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
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.