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Book Review: Home by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson's new novel tells the exact same story as her last novel. What's going on here? Read More »

The New Canon: The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem mixes superheroes and magical realism with a stark coming-of-age story. Read More »

The New Canon: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Marilynne Robinson finds transcendent poetry in the musings of a dying minister Read More »

The New Canon: The Human Stain by Philip Roth

In The Human Stain, Philip Roth builds a rich multilayered novel from a tragic life observed from afar. Read More »

The New Canon: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood raises issues about theocratic impulses and women's rights that are still relevant today. Read More »

Book Review: Breath by Tim Winton

Breath is not so much about surfing -- and it may be the great surfing novel -- as it is about risk-taking. Read More »

The New Canon: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the great love stories . . . or is it? Read More »

The New Canon: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen deserves to remembered for more than just the "Oprah incident." Read More »

The New Canon: Beloved by Toni Morrison

No novel of recent years has been more honored than Toni Morrison’s Beloved, but is it part of the Canon or the Anti-Canon? Read More »

The New Canon: Underworld by Don DeLillo

Everything from Frank Sinatra to the nuclear arms race finds its way into Underworld, Don DeLillo's massive novel. Read More »