Michelle McNamara’s Search for Truth
The true-crime writer died while hunting for a killer. Her final book is a testament to her gifts.
The Ultimate Overdetermined TextTwo sex memoirs remind us that one woman’s degrading encounter can be another’s delirium of abandon.
Endless ExileWhat would it be like to live, and work, and fall in love if your life were 15 times longer than the average human?
How Rose McGowan Styled Herself as the Woke Preacher of #MeTooHer memoir sheds light on exactly why she’s such a complicated figure to help lead this movement.
The 8 Best Audiobooks of 2017From the dulcet tones of Michael Sheen to the irresistible deadpan of Sherman Alexie.
Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017Pankaj Mishra’s urgent political analysis, Ali Smith’s blissful prose, and David Grann’s latest journo-thriller.
These Happy Golden YearsA new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder untangles her story from the American myths her novels helped create.
Dr. Strangelove Was a DocumentaryDaniel Ellsberg’s new memoir would be an urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons—even if Trump weren’t president.
The Poet-HistorianFederico García Lorca has often been criticized for exoticizing marginalized groups, but this translation finds new depth in his handling of race.
The Occasional DateWhy you should read the 700-page collected diaries of British playwright Alan Bennett.
One Path for the Impersonal EssayFrancis Spufford’s curious, erudite essays are a reminder of what the form can do when it isn’t about confessing anything.
The 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize ShortlistsThe best print and web comics of 2017, selected by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Forensic Science May Be Evolving, but the System Is BrokenThe Cadaver King and the Country Dentist offers an outrageous tale of scientific fraud. Its commentary on the court system is even more chilling.
The First Rough Draft of HistoryAli Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is being written as we live it.
The Michael Wolff WayFire and Fury’s shoddy journalism manages to indict both Wolff’s tactics and the whole media ecosystem around him.
Cornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi CoatesWhy his broadside should feel like a crushing disappointment to any young critic who writes about race in America.
The 19 Best Sentences of 2017Straight from the pens of Sally Rooney, Durga Chew-Bose, and James Comey, to name a few.
Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017A reimagined Odyssey, Hillary Clinton’s reckoning, and fairy tales about sexual horror.
The Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, and Eleanor Davis.
Man OnA beautiful, evocative novel explores masculinity through the life of a gay footballer in the English second division.
Gourmand, à l’AméricaineAmericans in Paris like Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher are famous for educating their compatriots about quality cooking. But did they miss its raison d’être?
Is Trump Crazy?Two new books set out to assess Trump’s mental health and end up with equally terrifying but totally opposite results.
Bad ImpressionAlec Baldwin’s satirical Trump memoir captures what is tiring about his Trump portrayal—and most Trump-related comedy in general.