- February 2, 2004 | The Book Review
- Bet Noir
In new memoirs, David Denby and Pete Rose explore the dark side of the American Dream. They didn’t plan to be quite so funny.
- January 19, 2004 | The Book Review
- Kings of America
In his new book, ex-Republican Kevin Phillips writes less a work of history than a screed and a lament. He hasn’t changed; the GOP has.
- December 15, 2003 | The Book Review
- Blue's Clues
A blue notebook holds the key to the overintricate plot of Paul Auster’s new novel about a blocked writer from—how did you guess?—Brooklyn.
- November 24, 2003 | The Book Review
- Daddy Warhol
Steven Watson’s excellent new history of Warhol in the sixties shows him as a highly permissive father in a Manhattan avant-garde sitcom.
- November 3, 2003 | The Book Review
In his hilarious (often repulsive) Still Holding, Bruce Wagner devises a world of torment (and ironic Buddhist salvation) for Beverly Hills.
- October 20, 2003 | The Book Review
- Better Off Ted
A new biography argues that far from drowning them in domesticity, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath’s marriage enabled them to write.
- October 6, 2003 | The Book Review
- California Screamin'
Joan Didion has checked out of California—but as her new memoir, Where I Was From, shows, she can never leave.
- September 22, 2003 | The Book Review
- Fear of Flying
Jonathan Lethem’s new novel is located somewhere on a grid defined by race relations, a comic book, and spaldeens. But where, exactly?
- August 18, 2003 | The Book Review
- To Tie-Die For
From the colorful literature-devouring vortex that was the Grateful Dead tour emerges Max Ludington’s lucid, powerful new novel.
- August 4, 2003 | The Book Review
- Cassus Bellow
Why does Adam Bellow praise nepotism? He says it has nothing to do with his famous father. Really.