The Overlooked Books of 2015
Slate Book Review critics recommend 27 books you’d probably love if only you knew about them.
When He Was CruelElvis Costello’s memoir is most potent when it wrestles with the sins of the past—and his relationship with his bandleader father.
Beautiful and Surprising Maps of the Worlds Within BooksAndrew DeGraff’s remarkable “literary atlas” Plotted.
Oh, the HumanityA mind-bending, award-winning science fiction trilogy that expertly investigates the way we live now.
King Michael of Times SquareThe glorious, entertaining, phony, doomed reign of Broadway reporter Michael Riedel.
Maternal InstinctsMary Gaitskill’s novel uses the story of a young girl and a horse to ask: Does motherhood make you a “normal” woman?
Founding Father FailsSarah Vowell on embracing the inconsistencies and personal shortcomings of great men.
A Whole Different Order of NothingPaul Murray’s new novel is the funniest book ever written about the international banking system.
Portrait of an English VillageRonald Blythe’s Akenfield demonstrates that the strongest link between past and future is the living memories of our neighbors.
The Elegant Bigotry of Michel HouellebecqHis new novel treats Islam, and women, so badly that it’s hard not to wonder where the character’s views end and the author’s begin.
Why Do-Gooders Make the Rest of Us UncomfortableLarissa MacFarquhar explores unchecked idealism in Strangers Drowning.
A Conversation With Philip PullmanThe Golden Compass author on loneliness, Romanticism, the meaning of the “young adult” label, and why we all want daemons.
Truth or Beauty—Pick OneThe harder Carl Phillips’ poems look for beauty, the further they go from home.
You May Say I’m a DreamerJohn Lennon visits his tiny, private Irish island in Kevin Barry’s riotous Beatlebone.
The Girl, the Psycho, and the Nice GuyA comic about teenagers that understands just how frustrating they can be.
The Odd Case of the Nazi JudgeKonrad Morgen claimed he worked to undermine the Nazi regime by rigorously enforcing its own laws.
The Death of the California DreamClaire Vaye Watkins’ debut novel takes place in a Golden State turned endless desert.
Strange BedfellowsHow Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies brings two very different people—and novels—together.