Alta books editor David L. Ulin selects his favorite print and online reviews of the past year.
Attica Locke’s new mystery offers a consequential commentary on contemporary politics.
What makes Rebecca Solnit’s essays so popular? That they’re probably so right. And that’s a problem.
With the essays in Synthesizing Gravity, Kay Ryan pulls back the covers on her verse.
Mike Davis and Jon Wiener revisit the turbulence of Los Angeles in the 1960s—and come correct.
Conditional Citizens excavates the history of exclusion.
Felicia Luna Lemus’s Particulate Matter is a memoir of intimacy and grace.
Roberto Lovato’s Unforgetting chronicles public and private wars.
Tom Zoellner’s The National Road seeks to take the measure of America.
In Every Day We Get More Illegal, Juan Felipe Herrera doubles down on hope.
Lynell George channels Octavia E. Butler in A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky.