A Bright New Season
Be prepared—September 2021 has some of the most extraordinary writers publishing new books of fiction, poetry, and essays
This week’s recommendations encompass several genres: historical fiction, thriller, short stories, horror, and a memoir I couldn’t resist
Brave Women, Bold Nature
The recommendations this week naturally fell into two categories that often overlap: women and nature. We have a feminist retelling of ancient...
So, What Else Is New?
What seems appealing to read in the middle of these dog days of summer? How about some writing advice for that novel you’ve been contemplating...
This week highlights two mysteries: an impressive contemporary debut that seems as though it was written in another era and one from a tried and...
These five books could not be more different from one another, but they undeniably confirm why California is such a fertile setting for fiction
The View Inside
A paen to W.E.B. Du Bois and a rediscovered gem of Black fiction; a frenetic memoir by an actor whose infectious energy will take you on an exhilarating...
Apart and Together
This week features mad housewives, animal behavior, distanced families, solitude, and some much-needed poetry. Many of these books star an isolated...
2021 First Novel Prize
The Center for Fiction 2021 First Novel Prize was awarded to Kirstin Valdez Quade for her debut novel The Five Wounds (W
The desire to connect is part of what makes us human, and the following stories approach this notion to great effect. Each shares the common thread...