Latest from Ron Charles

Outcry over book ‘censorship’ reveals how online retailers choose books — or don’t

Bricks-and-mortar booksellers curate books for you. Online, the decisions are more arbitrary.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel ‘Whereabouts’ is a delicate exploration of despair

In her new novel, the author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” charts the inner life of a lonely woman living in Europe
  • Apr 20, 2021

Sanjena Sathian’s ‘Gold Diggers’ is a witty social satire with a dash of magic

The debut melts down striving immigrant tales, Old West mythology and madcap thrillers to produce an invaluable new alloy of American literature.
  • Apr 6, 2021

‘Good Company,’ Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s follow-up to ‘The Nest,’ is a sweeter novel with higher stakes

The wife of a theater director must decide what’s real and what’s just acting.
  • Mar 30, 2021

‘The Performance’ unfolds over the course of a two-act play. The fact that it works is a miracle.

Claire Thomas’s three female protagonists ponder their worries while watching Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days.”
  • Mar 23, 2021

The best audiobooks of the year

Susanna Clarke’s “Piranesi” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” win honors at the 2021 Audies ceremony.
  • Mar 23, 2021

In ‘How Beautiful We Were,’ an African village goes up against an American oil company

Imbolo Mbue’s follow-up to “Behold the Dreamers” follows a familiar desecration made wrenchingly fresh by the power of Mbue’s storytelling.
  • Mar 16, 2021

In Russell Banks’s ‘Foregone,’ a dying man comes clean

At 80, the author understands the mingled triumphs and humiliations of a long, complicated life.
  • Mar 9, 2021

Did Facebook ‘cancel Abe Lincoln’? The truth is complicated — and alarming.

A conservative publisher’s rejected ad for a historical novel led to complaints of cancel culture. Here’s what really happened.
  • Mar 4, 2021

The time is right to cancel Dr. Seuss’s racist books

Anyone shocked by the cancellation of six Dr. Seuss books hasn’t been paying attention.
  • Mar 2, 2021