All Book Reviews

  • Practicing Catholic

    Journalist and former priest James Carroll uses his own life as a lens through which to explore contemporary American Catholicism.

  • The Antelope’s Strategy

    After the genocide, ordinary Rwandans wonder: Can survivors and killers share hilltops again?

  • Poetry collections to cherish

    Three short reviews of poetry collections.

  • The Girls from Ames

    How 11 women have sustained a 40-year friendship – and how that bond nurtures them.

  • The Song Is You

    The writing is lovely but the romance feels creepy in Arthur Phillip’s latest novel.

  • The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

    An absorbing examination of the unusual life of Dorothy Wordsworth.

  • Life List

    One woman’s quest to see as many of the world’s birds as possible.

  • This Is Water

    David Foster Wallace on the difficulty – and importance – of living 'consciously, adultly, day in and day out.'

  • Columbine

    A decade after the Columbine school shootings, a journalist shines a light into the dark corners of the case.

  • Classic review: Ireland

    A history of Ireland by the people who know it best - the storytellers.

  • The Third Reich at War

    This history of World War II from a German perspective is a superb study of a society at war.

  • The Weight of Heaven

    Devastated by the loss of their child, an American couple try to rebuild their lives in India.

  • Plain, Honest Men

    An engrossing account of the men who met in Philadelphia in 1787 to design a radically new form of government.

  • The Triangular Road

    In this nontraditional memoir, novelist Paule Marshall explores the rich material that fueled her five decades of work.

  • A Saint on Death Row

    The life story of a young man who transformed himself – and others – during his 11 years in prison.

  • Power Rules

    Longtime Washington inside Leslie H. Gelb prescribes common sense as the antidote to US foreign policy blunders.

  • Classic review: The Armchair Book of Baseball

    Let the games begin!

  • Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

    New Yorker reporter Dan Baum offers a vivid portrait of New Orleans from hurricane Betsy up through Katrina.

  • Yogi: The Life and Times of an American Original

    A warts-and-all biography of one of baseball’s living legends.

  • All the Living

    A young woman on a lonely farm struggles with competing desires for love and freedom in this thoughtful debut novel.