Tell Them They’re Not Trees

Tell Them They’re Not Trees

How can one be both a Jew and a Romanian? This quandary is at the heart of Mihail Sebastian’s brilliant novel For Two Thousand Years, now in a sparkling new translation.

Memory Sickness

Memory Sickness

Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter – getting its first US publication – uses the Khmer Rouge atrocities as a backdrop against which to explore its characters’ various losses.

A Precedent Whilst the World Stands

A Precedent Whilst the World Stands

In addition to the pageantry, marital eccentricities, and political fireworks, the Tudors were also industrious religious persecutors. As “A Year with the Tudors” continues, a vivid new book tells the stories of the martyrs burned by Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I.

We Are Not Heroes

We Are Not Heroes

In his boisterous new book, veteran video game writer and industry leader Walt Williams tells the story of his past and shares his thoughts on the industry’s future.

Tough Room

Tough Room

What does a movie-maker do? Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola’s new book, Live Cinema and Its Techniques, offers a strange blend of answer and feint by way of responding.

It’s a Mystery: “Family deaths cut off the highway to treasured memories”

It’s a Mystery: “Family deaths cut off the highway to treasured memories”

Lisbeth Salander, the charismatic bad girl with the dragon tattoo is back in The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye; plus a debut thriller, Good Me Bad Me, that is creepy, unsettling and impossible to put down.

From the Archives: No Trace of Lipstick

From the Archives: No Trace of Lipstick

An outstanding new biography argues convincingly that Olivia Manning is one of the most undervalued woman novelists of the 20th century. But was Manning a “woman novelist”? She thought not.

From the Archives: On the Fifth of November

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“Whoever devotes himself to decency and to virtue /
he beguiles with deceptions, corrupting their temptingly innocent hearts….”

From the Archives: Waiting for the Dough

From the Archives: Waiting for the Dough

Near the end of his life, Orson Welles tape-recorded his lunches with a faithful industry friend. By turns hilarious and self-pitying, they give a brilliant glimpse of the aging titan.

From the Archives: The Heavy Blanks

From the Archives: The Heavy Blanks

An aspiring young writer encounters the journals of legendary Canadian novelist Elizabeth Smart, whose virtuoso novella By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept gives no hint of her struggles with her own writing