A rare joint appearance by two old friends. Julian Barnes’s new novel, a poignant tale of first love and long memory, is The Only Story. “He reveals crystalline truths that have taken a lifetime to harden,” wrote The New York Times. “He has honed their edges and polished them to a high gleam.” See What Can Be Done gathers three decades of Lorrie Moore’s articles, essays and cultural commentary. “Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time than Lorrie Moore’s,” wrote Harper’s magazine.