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In 19 essays written over two decades, Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd is a “gallery of souls.”
Alta Books Editor David L. Ulin presents a weekly critique of a title from or about the West, reviewed by some of the best writers and authors in the region. Find the latest here every Monday.
In her novel Vera, Carol Edgarian revisits the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
In The Committed, Viet Thanh Nguyen follows up on his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer.
Annalee Newitz’s Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age suggests where we’re going by examining where we’ve been.
Katherine Seligman’s At the Edge of the Haight is a novel about San Francisco’s unhoused.
In Love Is an Ex-Country, Randa Jarrar takes a look at America—and herself.
With Let Me Tell You What I Mean, Joan Didion ties up the loose ends of a literary life.
Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time takes place in the 1930s at a Reno, Nevada, divorce ranch.
In Desert Oracle, Ken Layne goes all in on the Mojave’s lore—and lure.