One of the great joys of this season are the fall colors, and November is packed with books that feature much more than just interesting narratives. Here are three of my favorite beautifully designed, graphics-heavy books publishing this month, all of which received a starred review.
Cartoon County, by Cullen Murphy: In his memoir, Vanity Fair editor at large Murphy, who also served as the managing editor of Atlantic Monthly, chronicles his life among the many cartoonists and newspaper artists ...
This October brings an embarrassment of riches, so let’s get to it. You can’t go wrong with any of these starred titles, an admittedly incomplete list given all the excellent books publishing this month. Check our website for more.
Blitt by Barry Blitt (Oct. 24): “A treasure trove for fans of the New Yorker, political satire, and graphic design.”
Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast (Oct. 3): “Chast’s voice and vision make ...
The timely, memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s <i>Night</i>
Photo courtesy of Sergey Bermeniev
“Jews will not replace us!”
That was just one of the many vile chants emanating from the neo-Nazis/white supremacists (“alt-right” is a woefully inadequate moniker) in Charlottesville over the weekend of Aug. 12. The rally culminated with the tragic death of a young woman protesting the supremacists’ messages of hate, followed by a tepid, hedged—and, ultimately, completely unacceptable—response from Donald Trump.
Given the persistence of such bigotry, there is no better time to revisit one of the foundational ...
Ellen Ullman photographed by Marion Etlinger
You don’t have to be a techie to appreciate computer programmer Ellen Ullman’s new book, Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, which our reviewer calls, in a starred review, “a sharply written, politically charged memoir of life in the data trenches.” Indeed, Ullman, author of the pioneering book Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents (1997), is equally adept probing philosophical and ethical (and even semispiritual) questions as she is the extremely complex data that ...
Some of this month’s excellent nonfiction
Heading into the heart of summer in Charleston, South Carolina, where I live, sometimes it’s too hot for anything except hunkering down in the air conditioning with a good book. Here are seven to check out this July, with quotes from our reviews.
The Unwomanly Face of War
by Svetlana Alexievich
“The Nobel laureate writes about ‘the wrong kind of war’: oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland….Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth ...
New globe-trotting nonfiction
Summer means travel, and travel means discovery. Here are 10 July books that offer stimulating (but not always pleasant) explorations of various locales around the globe.
To the New Owners, Madeleine Blais
An “unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on [Martha’s Vineyard].”
We Are Syrians, Adam Braver
“Three Syrians who have faced down their country’s police state tell their respective first-person stories.”
A Paris All Your Own, Eleanor Brown
“A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned ...
Language lessons from a master
Words matter. While most readers of this magazine would agree with that basic statement, our current president seems to be unfamiliar with that truth, and it seems he has plenty of fellow bunglers in his circle. In the face of the administration’s daily assault on intelligible English, and given that effective communication is a fundamental element of our humanity, the study of language is perhaps more important than ever.
For decades, British linguist and author David Crystal has investigated nearly ...
Rafe Bartholmew’s new memoir Two and Two
Rafe Bartholomew photographed by Leslie Gonzales.
Generally, I don’t miss living in New York City. Though I wouldn’t trade the experiences of my six years in NYC for anything—one positive, of course, was that I found a job at Kirkus—I grew weary of the pace and chaos and needed to make a change.
People frequently ask what I miss most about New York, and the answer is always the same: friends, food, and music. I have all of these necessities in abundance in Charleston, but the ...