Books

The Memory and The Pity
January 11, 2012

Robert Bober's new novel, like much of his previous fiction, is preoccupied with the question of how to give proper deference to memories that are har

Sex and Prophecy
January 10, 2012

David Lodge's novel opens just after World War II in England, when the seventy-nine-year-old H.G. Wells has just learned that he is dying of cancer. S

A Consequential Man
January 09, 2012

Carl Bogus is a fan of sorts, posthumously charmed by William F. Buckley’s wit and winning personality. More than this, Bogus grants enormous stature

New and Unimproved
January 04, 2012

Adaptation and reinvention run alongside the greatest artistic pursuits, and it has long been a skill of fine artists to steal for the purpose of maki

Mean Streets
January 02, 2012

At heart, though, this book is less an exercise in spatial definition as psycho-geography than an investigation not only into what the East End “is” o

Literary Resolutions For the New Year
December 30, 2011

Last year, I gave the traditional New Year’s resolutions a literary spin by resolving to become a better reader in 2011. Now it’s time to take stock. Did I keep my promises? And what should I resolve to do this year? 1. Lose weight. I pledged to make 2011 the year of my big switch to e-galleys, freeing myself of the mountains of paper weighing down my shelves and cluttering my apartment. Alas, this didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I signed up for both Netgalley and Edelweiss, but my electronic requests for review copies were often unanswered or (bizarrely) denied.

TNR Editors' Picks: Best Books of 2011
December 23, 2011

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed This book was published the day before New Year’s Eve, 2010, and I had not yet read it when I chose my best books of that year. With empathy but no defensiveness, Szwed shows Lomax to be something more than a musical imperialist and less than the benevolent patron of American folk culture.  - David Hajdu, Music Critic Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson I was hoping to be the lone end-of-year champion for this well-received but somewhat overshadowed debut novel, but the pesky New York Times beat me to it in their ten best list. S

Realism's Return
December 22, 2011

With the publication of China in Ten Words, the puzzle over Yu Hua’s surrealism comes largely undone. Here, in ten very realist chapters, which he cal

Blessings
December 21, 2011

The Rosenwald School takes center stage in Stephanie Deutsch’s book, which charts the steadily expanding alliance between Booker T. Washington and Jul

Outward, and Inward, Bound
December 20, 2011

The shadow of Henry David Thoreau casts itself over many Americans who write about the natural world, and although John Casey works here on a vastly d

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