Fortress of Solitude

How an antiwar novel became a best-selling solace for Israeli soldiers and their families

Home Alone

Meir Shalev holds forth on pigeons, homeland, and why reading a book is like a blind date

Sons of Liberty

A historical children’s book with conflicting ideas on Jewishness

Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels

Wartime Truths

In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?

Back to Cuba

Anthropologist Ruth Behar keeps returning to the place her family left behind

Civilization and Its Discontented

Exactly who heeded the call of Abraham? Book touring makes a writer wonder.

The Devil and Der Führer

Norman Mailer brings out the evil in all of us

Great Pretenders

In Romain Gary’s family, invention was the necessity of mother and son

Crimes and Misdemeanors

In Lore Segal’s fiction, no one is innocent

No Country for Young Men

In Philip Roth’s new novel, an aging Zuckerman faces a youthful nemesis

All About My Papa

A journalist unearths a book on Palestine—and his grandfather’s secret history

So Help Me Word

Shalom Auslander reads from his new memoir—and waits for calamity to strike

A Change of Plan

The short story that became The Heartbreak Kid

English Cracker

Will Charlotte Mendelson’s new novel change the scope of British fiction?

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