Book Review

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

By David McCullough

In this collection of speeches, the famed historian reflects on what his countrymen are made of.


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


    A recap of the books we’ve spotlighted in the past few days.

      Book Review

      The Shadows We Know by Heart

      By Jennifer Park

      A grieving teen finds solace with a sasquatch family in this Tarzan-and-Jane redux.

      Beyond The Book

      A leading literary magazine offers delight, nourishment, and provocation.

      Book Review

      A former Obama staffer dishes on what it was like being the youngest female higher-up in the Oval Office.

      Poetry Review

      April is National Poetry Month and reason enough to raise a flag to the Word Works, which has been going strong for 42 years.

      Washington, DC

      Meet one of the renowned participants in Books Alive! 2017

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      The Night Ocean: A Novel

      By Paul La Farge

      Interlocking fictions embroider the myth of H.P. Lovecraft atop a nihilistic message about the search for redemption.

      Book Review

      An erudite, surprisingly witty account of who eats whom — and why.