If “The End of Men” Were a NovelTom Perrotta’s latest chronicle of suburban life feels less like a coherent story than an extended think piece about “the way we live now.”
Keep It Hot, Keep It RealMatthew Klam’s Who Is Rich? totally reinvigorates the literary cliché of the male midlife crisis.
Nowhere ManIn this extraordinary Korean comic, a cartoonist and his wife escape to the country, and everything goes wrong.
The Chickenshit ClubA new book indicts the Justice Department with a fiery passion. So why do its arguments feel so inert?
She Dined on Black PuddingA new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.
The Hunger to Stop HurtingRoxane Gay, through the act of memoir, attempts to take possession of her body.
To Overflow Every Division Between Human BeingsArundhati Roy’s immensely rewarding The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
The Mournful, Lonely Feminism of Chelsea Clinton’s She PersistedIf the broken heart of the Clinton campaign wrote a kids’ book, this would be it.
Oenophiles Gone WildWho would have guessed that a journey through the snooty world of sommeliers could be such raucous fun?
Why Not Al?Al Franken says his book isn’t a prelude to a presidential campaign, but the American people can hope, right?
Killers of the Flower MoonHow does David Grann manage to repackage the historical record so that it arrives with the force of a revelation?
What They Did to My BabyA new memoir by Trayvon Martin’s parents lays bare the emotional costs of watching your child’s murder catalyze a social movement.
Red Pens and Invisible InkEditors do their work behind the scenes, but they can have as much to do with a novel’s success (or failure) as the author does.
“I Had a Boss Who Interrupted Me Constantly to Say, ‘Gee, You Have Pretty Hair’ ”Ellen Ullman, who worked as a computer programmer in the ’70s and ’80s, on building a career within the “boy culture” of tech.
True Crime Gets PrettyOnce trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?
Tell Me I’m InterestingSally Rooney’s debut novel is a remarkably charming exploration of that very uncharming subject: the human ego.
Exotic MinutiaeA new novel imagines the psychology of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murderer with vivid, obsessive historical detail.
How Reality CrumblesA timely and troubling new novel ranks among the best works of queer science fiction.
Famous Last WordsThree memoirs of mortality suggest that even for the terminally ill, universal truths are elusive.
Mother-StungSherman Alexie’s terrific book is the latest entry in a burgeoning genre: memoirs of moms.
Second SightTeju Cole’s new book of photography and essays feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of his career.
“When I Write Fiction, I’m in My Body as a Different Person”Arundhati Roy on balancing her dual identity as fiery political commentator and soft-spoken novelist.
She’s Not Like Those Other Feminists Laura Kipnis’ lively, thrilling, maddening crusade against PC overreach in campus sexual politics.
Shalts and Shalt-NotsWhy do the Ten Commandments occupy such a lofty place in the American sensibility?