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Inventing a Neighborhood

The architecture critic Paul Goldberger lays out how one man, David Walentas, saw the potential in a derelict warehouse district on the Brooklyn waterfront. And the desirable enclave Dumbo was born.

May 6, 2021
Darkness and Light

Tomi Ungerer’s final children’s book follows a flight through a harrowing dystopia, while Kate McMullan celebrates spring and Katharine Holabird just celebrates.

Apr 29, 2021
Splenetically Yours

It would be hard to imagine a more pugnacious epistolary sampling than “Speaking in an Empty Room: The Collected Letters of John Sanford,” who was an exacting writer’s writer and a veteran of Hollywood blacklisting.

Apr 22, 2021
Discovered by Chance

Jennet Conant’s “The Great Secret” is about many things: the chaotic nature of war, the subterfuge of governments, the randomness of scientific discovery, the story of one unassuming young American doctor.

Apr 15, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Hemingway Souvenir’

An East Hamptoner looks back on an encounter with the writer, recently given new life in a PBS documentary.

Apr 15, 2021
A Most Dangerous Drama

Expressions of guilt pervade Bina Bernard’s wrenching debut novel about a Polish Jewish couple’s desperate struggle to protect their children during the Holocaust.

Apr 8, 2021
From Suffering Into Art

Jill Bialosky’s latest poetry collection, “Asylum,” offers a pilgrimage of sorts in five sections through the shock, grief, guilt, and eventual acceptance occasioned by a sibling’s suicide.

Apr 1, 2021
Loving Helen

Alexander Nemerov’s “Fierce Poise” captures the first decade of Helen Frankenthaler’s career with both a fly-on-the-wall intimacy and a great understanding of her work and what made her tick.

Mar 25, 2021
The Greatest Discovery?

Walter Isaacson reveals in clear, simple, factual, and fascinating detail how Jennifer Doudna spearheaded the invention of the revolutionary gene-editing tool Crispr.

Mar 18, 2021
An Art History Murder Mystery

The real mixes with the imaginary, Thomas Hart Benton with the young sleuths hunting his murderer, in Helen Harrison’s latest, set in 1967 New York.

Mar 11, 2021
The Call of Submission

In Daphne Merkin's novel, Judith Stone is a book editor in 1990s Manhattan in a relationship of “erotic compliance” and “self-abandon” — not erotica, but literary erotic psychology.

Mar 4, 2021
Bad Boyfriend

Take an acupuncturist, her mysterious love interest, a corpse, Stony Brook detectives, a sadistic villain, and mix well for the second thriller from Greg Wands and Elizabeth Keenan.

Feb 25, 2021