Joan Mitchell Edited by Sarah Roberts and Katy Siegel

Review by David Starkey I’m not sure when I realized that Joan Mitchell was my favorite abstract painter, but I do know it was a gradual process. Partly that time-lag…

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

Review by David Starkey While Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth is, in part, about the new national holiday inspired by the events of June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Major…

Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas

Review by Brian Tanguay At one time or another most of us have suffered at the hands of a petty tyrant, perhaps an overbearing supervisor at work, a rude clerk…

A Little Hope by Ethan Joella

Review by Walter Cummins The pages of Ethan Joella’s A Little Hope abound in death and loss. The novel, which opens with the question of whether a central character will…

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Review by David Starkey Richard Powers’ new novel, Bewilderment, is—despite its portrayal of a mother and son who are capable of ecstatic connection with the natural world—one of the most…

Moments of Happiness by Niels Hav

Translated from the Danish by Per Brask & Patrick Friesen Review by Walter Cummins In his Afterword, Niels Hav writes, “Poetry’s first duty is to be an intimate talk with…

Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter

Review by Brian Tanguay In the Human Stain, the late Philip Roth’s award-winning novel published in 2000, an academic named Coleman Silk has his life, career and reputation derailed for…

The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Review by Walter Cummins Although The Last Gift (2011) is not 2021 Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s most acclaimed novel—the Booker Prize short-listed Paradise is—it illustrates his many strengths as…

Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War by Samuel Moyn

Review by Brian Tanguay Warfare is one of the oldest practices in human history, one that creates and destroys empires, topples or installs kings and dictators, and inflicts suffering on…

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder; Illustrated by Nora Krug

Review by David Starkey Crown published Timothy Snyder’s original, text-only version of On Tyranny in February of 2017, a little more than a month after Donald Trump took office. The…