Building the American Dream

Man’s Better Angels: Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War by Philip F. Gura

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism by Chris Jennings

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece

Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith

We Are as Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America by Kate Daloz

The Great Genius of Jewish Literature

The Orange Peel and Other Satires by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey Saks

The Bridal Canopy by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by I.M. Lask

A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Misha Louvish

To This Day by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin

A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Amiel Gurt and others

Two Tales: Betrothed and Edo and Enam by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Walter Lever

A Simple Story by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin

Two Scholars Who Were in Our Town and Other Novellas by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Paul Pinchas Bashan and others

From Foe to Friend and Other Stories by S.Y. Agnon, with illustrations by Shay Charka

Shira by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Zeva Shapiro

In Mr. Lublin’s Store by S.Y. Agnon, translated from the Hebrew by Glenda Abramson

A City in Its Fullness by S.Y. Agnon, edited by Alan Mintz and Jeffrey Saks


Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. His books include Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible and a translation of the Hebrew Bible.
 (April 2017)

Julian Barnes’s most recent books are Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art and The Noise of Time, a novel.
 (April 2017)

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books about the American Gilded Age, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival (2012) and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, published this month by Penguin.
 (July 2019)

Paula Bohince’s most recent book of poems is Swallows and Waves. (April 2017)

Vivian Gornick is at work on a book of rereadings, which will be published next year. (April 2017)

Linda Greenhouse teaches at Yale Law School. Her most ­recent book is Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, a memoir.
 (November 2019)

Michael Ignatieff is President of Central European University in Budapest. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. (June 2018)

Julian Lucas is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (February 2019)

Timothy Noah is the Labor Policy Editor for Politico and the author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It. (April 2017)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire, Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012, and, most recently, the poetry collection The Blue Hill. 
(November 2019)

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and the Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His new book, The Politics of Pain: Postwar En­gland and the Rise of Nationalism, was published in the US in November.
 (January 2020)

Nathaniel Rich’s latest novel is King Zeno. His next book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, will be published in April.
 (March 2019)

Norman Rush’s most recent novel is Subtle Bodies. (April 2017)

Cathleen Schine’s novel The Grammarians was published in September. (January 2020)

Charles Simic has been Poet Laureate of the United States. Come Closer and Listen, his latest book of poems, will be out next year. (August 2018)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His book If We Can Keep It: How the Republic ­Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved was published this year.
 (December 2019)