Caroline Fraser ‘s most recent book, Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution, was published in December. (May 2010)

IN THE REVIEW

‘A Strange, Bloody, Broken Beauty’

Dear Husband,

by Joyce Carol Oates

Little Bird of Heaven

by Joyce Carol Oates
“What are Americans like today?” John Steinbeck set out to answer that question in Travels with Charley, his 1962 travelogue, but it had been a theme of his fiction, as it had been a theme of many works by American writers loosely labeled naturalists. It was not a query of …

Confidence Games

The Silver Screen

by Maureen Howard
“The novel became my game,” writes Maureen Howard in an essay in The New York Times. “We are in this game together,” she goes on, defining “reading, real reading” as a “strenuous and pleasurable contact sport.” The theme of reading and writing as a game is pervasive in her work, …

Heart of Darkness

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art

by Joyce Carol Oates

Rape: A Love Story

by Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates, author of some forty novels (nine written under an assumed name), twenty short story collections, six novellas, eight volumes of poetry, seven of plays, and nine of essays, may be our most prolific contemporary writer. She may also be our most critically confounding. Hosts of reviewers have …

Customs of the Country

That Old Ace in the Hole

by Annie Proulx
Born in 1935, in Norwich, Connecticut, the eldest of five daughters of George Napoleon Proulx, vice-president of a textile company, and Lois Nelly Proulx, a painter and naturalist whose family had lived in Connecticut since 1635, Annie Proulx grew up in towns throughout New England. She graduated with a degree …

The Mormon Murder Case

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

by Will Bagley

Red Water

by Judith Freeman
On September 11, 1857, one hundred and twenty men, women, and children—members of a wagon train party traveling west from Arkansas—were slaughtered in a valley in southwestern Utah, an event now known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Until the 1985 Oklahoma City bombing and the events of September 11, 2001, …

Pretty in the Sunlight

Paradise

by Larry McMurtry
Toward the end of Lonesome Dove, the aging Texas Ranger Augustus McCrae scouts ahead of his cattle herd with the stolid hand Pea Eye. At the Yellowstone River, Gus mystifies his companion by chasing after a herd of buffalo: “Kill any?” Pea asked. “No, I wasn’t hunting,” Augustus …