The Hypocrite: Strom Thurmond’s Lasting Legacy
September 18, 2012

As Joseph Crespino’s new biography makes clear, Thurmond lacked the integrity even of his own publicly proclaimed racism.

Sentimental Education: How Junot Díaz Learned to Love
September 17, 2012

This book most fully represents the collision of male and female that is central to Díaz’s particular voice.

The Identity Crisis of Zadie Smith
September 14, 2012

What's missing from Zadie Smith's new novel, "NW"? The recognition that fiction cannot be written according to a program.

Steve Stern: Memory Man of the American Jewish South
September 13, 2012

How is a Jewish novelist, raised in an assimilated household in the South, supposed to navigate this complicated terrain?

Confessions of a Professional College Cheater
September 12, 2012

The problem with Dave Tomar's book is that The Shadow Scholar never really moves beyond the author’s own miscellaneous grievances.

Popularity Contest
September 11, 2012

Merry sweeps aside his best ideas with a torrent of clipped anecdotes, capsule critiques, and synoptic renderings.

War Lies
September 10, 2012

The Yellow Birds's disordered, digressive narration places the novel squarely in an American tradition of war writing.

The New Haunted House
September 06, 2012

The new variety of haunted house is a variation on the classic: a place where dreams wither.

Astral Appetites
September 05, 2012

What is killing judicial restraint? In J. Harvie Wilkinson’s view, constitutional theory is doing the job.

The Good Reader
September 04, 2012

The literary community needs more smart criticism, not less positive criticism.