Coming UnhingedA peculiar novel about all the possibilities your life doesn’t include.
I’m a Freshman. What’s the One Book I Must Read?Slate staffers recommend the perfect reading material for the college-bound.
A Skirt Amongst MenAifric Campbell’s caustic novel follows a young Irishwoman’s rise in the world of high finance.
No Sex Please, We’re FrenchSophie Fontanel stayed magnifique through a long dry spell.
See You Again, Old BeijingMy book was banned in China for five years. Then they cleared it—and let me visit on a book tour.
Nothing Happens, DeliberatelyWhy Necessary Errors feels like a new model for contemporary fiction.
Mass-Market MarathonTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is everything I hoped it would be.
Britten’s BoysA new biography explores the music of Benjamin Britten, but does it give short shrift to the composer’s infatuation with the underage?
A Superhero’s Origin StoryA new comics trilogy tells the tale of Rep. John Lewis and the struggle for civil rights.
Mass-Market MarathonThe beauty of the pocket paperback: If it stinks, you can just throw it away!
Mass-Market MarathonThe book Vonnegut called “The truest and funniest sex novel any American will ever write.”
CorrectionsThe short and difficult marriage of Jonathan Franzen and Oprah Winfrey.
Mass-Market MarathonOne week at the beach, 23 pocket paperbacks.
Sex and the Single IntellectualThe Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. exposes the personal hypocrisy of the chattering classes.
Roger Ebert’s PilgrimageWalking London with the late film critic, thanks to his long-lost 1986 book.
CeremonyCan one Joy Division fan change the bloody ways of the Aztec empire?
Norman Rush and Ann CloseThe Slate Book Review author-editor conversation.
Outrageous FortuneA self-published riff on Hamlet broke every Kickstarter record. But is this book worth $580,905?
My Metonym for Self-Reference Weighs a TonWhen the “resoundingly and in all ways white” David Foster Wallace tried to write about hip-hop.
PlotsThe characters in Javier Marías’ novel say plot doesn’t matter—but they’re stuck in one.
Moses Parting the Red-Ink SeaClark Howard, the most reasonable financial guru in the bookstore.
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of GravesBrian Teare’s poetry is about grass, but it’s also about life and death.
Choire Sicha and Barry HarbaughThe Slate Book Review author-editor conversation.
Mass-Market MarathonA Shirley Jackson mystery—and the case of the disappearing literary paperback.
Mass-Market MarathonA Charles Portis novel can clear your sinuses like a shot of whiskey.
Mass-Market MarathonRevisiting John Gardner’s Grendel, the first book that blew my mind.
Mass-Market MarathonThe magic of Xanth, and of books you can read on the beach.
Private “I”J. K. Rowling’s undercover detective story sounds sort of like her, sort of better.
Pattern RecognitionThe swoosh, the golden arches, the chevron, and a million other logos your hindbrain can recognize before you do.
The Unexpected GuestWhen an ailing parent comes to stay.