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A Life Saved by Art

In “Light on Fire,” Gabrielle Selz traces the triumphs and tragedies of the California-born Sam Francis, whose luminous paintings and prints placed him firmly in the pantheon of 20th-century icons of modern art. 

Oct 14, 2021
Not Your Father’s Noir

Colson Whitehead’s penchant for exploring genres takes him to uptown Manhattan in the early 1960s and . . . a furniture salesman?

Oct 7, 2021
On Pathos

Julian Zelizer’s latest tells the story of a religious scholar who fought for human justice, befriending Martin Luther King Jr. along the way.

Sep 30, 2021
A Champion in Both Senses

“All In” provides the most current, candid, and personal perspective of a figure of huge significance to women’s tennis and the women’s movement.

Sep 23, 2021
POTUS Agonistes

“The President’s Daughter” weaves a narrative of a terrorist’s kidnapping of a former president’s teenage daughter with several important themes: loyalty, family, kindness, duty, and faith.

Sep 16, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Our Weeping Willow’

Snapshot of an Iowa childhood.

Sep 16, 2021
Not Quite ‘Jaws’

Check out the Heyers’ new History Press volume for its illustrations and pithy folklore, just don’t expect much gore.

Sep 9, 2021
In the Name of Revenge

Millie Mosbach got out in time, in Ellen Feldman’s new World War II-era novel, so why would she return to the crime-ridden nightmare that was postwar Berlin?

Sep 2, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Blue Bath Towel’

A man and his dog . . .

Sep 2, 2021
Resurgent Desire

The highly regarded novelist Hilma Wolitzer is out with a short-story collection that frankly and winningly addresses themes of sexuality and domesticity.

Aug 26, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Muted Brass’

A new poem by a Springs man of letters addresses recent politics.

Aug 26, 2021
What White House Friends Are For

Surprisingly little ink has been spent on the personal friends presidents may rely on for savvy, unselfish counsel that can impact policy, the nation, and the world. Gary Ginsberg rectifies that with “First Friends.”

Aug 19, 2021