- October 11, 1999 | The Book Review
- Bad Aptitude
Is the S.A.T., instituted to create a fairer society, having the opposite effect? That's Nicholas Lemann's conclusion in his excellent new book.
- October 4, 1999 | The Book Review
In her new book, Susan Faludi takes her reporter's microscope in search of American men. Predictably, she misses the forest for the trees.
- September 27, 1999 | The Book Review
Frank McCourt's latest is another virtuoso display of charm and sheer likeability. But the suspicion arises: Is he really a misanthrope?
- September 6, 1999 | The Book Review
- Hitler in Bed
Ron Hansen is a very good writer, but did we really need someone to imagine the (predictably nauseating) sex life of the personification of evil?
- August 30, 1999 | The Book Review
Disney's controlled experiment in small-town life is both a little Utopia and a breed of fascism. But mostly, there's not enough there there.
- August 23, 1999 | The Book Review
- Speed Read
We can't escape the accelerating pace of modern life, argues James Gleick, so we might as well enjoy it. But that doesn't leave time for much else -- say, reading.
- August 9, 1999 | The Book Review
- Lost Generation X
Geoff Dyer's "Paris Trance" follows Fitzgerald back to France -- with ecstasy in place of vin rouge. But here, the City of Light is dimmer.
- July 12, 1999 | The Book Review
- The Unredeemed
In a world obsessed with self-help, personal growth, and happy endings, David Gates's stories are realistically, refreshingly bleak.
- June 28, 1999 | The Book Review
- Leap of Faith
The cobbled-together "Juneteenth" makes one wonder -- did Ralph Ellison ever intend to let the evangelical Reverend Hickman loose?
- June 7, 1999 | The Book Review
- The Sweetest Science
In his new book, Francis Fukuyama offers evidence that things are bound to improve. It's a beautiful theory -- but has he read the papers lately?