Feb. 1, 2019

Generations Issue

Generations Issue

Featuring 419 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children's and YA books; also in this issue: The Generations Issue: special coverage of writers who are the voices of their times; and more

Marlon James

Marlon James

By Richard Z. Santos on February 5, 2019


Marlon James’ influences are pretty standard for a Booker Prize–winning author and one of the most lauded writers of his generation: George R.R. Martin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Or at least those are the texts that keep coming up while discussing Black Leopard, Red Wolf,his new fantasy epic and the first volume in his Dark Star Trilogy.

James has been talking about writing “an African Game of Thrones” since shortly after winning ...

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Elizabeth McCracken

In Elizabeth McCracken's latest novel, a woman seemingly drops from the sky (she's discovered in a cemetery, with a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold nearby). On this week's episode, McCracken drops by the recording studio to discuss Bowlaway, the story of three generations of alley owners in a small Massachusetts town, and touches on genealogy, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, and nearly life-sized, fully articulated wooden women, in fiction and the home. And our editors join with their top picks in books this week.


Elizabeth McCracken

Editors' columns

Children's

As a person whose professional life, first as children’s librarian and now as reviewer of children’s books, is dedicated to raising new genera...

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Indie

Readers of all generations relish ghost stories. Whether it’s Henry James’ deeply disturbing The Turn of the Screw or Stephen King...

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Teen

We were living in Australia—first Sydney, then Thursday Island in the Torres Strait—when I learned to read, and my earliest memories are of A....

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Fiction

My son, Owen, is 15, and it’s been a long time since he’s let me read to him. We still talk about books, but I miss the days of finding oursel...

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Fiction

A universe where battles rage 24/7 might not be a place you’d expect children to thrive—or survive. But that’s exactly what attracted be...

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Author interviews

Donald & Nina Crews

For three months every summer when Donald Crews was a boy, he and his siblings perched themselves 150 yards from the rail line ...

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Edith Hall

We think of the ancient Greek philosophers, if we think of them at all, as men who were born old, bald, bearded, and bodiless, ...

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Dessa

What Hippocrates wrote, “Life is short, and art long,” is true enough. Revised for a rap career, the rap life may b...

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Laurence Yep

Readers of Laurence Yep’s Golden Mountain Chronicles, which relate the stories of some nine generations of one Chinese-Am...

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Herman Hesse

When I was a teenager, way back in the days of Watergate, I fell under the spell of the German writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)...

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Carlos Hernandez

In the past few years, the genres of fantasy and science fiction have undergone something of a renaissance, with an explosion o...

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