All Book Reviews

  • Classic review: The Ghost

    Classic review: The Ghost

    In "The Ghost," a prime minister's ghostwriter stumbles across some deadly secrets.

  • The Diamond Dog

    The Diamond Dog

    Diane Wakoski’s skill at mythmaking allows her to spin personal loss into engaging verse.

  • Jenniemae & James

    Jenniemae & James

    Brooke Newman’s memoir honors the numbers-savvy maid who delighted Newman’s mathematically brilliant father even as she saved Newman’s childhood.

  • Imperfect Birds

    Imperfect Birds

    Anne Lamott’s latest reconvenes the characters of two earlier novels in a story of middle-class drug and alcohol abuse.

  • The Eastern Stars

    The Eastern Stars

    Why does San Pedro de Macoris – a small town in the Dominican Republic – produce so many Major League Baseball players?

  • Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

    Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

    Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky recalls the five-day journey he took with David Foster Wallace during Wallace’s 1996 “Infinite Jest” book tour.

  • FDR'S Funeral Train

    FDR'S Funeral Train

    A collection of fascinating historical anecdotes highlight this account of five days in April 1945.

  • Classic review: Poetry collections to cherish

    Classic review: Poetry collections to cherish

    Short reviews of three delightful poetry collections.

  • Citizens of London

    Citizens of London

    The Americans who made it to London post-World War II found a vibrant city fueled by courage and resolve.

  • Jane's Fame

    Jane's Fame

    How did Jane Austen become a superstar?

  • Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

    Journalist Kai Bird draws on memories of a childhood spent in the Middle East to shape this exploration of the region’s conflict.

  • Poetry in Person

    Poetry in Person

    Nearly three decades of informal classroom chats with some of America’s finest poets.

  • The Best Spiritual Writing of 2010

    The Best Spiritual Writing of 2010

    A collection of essays that examine all manner of things spiritual.

  • The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

    The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

    New Yorker editor David Remnick examines Barack Obama’s unprecedented political odyssey.

  • Classic review: The Gardner Heist

    Classic review: The Gardner Heist

    Warning: This case is "more addictive than crack."

  • Rough Justice

    Rough Justice

    A chance to see the sketches behind the work of comic book master Alex Ross.

  • It Is Well with My Soul

    It Is Well with My Soul

    Ella Mae Johnson shares the wisdom garnered in more than a century of courageous and generous living.

  • The Journal Keeper

    The Journal Keeper

    Memoirist and essay writer Phyllis Theroux tracks six eventful years of her own life.

  • Son of Hamas

    Son of Hamas

    The autobiography of 32-year-old Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is packed with real-life drama.

  • Mad World

    Mad World

    Paula Byrne's engaging ‘partial’ bio of Evelyn Waugh focuses on his relationship with the family who inspired "Brideshead Revisited."