My Brilliant Mother
What I learned about literature and family when I got my mom to translate the fourth Neapolitan novel for both of us to read together.
Escaping the Poisonous Womb of HomeThe real heart of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is the economic striving that drives their heroine throughout her life.
The 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.)
If I Could Talk to the AnimalsTwo new books make the case for what animals feel—and what we lose when we discount their emotions.
Eat 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.
Petty Brutality Karolina Waclawiak’s The Invaders explores the small cruelties that bored, wealthy people inflict on each other.
American BeautiesTwo books tell the story of the evolution of the American fashion model, from Ford to Versailles.
Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates’s new book is a monumental work about being black in America that every American urgently needs to read.
The Cartoonist Other Cartoonists Can’t Wait to ReadThe fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats is just as great as the first three.
Serious Bill-Paying SkillageErnest Cline’s Armada is everything wrong with gaming culture wrapped up in one soon-to-be–best-selling novel.
Jonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His CriticsPurity is the writer’s most limber, enjoyable novel yet.
A Tightrope Walk Over the AbyssKaren Russell talks to Helen Phillips about her weird, beautiful debut novel.
From 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.
Fitzgerald the ProA lost short story reminds us that even at the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald could craft a tale.
The Unusual Mind of Clarice LispectorThe Brazilian writer’s Complete Stories reveals she was a genius on the level of Nabokov.
Ghost Story from a Haunted ConscienceHarper Lee’s complicated new novel wrestles with race and loses.
Ask Not For Whom the Goat BleatsIt bleats for Stavros Stavros Mavrakis in Annie Liontas’ sly debut Let Me Explain You.
That Peculiar Almost AffirmativeColm Tóibín’s glorious, maddening, uneven book about Elizabeth Bishop.
The Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New NovelThe 86-year-old author has grown surprisingly—and delightfully—cheerful.