All Book Reviews

  • 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.

  • The Year Before the Flood

    Music, race, politics, and history come together in this author’s examination of the year he spent in New Orleans.

  • Fidel and Gabo

    Two academics examine the decades-long relationship between Fidel Castro and Gabriel García Márquez.

  • Horse Soldiers

    The remarkable story of the US Army Special Forces who slipped into Afghanistan on horseback and fought the war’s most successful campaign

  • Homer & Langley

    History accumulates in E.L. Doctorow’s novel about the Collyer brothers.

  • Classic review: House

    The drama of house-building.

  • Traveling with Pomegranates

    Author Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter seek answers to life’s challenges in their travels to Greece and France.

  • Breaking the Slump

    Two compelling books that take different approaches to the game of golf.

  • Gourmet Rhapsody

    An insolent critic looks back at a life spent savoring flavors.

  • Just Food

    A challenge to current ideas about responsible eating.

  • Lift Every Voice

    On its 100th anniversary, a history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • The Sisters of Sinai

    How a pair of wealthy identical twins made one of the most significant scriptural discoveries in history.

  • Classic review: The Name of the Rose

    Semiotics intertwines with murder in this mystery set in a medieval abbey.

  • Homer's Odyssey

    The story of life with a remarkable blind cat.

  • That Old Cape Magic

    Wry humor and middle-aged meditation give flavor to Richard Russo’s novel about two beach-side weddings.

  • Young Woman & the Sea

    The life of Trudy Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel.

  • The Snakehead

    Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe follows the story of the boss of a human smuggling ring.