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Now Timeless

Revisiting Arthur Miller's crucible, Irving Finkel's ark before Noah, Karl Ove Knausgaard's pre-Flood Norwegian forest, and meeting Lampedusa's siren.

The Certainty of Others

Compelling visions of what it means to live, eat, and pray now from Ben Lerner, Dan Barber, Louise Gluck, N.T. Wright, and Roy M. Anker.

Old Souls and Youthful Writers

Rereading your old favorite books can be revealing—and so can walking, drinking, God, and church history.

American Dreams of Escape

Dinaw Mengestu's novel considers what it is to walk around in an America that holds no promise for you, while Matt Fraction elevates the comic book to new heights.

Read With Care

A feisty novel, a formidable tome, and the latest from "a scholar of history who can really write"—there is a great deal to be learned.

Echoes of the Cold War

Readers interested in Russia and Ukraine, CIA analysts and Soviets, Doctor Zhivago censorship, and more will enjoy these fascinating histories of the Cold War.

Invisible Man

Politicians and pundits regularly misapply Smith’s most famous metaphor, turning the “invisible hand” into an embodiment of the virtues of an unfettered market.

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

The Liar's Wife

Mary Gordon's latest collection of short fiction succeeds in showing that certain lies, by a kind of alchemy, can teach us the truth.

My Struggle

No one predicted that the most striking literary phenomenon of the early twenty-first century would be this six-volume novel by a Norwegian writer, about himself.

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

Mad Jack

In her biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age.” In fact Sassoon’s life spanned several ages.
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