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- In Laurie Frankel’s ‘One Two Three,’ three sisters are on a mission to save their townby By Bethanne Patrick on June 22, 2021 at 4:31 pm
Frankel’s funny, poignant story involves a small town beset by toxic runoff caused by a nefarious corporation.
- Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Some awful things have happened in the last year . . . but these are not uninteresting times’by By Mary Laura Philpott on June 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm
The Nobel Prize winner talks about the pandemic, his novel “Klara and the Sun,” fatherhood and more.
- In Joshua Henkin’s ‘Morningside Heights,’ a married couple copes with an unexpected illnessby By Joan Frank on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm
As with his previous novels, Henkin pays compassionate attention to modern human predicaments.
- James Ellroy’s new novel is an unabashedly retro tale of Hollywood’s sordid sideby By Louis Bayard on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm
“Widespread Panic,” a pulpy noir, features a cameo of ’50s stars, including Liz Taylor, James Dean and Liberace.
- Akwaeke Emezi’s memoir is a healing ritual for the displacedby By Keishel Williams on June 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm
“Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir” finds the Nigerian-Tamil author considering their identity.
- ‘Le Divorce’ was a ’90s sensation. Diane Johnson is back again with another hit.by By Susan Keselenko Coll on June 21, 2021 at 6:00 am
‘Lorna Mott Comes Home’ is signature Johnson: a delightful, jet-setting comedy of manners.
- ‘The Burning Blue’ is a compact, suspenseful chronicle of the Challenger disasterby By Allison Stewart on June 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Author Kevin Cook focuses on teacher Christa McAuliffe and her grueling months of flight training.
- Father’s Day can be lonely for some, so author Kristen Arnett is filling the voidby By Annabel Aguiar on June 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Arnett, whose novel “With Teeth” published this month, tries to embody what a dad can be.
- Vance Trimble, who won Pulitzer Prize by exposing congressional corruption, dies at 107by By Matt Schudel on June 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm
He unearthed nepotism and self-serving financial dealings in 1959 and later published best-selling biographies.
- Why bother organizing your books? A messy personal library is proof of life.by By Mark Athitakis on June 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm
As the French writer Georges Perec wisely put it, book arrangements are “hardly any more effective than the original anarchy.”
- Nghi Vo’s demonic adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ might be — gasp — jazzier than the originalby By Ron Charles on June 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm
“The Chosen and the Beautiful” doesn’t wholly reimagine the Roaring Twenties; it simply adds black arts to the illicit inebriation.
- The greatest prison escape ever? ‘The Confidence Men’ tells a sensational true story.by By Michael Dirda on June 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Margalit Fox’s new book is an enthralling tale about two British officers who broke out of a World War I POW camp with the help of a Ouija board.
- Oprah’s latest Book Club pick, ‘The Sweetness of Water,’ is a miraculous debutby By Ron Charles on June 15, 2021 at 7:08 am
Nathan Harris sets his novel in Georgia during the murky twilight of the Civil War.
- Kristen Arnett’s ‘With Teeth’ gives voice to a parent’s darkest thoughtsby By Ron Charles on June 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm
“With Teeth” is captivating and scathingly frank — a story of motherhood stripped of every ribbon of sentimentality.
- Robert E. Howard became famous for creating Conan. But that warrior was only the beginning.by By Michael Dirda on June 9, 2021 at 5:37 am
In his short life, Howard, the master of the sword-and-sorcery novel, produced hard-boiled mysteries, an occult thriller, a science fiction novel and more.
- Bill Clinton and James Patterson are back in action — and still ridiculousby By Ron Charles on June 7, 2021 at 11:00 am
“The President’s Daughter” is the follow-up to the duo’s 2018 bestseller “The President Is Missing.”
- Why America failed to control the pandemicby By Carlos Lozada on June 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm
- Is Poe the most influential American writer? A new book offers evidence.by By Michael Dirda on June 2, 2021 at 4:21 pm
John Tresch’s “The Reason for the Darkness of the Night” presents the multitalented author’s fascination with science.
- The story of Europe’s infamous witch trials gets the Monty Python treatmentby By Ron Charles on June 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The comedy that runs through Rivka Galchen’s “Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch” is a magical brew of absurdity and brutality.
- The 1923 novel ‘Nordenholt’s Million’ explores issues unnervingly familiar in the Trump-covid eraby By Michael Dirda on May 26, 2021 at 4:14 pm
The book, written by a British chemist, imagines a wealthy tycoon’s disturbing plan to save (some) humans from a biological disaster.
- In grieving for her father, a novelist discovers the failure of wordsby By Carlos Lozada on May 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Review of “Notes on Grief” a reflection by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the death of her father
- How Americans re-learned to think after World War IIby By Carlos Lozada on April 16, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Review of ‘The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War’ by Louis Menand
- Joe Biden won the presidency by making the most of his lucky breaksby By Carlos Lozada on February 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm
‘Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency’ by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is an inside account of the 2020 campaign.