All Book Reviews

  • The Big Burn

    The story of the largest wildfire in the history of the United States.

  • Classic review: The Master Butchers Singing Club

    A novel from Louise Erdrich, inspired by the German side of her family.

  • Cheerful Money

    New Yorker writer Tad Friend on the deleterious effects of growing up WASP.

  • In the Falling Snow

    Britain’s class-conscious society is the backdrop to this story of a middle-aged immigrant obsessed with a newer, younger arrival.

  • True Compass

    For the first time, a glimpse of the Kennedys from the inside.

  • 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.