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Poems of Faith and Doubt

Bill Henderson’s “The Family Bible” is a collection of plainspoken, candid poems centering on his struggle with the fundamentalist, literalist religion of his childhood and youth, with its contradictions of a loving and angry God and stories of kindness and violence.

Oct 15, 2020
Truth and Dare Atop the C.I.A.

Chris Whipple’s “The Spymasters” fleshes out the triumphs, tragedies, and turf wars of national intelligence with a trove of new details and insights from an astounding cast of characters.

Oct 8, 2020
The Interior Project

In “For Now,” a book-length essay in Yale’s “Why I Write” series, Eileen Myles enacts the very strategies identified as essential to the author’s poetics. The essay chronicles its own construction, so that we learn not only why Myles writes, but also how this particular piece of writing came to be. 

Oct 1, 2020
Off the Straight and Narrow

Betsy Carter’s new novel is an intergenerational tale of family pleasures and tensions in a small town. Sweet and warm, it’s nice to be in her world the way it’s nice to look through a bakery’s glass case.

Sep 24, 2020
Love and Identity in Wartime

“Paris Never Leaves You,” an extraordinary new novel by Ellen Feldman of East Hampton, cuts between Paris in 1944 during the late stages of the Nazi occupation and the New York City publishing world of 1954. 

Sep 17, 2020
The Ways of the Wild

In Dirk Wittenborn’s new thriller, “The Stone Girl,” the females are strong and resourceful. The males, well, they’re strong and resourceful, too, it’s just that a large proportion of them are forces for evil.

Sep 10, 2020
South Fork Book Clubs Enter Brave New World

The course of true love never did run smooth: Book lovers with devoted book clubs are doing everything in their power, even mastering new technology, to keep up with meetings in the age of coronavirus. What Zoom lacks in dimension, dimensional conversation makes up for.

Sep 10, 2020
Andy Warhol’s Life in Full

Blake Gopnik's 900-plus-page doorstop of a biography of Andy Warhol is both a daunting undertaking and a hard-to-put-down page-turner, fully capturing its subject in almost microscopic detail.

Sep 3, 2020
Setting the Table for Trump’s Takeover

In “Burning Down the House,” Julian Zelizer, a Princeton professor, makes a detailed and compelling case that it was the G.O.P. firebrand Newt Gingrich whose approach to politics on the congressional level most prefigured and paved the way for Donald Trump’s.

Aug 27, 2020
A Love Letter to Horses

Sarah Maslin Nir's "Horse Crazy" is not exclusively about horses at all, but a thoughtful memoir that blends rich reportage with intimate stories of combating loneliness and navigating grief. 

Aug 20, 2020
Funny Animals

A pup who won’t listen, a shark who wants a friend, and a wolf who just needs to chill. It’s your friendly neighborhood picture book roundup.

Aug 13, 2020
South Fork Poetry: Friends Who Spell Me, but I Cannot Spell 

One man’s tip of the cap to some comforting voices in the time of Covid.

Aug 13, 2020