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Anxious Influence

“Lilyville,” Tovah Feldshuh’s memoir, is like a theater piece, full of shtick, one-liners, speeches, Yiddishisms, and the joys and sorrows of family life. The author knows a dramatic arc.

Jun 17, 2021
The Rise of the Online Grift

Gabrielle Bluestone’s “Hype” is about would-be internet entrepreneurs who set out to defraud as many people as they can with the promise of “the next big thing,” which of course turns out not to exist. It’s awfully timely.

Jun 10, 2021
The Embattled

What makes Erika Hecht’s “Don't Ask My Name” different from its many companions among Holocaust survival memoirs is the dynamic between the author and her mother, and the account of the mother’s ruthless determination to save her family.

Jun 3, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Voice Mail’

A new poem from Fran Castan, the author of “The Widow’s Quilt” and “Venice: City That Paints Itself,” has just won the United Kingdom’s 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

May 27, 2021
The Startle Reflex

Flynn Berry’s “Northern Spy” is a contemporary thriller about a single mother, her infant son, and her sister, and yet it illuminates much about the inner workings of the Irish Republican Army and British MI5.

May 27, 2021
Napoleon as Looter

In her new book, “Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast,” Cynthia Saltzman traces a High Renaissance work — Paolo Veronese’s “The Wedding Feast at Cana” — from its inception to its role in the rise of the French Republic, uncovering it as a symbol of victory and cultural entitlement.

May 20, 2021
A Tragic Montauk Tale Retold

The first thing to know about Amanda M. Fairbanks and her new book, "The Lost Boys of Montauk," a true tale of a 1984 commercial fishing disaster, is that it comes out on Tuesday from Gallery Books.

May 20, 2021
The More Things Change . . .

David S. Reynolds’s massive new biography argues that the traditional view of Abraham Lincoln’s relationship to the economy and society of his times is wrong — he was very much connected to both, and in ways relevant to today.

May 13, 2021
Bill Henderson Takes a Bow

Bill Henderson, the publisher of the Pushcart anthology of the best of the small presses, will be honored with an Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in an online ceremony on Wednesday, May 19.

May 13, 2021
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