Sad New World
June 28, 2012

In her methodical march across the nation’s history, Susan J. Matt shows that we are reluctant immigrants, hesitant pioneers, unenthusiastic warriors,

Painting Ugly
June 27, 2012

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l

Only A Bit of Hell
June 26, 2012

Luke Harding’s new book is called Expelled: A Journalist’s Descent into the Russian Mafia State, but the title is not entirely accurate. In fact, many

The Other Horror
June 25, 2012

At the end of World War II, between twelve and fourteen million people, ethnic Germans, were forcibly expelled from Eastern Europe, or, if they had al

Wild Animal
June 21, 2012

Fat City never feels air-conditioned. It is a slim, tough novel, a story about boxers in Stockton, California, a sizeable town and an agricultural cen

Border Crossings
June 20, 2012

It is the tenebrous topography of memory that forms a basis for Geoffrey Hartman’s newest endeavor. In his preface to The Third Pillar, Hartman repeat

Biology for Liberals
June 19, 2012

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis's A Cooperative Species is an excellent primer on how biologists have sought to explain seemingly altruistic behavior

The Suffering of the Guilty
June 18, 2012

In 1946, the Swedish novelist Stig Dagerman travelled to Germany to write a series of articles about the civilian population in the aftermath of war.

The Politics of Crassness
June 14, 2012

Ed Rendell has some good points to make in Nation of Wusses. The best, I think, is his demand that politicians stop apologizing for governing. While h

In and Out of History
June 13, 2012

In every respect, The World Without You marks an advance on Joshua Henkin’s previous book, Matrimony, which came out in 2007. On the spectrum of Ameri