February's Best Books of the Month: Our Editors' Picks

Warm BodiesThough February is the shortest of the months, it was far from short on great books to read.

This month's spotlight goes to Wise Men, which Editorial Director Sara Nelson describes as "...a perfect picture of mid 20th century America: a country naïve, ambitious and possessed of a racism and anti-Semitism both genteel and pervasive ... Think Harper Lee crossed with Philip Roth: this is a truly Great American Novel."


Here are a couple more of our top picks this month:



This gorgeously expressed, slippery apologia from the once and future Schroder--sympathetic, even in his appalling negligence--limns the limits of self-made American identity, while paying tribute to the irrational exuberance of parental love. --Mari Malcolm


After Visiting Friends

After Visiting Friends


Michael Hainey's memoir unfolds like a good novel, with the gathering momentum of a mystery. -- Mari Malcolm




Check out the seven other February releases that have left us smitten on our Best of the Month page.

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