Bruce Springsteen’s Brilliant Disguise
The Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.
How to Play Your Way to a Fun LifeJust don’t expect to enjoy everything all the time, says Ian Bogost in his new book, Play Anything.
The Life’s Journey of the Phone-Sex OperatorA witty and sexy comic about a woman trying to figure out her life.
Virtual GraveIn Lara Vapnyar’s Still Here, startups are the new false land of opportunity for immigrants.
My Brilliant MomNadja Spiegelman’s memoir about four generations of charged mother-daughter relationships.
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.
Introducing Borges’ FiccionesOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is both metaphysical and pulpy.
The Death FakersA lively new book investigates the siren call—and annoying logistics—of death fraud.
Wandering Pathways, Scrabbling ClawsStephen Burt on a geekily magnificent Florida poem by Allan Peterson.
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.