What if Lee Harvey Oswald had lost his nerve? A historical novelist—who is also a student of the Kennedy assassination—imagines what might have happened next.
Postcard from an awakened city
Intelligent life surely exists on some of the planets beyond our solar system. But we’ve scarcely begun to look for it. With NASA dithering and corporate titans more interested in space tourism, a serious exploration of the stars is limited more by a lack of vision than of technology. But a few scientists think they can use the sun’s light to cheaply propel an unmanned craft deep into the interstellar ether. Their vision may be quixotic, and their first attempt failed. But what will it mean for our solipsistic species if they succeed next time?
The letters between Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop are one of the great poetic correspondences of all time—and became the real essence of their relationship
Through sheer force of will, Hollywood’s most infamous single mother constructed a persona seductive, repellent, and almost impossible not to watch.
Noël Coward’s dizzying life
The most exhaustive book yet written about the Kennedy assassination should lay the conspiracy theories to rest once and for all—but it won’t.
Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin's much anticipated book about Abraham Lincoln, marks her return to the arena after a devastating scandal. Throughout her personal trials, Goodwin says, Lincoln himself proved to be a major source of consolation. "His whole philosophy was not to waste precious energies on recriminations about the past"
Christopher Isherwood followed Oscar Wilde's prescription for lifelong romance by falling in love with himself—over and over again
The lost world of Booth Tarkington
Shirley Hazzard's masterly descriptions and expertly drawn characters are in full evidence in this new novel—her first in more than twenty years
Maile Meloy's first novel uses gaudy old-time religion to string together a sweeping family narrative
Michael Byers' first novel, though ambitious and often engaging, suggests that he hasn't yet made the leap from short stories
Richard Powers is getting bigger and more ponderous. Nicholson Baker is getting smaller and more evanescent. Decision: Baker
An appreciation of Mary McCarthy, whose literary and political writing is well represented in a new anthology
Zadie Smith's new novel is "less felt on every level" than its predecessor; White Teeth
A new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. is less a book than a TV-movie script
Roscoe has a lyricism and a gusto rarely achieved in serious American novels about politics