexism of Ailes and his ilk?
Nothing Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer’s new novel is most powerful when it doesn’t try to reach easy conclusions.
Trollope’s Worthless Young MenThe Victorian novelist brilliantly captured the dithering of twentysomethings in love.
Practicing Art With Liberty and JoyHow does an ironist write about slavery? Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.
“The Concubine Culture Is Alive and Well”Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s new novel exposes the glittering compromises of the “sarong party girl.”
You’ve Never Heard of Charlie Chan Hock Chye?Sonny Liew’s book explores the history of Singapore—and of comics—through one fictional cartoonist’s life.
The Screen and the PageFor premium-cable showrunners, novel-writing is the ultimate auteur experience.
“One Thing Is Inescapable: I Write”Dorthe Nors’ twinned novellas are a stunning meditation on female art-making.
Hear Barchester TowersA special gift from Audible for Slate Plus members: an audiobook of our next selection for a Year of Great Books.
A Perfect 16.223Dvora Meyers explains why gymnastics’ perfect 10 went away—and why it’s not coming back.
The Virgil of NebraskaWhat Willa Cather’s style shows us about memory, and how we should think about her lesbianism.
Growing Up My ÁntoniaThe writer and radio host Kurt Andersen talks about reading Willa Cather under the epic prairie skies of his native Nebraska.