The Age of Adolescence
November 07, 2012

As one reads Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, present and past entangle just as childhood and adulthood spar.

The Professor: Jill Lepore's Fatal Flaw
November 04, 2012

The virtues of this collection are overshadowed by Lepore’s campaign against popular historians.

Poets, Protesters, and Proletarians—Oddballs of the Nineteenth Century
November 02, 2012

Seldes wanted to show that there was a greater logic to the apparent cacophony of nineteenth-century enthusiasms.

Sons and Mothers—The Disappointing End of Lois Lowry’s Giver Series
November 01, 2012

Son is primarily concerned with probing the ideas of family and parental relations first presented in The Giver.

A Middlemarch for Middle America
October 31, 2012

The strength of Attenberg’s modest but effective novel is that she convinces us that the way the Middlesteins live is, indeed, the way we live now.

The End of a Friendship and the Start of the Cold War
October 30, 2012

For Frank Costigliola, the Cold War began the day Roosevelt died.

Room for Improvement—Emma Donoghue’s Limp Short Stories
October 29, 2012

Emma Donoghue's stories are all explication, a series of novels in miniature.

Eat More Meat—Unfashionable Advice from a New Cookbook
October 26, 2012

All meat, all the time. For a cookbook that purports to be something of a response to contemporary concerns, this is a single-minded volume.

Why IQs Rise
October 25, 2012

In spite of his new book’s title, Flynn does not suggest a simple yes or no answer to this question.

Why Democrats Need the White Working Class
October 24, 2012

What’s The Matter with White People is really about what’s the matter with the white working class.