A peek at what's coming up in the Independent this week.

    Beyond The Book

    Need a last-minute present for the literary tots in your life? Check out these 10 titles. They’re very different from one another, but they’re all interesting. Just like kids!

      The Week in Reviews: 12/20/14

      Book Review

      Are Americans turning their backs on great literature? The author thinks so.

      Author Q&A

      The author talks about setting, believable characters, and things that go bump in the night.

      Book Review

      The Laughing Monsters

      By Denis Johnson

      Stereotypical characters, Cold War tropes, and a sputtering plot conspire to derail this much-anticipated novel.

      Book Review

      An informative, compelling analysis of the world’s vanishing faiths.

      Book Blog

      ...and how not to make them.


      A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

      Book Review

      Some Luck

      By Jane Smiley

      A rich character study of a farm family growing and struggling in a small Iowa town.

      Book Review

      This look at George Lucas’ groundbreaking masterwork has something for diehard fans and casual observers alike.