Heller McAlpin

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'Bright Precious Thing' Encompasses Memories Unleashed By #MeToo Movement

Monday, July 06, 2020

Like most good memoirs, Gail Caldwell's latest is a reassessment of life choices, roads taken and others foregone. "At some point you shuffle the cards and call the deck a life," she writes.


'Miss Iceland' Is A Subdued, Powerful Portrait Of A Suppressed Society

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir's atmospheric novel, about a young writer and her outcast friends in 1963 Iceland, will transport you to another time and place, though not necessarily a rosier time and place.


'The Vanishing Half' Counts The Terrible Costs Of Bigotry And Secrecy

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Brit Bennett's triumphant new novel follows two light-skinned black sisters whose lives take very different paths; you'll keep turning pages not to find out what happens, but who these women are.


Get Everything 'Under Control' With These 3 Quarantine Comfort Reads

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Now's the time for cheerful reads, so we've picked three — including Emma Straub's latest and two lively culinary memoirs — that'll help transport you to a happier place for a few hours.


You'll Want To Stop The Car For This 'Redhead By The Side Of The Road'

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Anne Tyler's latest novel — about a man who discovers that his calm, routine life may not be the one he really wants — is a balm for jangled nerves.


'My Dark Vanessa' Looks Back At The Devastation Of A Predatory Affair

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Kate Elizabeth Russell's new novel centers on a woman coming to terms with a relationship she had with a predatory teacher when she was 15. It's overworked and overlong, but still packs a punch.


Droll Wit And Delightful Details Make 'Writers & Lovers' A Winning Read

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Lily King's latest novel — about a young woman choosing between two loves while trying to live a creative life — proves literature doesn't have to be groundbreaking to be absolutely compelling.


'The Power Notebooks' Daringly Explores Contradictions In Lives Of Women

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Katie Roiphe's journal-like entries are a series of brief-but-potent meditations on women, autonomy, independence, and power — on "women strong in public, weak in private" — including herself.


'Apartment' Will Stay With You, Long After You Shut The Door

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Teddy Wayne's new novel is a portrait of loneliness and male insecurity set against the backdrop of academia in the mid-1990s — and a precious, rent-stabilized apartment in Manhattan.


'The Man In The Red Coat' Makes For A Fascinating Companion

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In his latest book, Julian Barnes dives into the glittering life of Samuel Jean Pozzi, a celebrated French gynecologist who palled around with some of the brightest stars of the Belle Epoque.


Stormy 'Weather' Captures Our Anxious Age With Bracing Wit

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Jenny Offill's darkly funny, urgent new novel follows a librarian who gets involved in doomsday prepping. It's a perfect portrait of our age of rising anxiety over climate change and


'Kingdomtide' And 'Dear Edward': 2 New Novels Take On A Singular Situation

Thursday, January 16, 2020

If the chances of dying in a plane crash are slim, being the sole survivor is even less likely — but that's the premise for two new novels, Ann Napolitano's Dear Edward and Rye Curtis's Kingdomtide.


There's Plenty To Talk About In 'Topics Of Conversation'

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Miranda Popkey's novel tackles the complicated issues of female desire, sex and failed relationships through a troubled, unnamed narrator who reports on her conversations with a series of other women.


Kevin Wilson Is On Fire In 'Nothing To See Here'

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Wilson's new novel centers on a young woman taking care of two kids with a disturbing ability: When upset, they burst into flames. But in Wilson's hands, what could be scary is funny, even beautiful.


In 'All This Could Be Yours,' A Day In The Death Of A Toxic Narcissist

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In her new novel, Jami Attenberg dives deep into the dark heart of one family over the course of one long day, as their abusive, angry patriarch lies dying in the hospital after a heart attack.


'Past Their Prime' At 20? Book Chronicles Attitudes Toward Female Aging In America

Friday, October 18, 2019

Known for the punch of her columns, The New York Times' Gail Collins sprinkles conversational, sardonic asides throughout No Stopping Us Now in an effort to keep the decades-long hike spry.


In 'Olive, Again,' Elizabeth Strout Revisits An Old Friend

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ten years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout returns to the town of Crosby, Maine, where ornery Olive is learning about compassion, connection, and her own self.


'The Man Who Saw Everything' Is An Eye-Opening Read

Monday, October 14, 2019

Deborah Levy's new book considers themes of objectification, betrayal and focus, centered on a historian who goes to East Berlin and finds himself both the observer and the observed.


Zadie Smith Has Something For Everyone In 'Grand Union'

Monday, October 07, 2019

Smith's first short story collection is wide-ranging, covering everything from politics to murder to drag queens. Some of the slighter stories feel like footnotes, but many show off Smith at her best.


In 'Make It Scream, Make It Burn,' Leslie Jamison Turns The Pen On Herself

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

With her new essay collection, Jamison reverses the arc of The Empathy Exams by moving from the external to the internal, from others' longings and hauntings to her own.