The Death of the California Dream

Claire Vaye Watkins’ debut novel takes place in a Golden State turned endless desert.

Oct. 4 2015 7:59 PMWhy Do-Gooders Make the Rest of Us UncomfortableLarissa MacFarquhar explores unchecked idealism in Strangers Drowning.
Sept. 23 2015 12:11 PMThe MaskMary Karr, master of memoir.
Sept. 11 2015 12:56 PM“I Still Have Secrets”The collected stories of Joy Williams.
Sept. 11 2015 11:41 AMThe Art of PackagingThe untold story of the female agent who ruled 1970s Hollywood.
Sept. 10 2015 11:53 AMDeep PainMark Doty’s ninth book of poems is about the beauty that flourishes in suffering.
Sept. 10 2015 11:00 AMDid Scarlett Thomas Miss Her Chance?What happens when the stars don’t align for a gifted novelist.
Sept. 9 2015 10:12 AMThe Human ApparatusFat City, Leonard Gardner’s novel of the sport of busted beaks.
Sept. 8 2015 11:39 AMChocky, the Kindly Body SnatcherJohn Wyndham’s last sci-fi novel, Chocky, is more domestic comedy than allegorical catastrophe. 
Aug. 31 2015 10:55 AMEscaping the Poisonous Womb of HomeThe real heart of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is the economic striving that drives their heroine throughout her life.
Aug. 7 2015 2:51 PMCatty and Selfish and IndomitableA delicious first novel about growing up and not leaving New York.
Aug. 7 2015 10:52 AMThe Oregon Trail, IRLA strange new book tells us exactly what it’s like to head West by covered wagon today. (You might fall in love with your mules.)
Aug. 6 2015 5:57 AMRed Red WhineIs bias against redheads really “one of the last great social prejudices”?
Aug. 5 2015 12:46 PMIf I Could Talk to the AnimalsTwo new books make the case for what animals feel—and what we lose when we discount their emotions.
Aug. 4 2015 10:42 AMWonderA theoretical physicist searches for the design behind nature’s beauty.
Aug. 3 2015 10:03 AMEat or Be EatenAlexandra Kleeman’s debut may be our best novel about the weirdness of being female in a culture that is obsessed with women’s bodies.
Oct. 2 2015 7:26 AMNo Life on MarsAndy Weir’s The Martian gets the science right but leaves out what matters most.
Sept. 16 2015 5:45 AMStrange BedfellowsHow Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies brings two very different people—and novels—together.
Sept. 11 2015 11:47 AMUnlearning to WriteUrsula Le Guin’s guide to the impossible craft of storytelling.
Sept. 11 2015 10:59 AM**** You have lost ****A text adventure review.
Sept. 10 2015 11:38 AMMy Dog’s a Star!A lovely story of viral fame for very young readers.
Sept. 9 2015 11:58 AM“Dickens + MP3 ÷ Balzac + JPEG”Valeria Luiselli produced her novel The Story of My Teeth under peculiar stars.
Sept. 8 2015 12:03 PMSuperhero Comics for Little SuperheroesCaped crusaders are not just not just for kids anymore.
Aug. 31 2015 10:57 AMMy Brilliant MotherWhat I learned about literature and family when I got my mom to translate the fourth Neapolitan novel for both of us to read together.
Aug. 26 2015 2:01 PMJonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His CriticsPurity is the writer’s most limber, enjoyable novel yet.
Aug. 7 2015 11:35 AMA Tightrope Walk Over the AbyssKaren Russell talks to Helen Phillips about her weird, beautiful debut novel.
Aug. 6 2015 1:18 PMThe Illogic of All Sex LawsA new book traces a century of legislative prudery.
Aug. 5 2015 1:02 PMMeet OafA romance comic for bear-lovers and the bears who love them.
Aug. 4 2015 11:09 AMFrom Tapestries to Texting BubblesMatthew Battles’ Palimpsest is a “history of the written word” that misunderstands exactly how our relationship to the written word has changed.
Aug. 4 2015 5:45 AMFitzgerald the ProA lost short story reminds us that even at the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald could craft a tale.
Aug. 2 2015 9:05 PMThe Unusual Mind of Clarice LispectorThe Brazilian writer’s Complete Stories reveals she was a genius on the level of Nabokov.