If you want to have a string of intensely enjoyable summer afternoons, I suggest you spend them in Bakerton, PA. A has-been coal town in western Pennsylvania, this place and its various residents is the subject of a series of novels by Jennifer Haigh. One of the most interesting things about Haigh’s writing is the way she shows how small twists and turns, minor mistakes, or missteps can make all the difference in what follows.
How much of Alexander Hamilton’s current star status is the result of the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical's book, music, and lyrics, and how much is owed to the genius of Hamilton himself?
To have a nationally syndicated columnist who is our age, articulate as hell, wildly successful, and a diehard feminist? That’s fabulous.
The average age of a Jane Austen heroine is 18.8. Enter Lady Susan, a widowed mother of 40 or so. She is refined, attractive, and boasts a far superior intellect than the friends and family she surrounds herself with.
Philip Roth has called this novel O’Brien’s “masterpiece.” I consider it a magisterial and gripping—though flawed—attempt to wrestle with profound moral issues, especially the twin horrors of religion and nationalism.
'Witness to the Revolution' is an important book that will be a reference point for years to come in the effort to understand one of the most complex periods in our nation’s history. Clara Bingham has captured it like a photograph of lightning just as it strikes.
This spring we have been blessed by the publication of two new novels about families. "The Nest," by Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeny, is a debut for this 55-year-old former copywriter. "Miller’s Valley," is the latest entry from veteran writer Anna Qunidlen, and it may be her best yet.
“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random," says the word-keeper. "It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”