All Book Reviews

  • The Clinton Tapes

    Bill Clinton reveals much in 79 taped conversations with historian Taylor Branch.

  • Civil War Wives

    The lives of three prominent Civil War-era women illustrate the drama that took place off the battlefield.

  • The Anthologist

    The writer’s block of a poet becomes the excuse for Nicholson Baker’s daft, brilliant, hilarious novel.

  • Classic review: Dark Star Safari

    Forty years later, Paul Theroux returned to Africa where he began writing.

  • Love and Summer

    A gentle, masterly tale of love and betrayal in a small Irish farm town.

  • The Year of the Flood

    The Year of the Flood

    Margaret Atwood’s dark, sharp, dystopic novel picks up where ‘Oryx and Crake’ left off.

  • The Good Soldiers

    A journalist records what he sees of the ‘surge’ during eight months in Iraq with an American Army battalion.

  • Nocturnes

    Nocturnes

    The author of "Remains of the Day" offers up his first book of short fiction.

  • The Magician's Elephant

    A boy and an elephant yearn for home and family in Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo’s magical tale.

  • The Year That Changed the World

    Two decades later, a journalist remembers the rapid crumbling of European communism.

  • Classic book review: Can't Buy Me Love

    Another Beatles book? Yes, maybe the best ever.

  • The Lost Symbol

    Robert Langdon, professor of symbology and star of ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ risks fresh peril exploring Masonic mysteries in the US capital.

  • A Gate at the Stairs

    Family, race, and religion mingle in Lorrie Moore's incisive coming-of-age novel about a college girl disillusioned by what she sees of adult life.

  • After the Prophet

    A historian delves into Islamic history to illuminate the roots of the Shiite-Sunni schism.

  • Green Metropolis

    A New Yorker writer examines that civic paragon of green living: New York City.

  • Friends Like These

    Not content with Facebook, a writer travels the globe to catch up with 12 childhood pals.

  • A Paradise Built in Hell

    When disaster strikes, ordinary human beings very often do extraordinary things.

  • Classic review: If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

    A sly literary puzzle masquerading as a novel.

  • Mathilda Savitch

    A little sister struggles for a place in her parents’ hearts – and the world – after losing her older sibling.

  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes

    This sequel continues the adventures of the children whose parents work on Alacatraz Island.