Our Year in Reading 2016

Our Year in Reading 2016

In our regular year-end feature, Open Letters editors and special guests look back at some of the books that made memorable impressions in 2016

Our Year in Reading 2016 Continues

Our Year in Reading 2016 Continues

Our year in reading continues….

Keeping Up with the Windsors: Family Drama

Keeping Up with the Windsors: Family Drama

A lavish new production dramatizes the tensions between royalty and personhood in the House of Windsor. Steve Donoghue reviews The Crown.

A Slow, Inquiring Narration

A Slow, Inquiring Narration

A translation of Peter Handke’s latest novel shows the author exploring the essence and possibilites of narration.

The Man Moses

The Man Moses

He challenged tyrants, parted waters, and bickered with God Almighty. Zach Rabiroff reviews a new biography of the Biblical prophet Moses.

Seeing I

Seeing I

Why do we read personal essays? A new collection reminds us: to see not just the world but the writer looking at the world, and back at us.

Working, Working

Working, Working

The indefatigable Joyce Carol Oates offers a wide variety of thoughts on books and the literary world in her new collection Soul at the White Heat. Britta Böhler reviews.

It’s a Mystery: “Sometimes the word friend is drained of meaning, but enemy, never.”

It’s a Mystery:  “Sometimes the word friend is drained of meaning, but enemy, never.”

A splendid new Jack Reacher novel and a posthumous gem by P.D. James – what better way to usher in the New Year?

From the Archives: Chairman of the Board

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Lodestar or mirror? Passé or ne plus ultra? Elizabeth II has presided with consistency over an inconsistent age. And what have we learned of her?

From the Archives: Our Year in Reading 2013

From the Archives: Our Year in Reading 2013

In this annual retrospective, the Open Letters team looks back on the highlights of our 2013 reading.