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Vintage Contemporaries is a warm-hearted novel that walks in the footsteps of Laurie Colwin

Biden worries the Secret Service may be loyal to Trump, according to a new book

Prince Harry’s Spare is a sad and self-indicting portrait of royalty on the brink

Hulu’s Kindred solves the Handmaid’s Tale problem

Vox’s 16 best books of 2022

Why is Hulu’s Fleishman Is in Trouble so boring?

How a Holocaust memoir became a self-help Instagram hit

All of the 2022 National Book Award finalists, read and reviewed

The planned Penguin Random House-Simon & Schuster merger has been struck down in court

How tech is helping us talk to animals

Cormac McCarthy’s two new novels are deliberately frustrating

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The novelist Kim Stanley Robinson’s vision roves from the deep past to the distant future

Celeste Ng is back with a dark parable of America’s history of child removal

Who built Marilyn Monroe?

Pop culture loves gender war stories. They leave something out.

In Ducks, Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant goes bleak and desolate

How power companies have caused and worsened wildfires

Nona the Ninth features dogs, lesbians, necromantic battles, increasing levels of Catholicism

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The radical political power of friendship

It can help us push back against tyranny. Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s legendary cocktail parties were proof.

The ovarian “biological clock” and other reproductive health metaphors that have led science astray

With I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy lays bare the horrors of child acting

Salman Rushdie and the enduring risk of political art

One Good Thing: A food memoir about love, grief, and lockdown

The power of silence in a deafening world

Why there’s more noise, and more kinds of it — and why it might be ruining our focus.

How to fall back in love with reading

Netflix’s Persuasion is an absolute disaster

How the world changed its mind on Tracy Flick

Our submissions to the queer canon

Raising Raffi is a portrait of the author as modern father

In The Immortal King Rao, a tech billionaire becomes king of the world

Elif Batuman’s Either/Or is a portrait of the artist as a young idiot

Spend June with a novel of colonialism, technological capitalism, and coconuts

The Fortress of Solitude is a fraught and uneasy love letter to a vanished Brooklyn

Bill Gates knows philanthropy alone can’t solve inequality

The Vox Book Club is going back to Fortress of Solitude, one of the best novels of the 2000s

Revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria

The author of Station Eleven wrote a new pandemic novel

How conspiracy theories went mainstream

One Good Thing: Have you heard of this Shakespeare guy? Pretty good!

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado knows where the bodies are buried