Reviews
From the page to the stage

From the page to the stage

The universality of David Sedaris — a review of When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

When the foxes guard the henhouse

The unusual relationship between John McCain and the media.

God and the "chosen one"

God and the “chosen one”

An evangelical Christian looks at what religion means to Obama.

Feeding the need

Feeding the need

Lara Vapnyar’s Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love peeks into the hidden lives of everyday people.

A fugitive by any other name …

A fugitive by any other name …

The relationship between identity and responsibility is explored in Janis Hallowell’s She Was.

Independents’ Day

Independents’ Day

Keli Goff’s Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence takes a look at the evolution of the African American vote.

In tune with the iPod

In tune with the iPod

Steven Levy’s The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness looks at the enormous influence of this tiny portable media player.

The English American

The English American

Alison Larkin’s latest novel explores the rocky boundary between genetic and environmental influences on one’s identity.

Taking the long view on religion and politics

Taking the long view on religion and politics

A look at Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert.

Rewriting history

Rewriting history

A woman travels halfway around the world to discover her true identity in Vendela Vida’s Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name.

You Really Can't Go Home Again

You Really Can’t Go Home Again

Best of In The Fray 2008. Anya Ulinich’s Petropolis tells the tale of a Russian immigrant’s coming-of-age journey in America.

Riding toward new perceptions

Riding toward new perceptions

200712_OTS.jpgJonathan Mooney chronicles his road trip in his book The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal.