Dark Days Are Here Again

By Ezra Glinter

Far from the invincible heroes of Hollywood or the fixers of popular imagination, noir protagonists are usually pathetic, marginal figures.Read More

Michael Chabon's Life Is Reflected in ‘Telegraph Avenue’

By Kristin Kloberdanz

Michael Chabon’s home in Berkeley is an oasis amidst the university town clatter and clutter. It reminds the author of his idyllic melting pot hometown in suburban Maryland.Read More

Paul Goodman Speaks for Half a Generation

By Hilene Flanzbaum

Paul Goodman’s reissued 1960s classic ‘Growing Up Absurd’ may make you nostalgic for a past you never lived. The author’s uncomplicated idealism is complicated by his attitude to women.Read More

Mark Helprin's Politics Doesn't Get in Way of Prose

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

His strident politics notwithstanding, Mark Helprin’s magically descriptive powers have rendered up some of the most genuinely adventurous writing of our time.Read More

A.M. Homes' Novel Addresses '70s Childhood

By Jennifer Gilmore

A.M. Homes calls her new work a ‘midlife coming-of-age novel,’ which makes ‘May We Be Forgiven’ sound sweet or langorous. In truth, it’s neither.Read More

Hans Keilson’s First Novel Depicts Life Before Nazis

By Erika Dreifus

Unlike Hans Keilson’s bestsellers, ‘Life Goes On’ is not grounded in the crises and moral dilemmas posed by the Nazis’ reign. It takes on the period of economic decline that preceded it.Read More

Rachel Tzvia Back’s Verse Confronts Devastating Loss

By Sarah Wildman

Poet Rachel Tzvia Back palpates the edges and depths of grief and mourning. The text in her latest book of verse, ‘A Messenger Comes,’ is unflinching and raw.Read More

Michael Feinstein Strikes Up The Bland

By Erik Tarloff

Michael Feinstein’s ‘The Gershwins and Me,’ is a sustained act of homage to the legendary composers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it a great book.Read More

Jami Attenberg Phones Home

By Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg wanted to investigate why she’s so interested in food (which plays a big role in her novel, ‘The Middlesteins’). So she called her father to find out.Read More

Némirovsky’s ‘Wine of Solitude’ Confirms Her Place

By Andrea Palatnik

‘The Wine of Solitude’ is the most autobiographical novel from Irene Némirovsky, who died in Auschwitz in 1942. It confirms her place in the pantheon of Jewish writers.Read More

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