Book Review

Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

By Rosemary Sullivan

Imprecise language and a lack of Russian expertise mar this biography of the dictator's only girl.

Book Review

Baby’s on Fire: Stories

By Liz Prato

Raw, relatable characters make this collection of tales a winner.

Book Review

The Meursault Investigation

By Kamel Daoud; translated by John Cullen

This provocative re-imagining of Camus' The Stranger gives the murdered Arab a voice — and a name.

Author Q&A

An Interview with Michelle Brafman

By Melissa Scholes Young

The author's debut novel examines the intersection of religion and three generations of mother-daughter relationships.


The Watchman story the world is missing

Book Review

The Sunken Cathedral

By Kate Walbert

Characters, not plot, drive this beautiful novel of life in New York amid a relentlessly rising tide.


Recalling the humble, approachable literary genius

Book Review

Slow Bullets

By Alastair Reynolds

Strong action and images can’t overcome the weaknesses in this ambitious novel.


A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

Book Review

Modern Romance

By Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

A surprisingly well-researched "comic-ademic" guide to dating in the Internet age.

Book Review


By Nell Zink

With acerbic wit and keen observations, a visionary author tackles the fraught world of "passing."