Julian Lucas talks about the role of curses in contemporary African literature, and Abby Ellin discusses "Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married."
Fugitive Slaves and the Road to the Civil War
Andrew Delbanco discusses “The War Before the War,” and Rob Dunn talks about “Never Home Alone.”
Tyranny in Rome and Fake Drugs in Fiction
Yascha Mounk discusses Edward J. Watts's "Mortal Republic," and Jonathan Lethem talks about the surge of fictional psychotropic drugs in novels.
Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Michelle Obama’s Memoir
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian discusses the former first lady’s story, and Helen Schulman talks about her novel “Come With Me.”
Poetry & Politics
The Book Review’s poetry editor, Gregory Cowles, discusses Tracy K. Smith’s essay about political poetry and more from this week’s special issue; and Maria Russo discusses the best children's books of 2018.