His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family, from Rose, a secular Jew and communist, to Sergius, her commune-raised grandson. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own family story.
Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new novel by South African writer Andre Brink. It is titled "Imaginings of Sand." Brink first made a name for himself in the 1960s as one of a new generation of African writers who wanted their work to be more politically outspoken.
Film critic Stephen Schiff says the adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel features exceptional performances and a plot that's just the right level of scary. It's also the best movie by director Nicolas Roeg since the Man Who Fell to Earth.