For all its sexual perversity, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is at heart a master send-up of the particularities of mid-20th-century American culture. It is a measure of the genius of the non-native English-speaking Nabokov that he crafted the novel’s dazzling prose, of course, but it is just as impressive that this Russian-born writer captured the nuances of an alien culture with such precision and wit. In his new study, Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita, Robert Roper focuses on the émigré’s time in the United States and how it gave birth to his most famous book.
This month's best new Romances include a sizzling beach read, a romance on the small screen and a steamy historical.
Get cooking this month with some genius recipes, a pick for father's day and a little something for the vegetarians.
We tend to think of William Styron as a novelist—and rightly so, given the enduring power of such works at The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice. Yet Styron, who would have been 90 years old on June 11, was also a prolific and gifted writer of nonfiction, as the doorstop-sized new collection, My Generation, makes plain. This gathering of essays, journalism, book reviews, memoirs and occasional pieces, written over 50 years, offers a congenial glimpse into this eminent American writer’s life and mind.
This month's best new mysteries feature school-aged hackers, Montana mountains, a curious Canadian case and a Laotian adventure.
The final chapter in Lev Grossman's Magicians Trilogy, a suspenseful historic account of a perilous voyage and a National Book Award finalist make for great reading this month.
This month's Lifestyles column includes a guide to getting your career on track, a design guide for busy families and a wealth of photography advice for capturing family moments.
The history of heroics, a metafiction memoir, and a falconer's life in poetics make for great listening this month.
Three highly-acclaimed novels from 2014 are now in paperback and are sure to make for great group discussion this month.
True crime and plenty of suspense make for great listening this month.