Hillary Kelly

  1. all by myself
    9 Great Books With Lonely ProtagonistsInvestigating the wild terrain of the isolated mind.
  2. endings
    Hilary Mantel Thinks the Last Book Is Her BestThe author on her final beheading, and debuting the last installment in her trilogy with no book tour.
  3. coronavirus
    Severance​ Predicted the Slow-Burn Performance of Our PandemicLike Ling Ma’s protagonist, we haven’t been shot out of a cannon and into a new world. We’re watching it unfold like a digitally broadcast picaresque.
  4. profile
    The Disaster ArtistEmily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is speaking to our pandemic-frenzied moment. Her new book is even bleaker.
  5. eat the rich
    Why Emma Is Still Jane Austen’s Most Pleasurable HeroineGo ahead. Judge the hell out of her. That’s the point.
  6. encounter
    Jenny Offill Wrote the Perfect Worry NovelIn Weather, the author takes us through the Five Stages of Climactic Grief.
  7. coming attractions
    32 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020The return of Elena Ferrante and a Me Too narrative unlike any you’ve read before.
  8. legacies
    Elizabeth Wurtzel Took Up Space, Even When the Literary World Wouldn’t Have HerShe was often looked down upon by a literary community that saw her as too much everything.
  9. overnights
    Dublin Murders Finale Recap: Mummy and DaddyIf you were hoping for every puzzle piece to click into place, then you’ll be sadly disappointed.
  10. little women
    We’re All AmyThe Little Women character has served as our national totem of spoiled little turds for 151 years, as if we didn’t all yearn to be her.
  11. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: Attrition. Sedition. Depose the King.And just like that, Cassie-Lexie’s story wraps up in an extravagant festival of confession.
  12. what were the 2010s?
    Gone BoysWhere are the Jonathans of yesteryear? Female authors dominated the 2010s, and replaced the Great American Novel with something better.
  13. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: House of LiesThe series introduces us to Cassie’s housemates and their many secrets, as it inelegantly plows through 450 pages of novel in 60 minutes.
  14. girl groups
    Little Women Was the Original Super-FranchiseFrom film and TV adaptations to fan-fic and merch, Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about the March sisters has always been big.
  15. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: Left BehindCassie and Rob are two planets that have slipped their orbits, neither really equipped to tackle what they’re facing alone.
  16. best of 2019
    The Best Overlooked Books of 2019Lesser-noticed novels by Yoko Ogawa, Helen Phillips, and others were among the year’s greatest.
  17. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: DoppelgängerThe series sends Rob and Cassie off in two different directions, prioritizing a shiny new mystery at the expense of the first.
  18. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: a ReckoningThe series’ attempts to plausibly layer two already implausible book premises may already be falling apart.
  19. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: The Murder GodsAs Cassie and Rob’s investigation branches out, a new complication is speeding toward Knocknaree.
  20. close reads
    Jennifer Aniston Is a Great Actor. The Morning Show Proves It.It’s the closest Aniston may ever come to playing a pastiche of her own career and celebrity.
  21. overnights
    Dublin Murders Premiere Recap: Is This Happening?Starz’s adaptation of Tana French’s beloved Dublin Murders books does a lot right as it establishes its main mystery and central detective duo.
  22. adaptations
    Let’s Set More of Our Literary Idols on FireAlena Smith’s Dickinson blows a mouthful of pot smoke in the face of the biopic genre. More, please!
  23. how mysterious
    Tana French Is Our Best Living Mystery WriterWith her Dublin Murder Squad series, she has built a world that’s more George R.R. Martin than Agatha Christie — minus the beheadings.
  24. overnights
    Unbelievable Finale Recap: Next Time, Do BetterThe series ends on not only a judicial victory but a personal one for nearly all parties involved.
  25. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Those BurdensOur perp goes from stalking and documenting the lives of the women he attacks to being documented and catalogued himself.
  26. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: We’re Big Into VengeanceAs Marie quietly accepts the indignities heaped upon her, Lilly takes the opposite tack.
  27. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: A Thousand CutsThe case is inching along, but Marie is years in the past, quite alone, and entirely unknown to the only women who care enough to do the legwork.
  28. profile
    New York’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer Runs a Podcast on Park AvenueZibby Owens’s Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books “moves product” like nothing else.
  29. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Garden-Variety HorribleMarie doesn’t even think she can trust herself, let alone the system that’s failed her for her entire life.
  30. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Dumb LuckAs Duvall and Rasmussen dig into the nitty-gritty of good police work—not just case-closing police work—we learn a few more nuggets about the perp.
  31. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: The WolfUnbelievable’s second episode is designed to work in unison with its first, creating a snugly fit yin and yang of police procedurals.
  32. overnights
    Unbelievable Series-Premiere Recap: Here Comes HelpA clinical but moving premiere offers a series of indictments of how first responders and bystanders mishandle rape victims.
  33. praise be sequels
    Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments Joins the Empowerment ParadeThe sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale ultimately succumbs to our fan-service dystopia.
  34. spoilers
    It’s Time for The Handmaid’s Tale to Let June DieJune’s shrapnel-laden plot armor has sustained an unparalleled Elisabeth Moss performance, but it undermines the point of the character.
  35. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season Finale Recap: A Talent for RuthlessnessJune’s troubles are, like a woman’s work, never done.
  36. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Risk ManagementJune may be on the verge of heroics, but are they worth the cost?
  37. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Pen Is MightierAfter spinning its wheels for too long, Handmaid’s finally turns June into the warrior woman she’s promised to be so many times.
  38. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Little Miss MuffinAmid a crackdown in Gilead, June’s relationship with the Lawrences reaches a horrific turning point.
  39. overnights
    Big Little Lies Finale Recap: A Little RespectIn its final moments, Big Little Lies morphs into the procedural drama it never wanted to be.
  40. star market
    Who Won Game of Thrones (the Pop Culture Phenomenon)?The fantasy series was gold for nearly every person, place, and broadcaster involved. But who came out on top?
  41. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Do No HarmA claustrophobic pseudo-bottle episode pushes June even further down the path of madness — but to what end?
  42. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Que Sera SeraWhat does it mean if our heroine has expanded her hatred and vengeance to include even those who don’t stand directly against her?
  43. profile
    What Is Scarier Than Motherhood?In Helen Phillips’s The Need, a parent’s nightmares take the form of a home intruder — who looks exactly like her.
  44. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Keen On an AdventureJune’s prowl around Hannah’s fortresslike school is the perfect metaphor for her connection to her daughter at this point.
  45. overnights
    Big Little Lies Recap: ForeplayEveryone in Monterey, it seems, is about to snap.
  46. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Capitol LossJune and the Waterfords’ Washington excursion is equal parts moving spectacle and frustrating plot contrivance.
  47. overnights
    Big Little Lies Recap: The Best MonsterMary Louise solidifies her place as one of TV’s most complicated, ruthless villains.
  48. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Baby MineAn episode with none of the physical cruelty this series has become known for manages to tap an even deeper vein of emotional treachery.
  49. overnights
    Big Little Lies Recap: We Are FamilyAs skeletons make their way out of the women’s respective closets, fortunes, both literal and figurative, start to tilt and shift.
  50. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: A Real VoiceA well-earned and long-time-coming alliance bears immediate fruit for June, but can it last?
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