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JOAN DIDION

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In nine interviews that span nearly 50 years, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and memoirist Didion (1934-2021) responded to questions with thoughtful openness. Although Didion was not, as one interviewer noted, “what one would call a virtuoso conversationali... More »

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THE BARTENDER’S CURE

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Straton’s debut is two books in one—a thoroughly researched and mostly charming compendium of information about bartending and recipes for cocktails and a rather lugubrious account of her narrator Samantha “Sam” Fisher’s gap year employment at a drinking estab... More »

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#436 July 5, 2022

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Matt writes: From Juneteenth 2022 through Sunday, June 26th, RogerEbert.com presented its second annual installment of Black Writers Week, featuring essential work from our guest editors Danielle Scruggs, Robert Daniels and Sergio Mims, as well as writers Mack... More »

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THE LAST BOSS OF BRIGHTON

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When Boris Nayfeld was born in 1947 in Gomel, Belarus, his father was thousands of miles away “doing time in a Soviet gulag for black marketeering.” His mother abandoned him and his brother three years later, leaving them in the care of their grandmother. “I n... More »

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FRANCE

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Melding memoir, travelogue, and history, British biographer and cultural historian Robb offers a sweeping, spirited, and refreshingly unsentimental portrait of France, from the Bronze Age to the present. Traveling by bicycle, train, and on foot, the author and... More »

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LEADERSHIP

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How many more times will Kissinger try to exonerate Nixon, and thereby himself? As many times as he can put out a book, evidently. In a constellation of political leaders, all known to him, he exalts six case studies—and he’s not shy of laying claim to some of... More »

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