Book Review

Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided

By Daniel P. Bolger

The story of the only siblings to serve side-by-side in the controversial conflict.

Book Review

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

By Kapka Kassabova

This trip through Balkan culture — past and present — leaves readers with a sense of wonder.

Book Review

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

By Tina Brown

The famed editor throws major shade at those who've crossed her.

Poetry Review

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

Author Q&A

The journalist/author talks professional influences, unconventional characters, and the trickiness of managing multiple plot lines.

Book Review

Read this one as children do: with eyes and heart open, giving in, ready to be swept away.

Book Review

The Civil War roots of modern photography and the mass appeal of images.

Book Review

A 16th-century Christian concubine captures the heart of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

Book Review

An accessible account of the legendary general determined to topple a republic.


We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. But all kidding aside, here are October’s winners.

Book Review

While readying to testify against her murderer mother, a teen worries that evil may run in the family.