The Best Book Jackets of 2016
From Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, the most eye-catching and imaginative cover art of the year.
The Last BattleDavid France’s remarkable history of the fight against AIDS is a chronicle of the recent past that sheds light on the fights to come.
Two-Thousand Years of GrinchesHand-wringing over Christmas has been going on since the Christ child left the manger.
The Scheherazade of the East BayMichael Chabon’s Moonglow is once again testament to the power of storytelling to cast a spell.
Introducing The Brothers KaramazovOur final Year of Great Books selection is a philosophical novel, a family drama, a murder mystery, and a love story. It’s also an immortal masterpiece.
The Brimming Heart of Zadie SmithAfter the departure of NW, Swing Time returns her to the clamorous, loving realism she does best.
Island of the Blue Dolphins and the Dream of LonelinessHow the great children’s novel about a girl left alone on an island in the Pacific was written—and the real girl whose story inspired it.
The Great Dying That Is to ComeMichael McCarthy celebrates the natural world and mourns our implacable destruction of it.
What Should We Read Last?Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, or Tolstoy? Help us pick the final selection for A Year of Great Books.
The Funniest Living Writers Choose the Funniest Books in the WorldWe asked more than 30 writers for the books that make them laugh. They had a lot to say.
Our 10 Favorite Comics of 2016Dead superheroes, dissolute witches, dangerous trolls, lost lovers: the best in graphic storytelling.
“I Built My Own Power”Megyn Kelly’s memoir is an unsettling window into the forces behind her meteoric rise.
Zadie Smith on Male Critics, Appropriation, and What Interests Her Novelistically About TrumpA wide-ranging conversation.
Life Among the StarsBob Dylan, Meryl Streep, Leonard Cohen: Marni Jackson’s surreal fiction about real celebrities.
About FiccionesWhat Jorge Luis Borges taught Slate’s Year of Great Books about free will, plot twists, and intellectual folly.
The Marvelous Order of the CityJane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.
Lonely HuntersEmily Witt’s Future Sex irresistibly explores the mournfulness and hopefulness of singledom today.
When a Time-Traveling Space Hero Gets Lost, Who Takes Care of Him?John Martz’s touching comic Burt’s Way Home.
Eerie and CheeryShirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife. Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales. Don’t dismiss her.