Summer Reading 2017 – Political Fictions

Summer Reading 2017 – Political Fictions

The summer months might be lazy and carefree in theory, but in 2017 certain specters loom over even the laziest warm day – in our annual feature, OLM editors and regulars write about political literature.

Visitations in the Night

Visitations in the Night

A stylish new neo-Victorian novel uncovers the mystery of a mythical serpent returned from the deeps.

Matching Pink Turtleneck

Matching Pink Turtleneck

Katherine Heiny’s debut novel neatly balances cynicism and warmth in order to portray an unconventional family.

The Parties Were Hell

The Parties Were Hell

Diana Trilling worked in her eminent husband’s shadow; a new biography hints at the toll that took and brings her accomplishments into the light.

Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

A horrific murder in upstate New York creates the choking atmosphere for J. Robert Lennon’s new novel.

Moonlight in Vermont

Moonlight in Vermont

Her remarkable bittersweet memoir reveals Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer as a shrewd anthropologist of wartime America.

Hunger Pangs

Hunger Pangs

Roxane Gay’s new memoir about food, trauma, and her “unruly body” is often as difficult to read as it must have been to write.

The Sooner Disquieted

The Sooner Disquieted

What compromises did women in Tudor England face? What joys? What prospects, if any, for fulfillment? A sweeping new history cross-sections the issue.

Dangerous Crossings

Dangerous Crossings

A gripping new history tells the story of the seized and renamed German luxury liner that became a US troop transport during the First World War.

Manhattan Picaresque

Manhattan Picaresque

A mysterious, youthful Englishman arrives in the New World and exposes an underbelly of economic uncertainty, political tension, and the impossible romantic yearnings of its diverse and complex inhabitants.

It’s a Mystery: “Everything is hard before it’s easy”

It’s a Mystery: “Everything is hard before it’s easy”

Two new novels – one featuring a veteran chief of police and the other featuring Agatha Christie herself – combine thrills, intrigue, and a basset hound named Balzac.

From the Archives: Broken

From the Archives: Broken

The wide-ranging themes of this wrenching novel are unified by imagery that links its heroine to an unexpected community of the traumatized living dead.