Guilty Secrets

The Royal Game and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig, translated by Jill Sutcliffe, with an introduction by John Fowles

Farewell to the Family?

Marriage Divorce Remarriage by Andrew J. Cherlin

What’s Happening to the American Family by Sar A. Levitan and Richard S. Belous

Singled Out: A Civilized Guide to Sex and Sensibility for the Suddenly Single Man or Woman by Richard Schickel

America Now: The Anthropology of a Changing Culture by Marvin Harris

The Inner American: A Self-Portrait from 1957 to 1976 by Joseph Veroff and Elizabeth Douvan and Richard Kulka

The Futility of Family Policy by Gilbert Y. Steiner

Friends as Family by Karen Lindsey

Marital Status and Living Arrangements Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports Series P-20, No. 365

Household and Family Characteristics Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports Series P-20, No. 366

Money Income and Poverty Status of Families and Persons Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports Series P-60, No. 127


Headbirths, or The Germans Are Dying Out by Günter Grass, translated by Ralph Manheim

The Safety Net by Heinrich Böll, translated by Leila Vennewitz

Settlers and ‘Savages’ on Two Frontiers

The Frontier in History: North America and Southern Africa Compared edited by Howard Lamar, edited by Leonard Thompson

The Shaping of South African Society, 1652-1820 edited by Richard Elphick, edited by Hermann Giliomee

Economy and Society in Pre-Industrial South Africa edited by Shula Marks, edited by Anthony Atmore


Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
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D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His books include The Hellenistic Age: A Short History and a translation of the Iliad. His translation of the Odyssey is forthcoming. (October 2017)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of ten novels, two collections of essays on children’s literature, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is Reading for Fun. (March 2017)

Martin Malia is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author, most recently, of Russia Under Western Eyes, from the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum. (November 2001)

James Merrill (1926–1995) was an American poet whose major work The Changing Light at Sandover describes a series of spirit communications conducted over many years. He won the National Book Award from his collections Nights and Days and Mirabell: Books of Number.

Peter B. Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

Nicholas von Hoffman is a columnist for The Huffington Post.