The Old NormalWhere should readers draw the line between Richard Ford and his famous protagonist Frank Bascombe?
Look at Me, I’m Peggy LeeA new biography makes the “Fever” singer seem glamorous and pathetic all at once.
Invisible Airplane, Meet Glass CeilingWilliam Moulton Marston, his two wives, and the feminist origins of Wonder Woman.
The Monkey’s PawA special Slate edition of the classic 1902 story of the macabre.
The Plath CureMeg Wolitzer’s new young adult novel examines The Bell Jar through fresh eyes.
Vaccine as MetaphorOn Immunity is a brilliant book-length essay about very old fears.
A Man, a Dog, and a MonsterAlec Longstreth’s delightful all-ages fable Basewood.
Safe as HousesTana French’s extraordinary Dublin mysteries portray a city where everyone’s looking for a home.
Martin Amis’ Zones of InterestCritics want him to stop writing about the horrors of history. But his new novel suggests vicious satire might be an honest way to treat the deaths of millions.
Fighting the Sophomore Slump, Five Novels at a TimeAnnouncing the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Relax, ParentsYour teenager probably doesn’t even know what a sex bracelet is.
In Search of TransparencyThe Irish author Eimear McBride’s breathtaking debut novel A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.
You Had to Be ThereWhat we can learn from things that used to be funny.
Secret ChordsThe brilliance—and the blind spots—of one of the world’s great rock critics.
Dotted LinesRainey Royal portrays the real complexity of teenage sexuality.
Pretending to Be MeA new biography of Philip Larkin can’t face his flaws.
Down and OutDenis Johnson returns to Africa, this time in fiction.
How the Right Was WonFinally, a book that tells the real story of the marriage equality movement.
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is Not TartA cookbook devoted to an unexpected flavor.
Blackness VisibleClaudia Rankine’s poems explore how to write about yourself when your language pretends you don’t exist.
Monkey BusinessPolitical journalism got personal long before Gary Hart had an affair.
BibliodromeDavid Cronenberg’s 21st-century noir novel Consumed.
A Likeness of WingsMarilynne Robinson flies higher and goes deeper into issues of faith and redemption in Lila.
“No Child Has Ever Been Harmed by Music”John Darnielle’s novel digs into an artist’s unspoken fears and doubts about his fans.
The Character Loses Battles, but the Writer’s Won the War Caitlin Moran is all grown up. Can her autobiographical novel about an unformed girl overcome that?
All That GlittersDaphne Merkin writes seductively about the brilliant surface of our surface-infatuated age.
Lost Souls Wandering to Their DoomThe gorgeous ghost stories of Emily Carroll.
Longings and DesiresAnother masterpiece of love, lust, and suspense from Sarah Waters.
The AbracadabrapolisJoseph O’Neill’s new novel is about a nameless expat in Dubai.
Les Mots JustesWhy is learning French so terrifying?