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A few weeks ago, I sat at my kitchen table and called Elizabeth Powell on Skype. After a couple of rings, her face appeared on my screen. She waved and said hello from her home in Orillia, Ontario; I waved and said hello from my apartment in Brooklyn. And then, a glitch: I could hear everything Powell was saying, but to Powell I was mute. I started to mouth words in slow motion and...
Just as it is in the film industry, fall is the book world’s prestige season, and the next six months are crowded with luminous names, promising debuts, and actual Oscar winners. I limited myself to one hundred titles here because it’s an attractive round number and you have to draw the line somewhere, am I right? Celebrity memoirs from Bruce Springsteen, Trevor Noah, Lil Wayne, and Carrie Fisher are coming out, plus a Joan...

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