All Book Reviews

  • Lit

    Mary Karr tells the story of her failed marriage, her struggles with alcohol and mental illness, and the peace she finally found in prayer.

  • Mentors, Muses & Monsters

    Well-known writers recall the big names they encountered on the way up – both those that helped them and those that hindered.

  • What the Dog Saw

    New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell delves into everything from Enron to 9/11 to pit bulls.

  • Classic review: Love in the Time of Cholera

    A tale of love, illusions, and life's possibilities.

  • My Paper Chase

    The energetic memoir of Harold Evans, a newspaperman who refuses to sing the blues.

  • The Lacuna

    Barbara Kingsolver magnificently re-creates 1930s Mexico City in her first novel in nine years.

  • When Everything Changed

    American women have traveled a long road since the 1960s.

  • The Tin Drum

    Marking the 50th anniversary of ‘The Tin Drum,’ a new English translation gives Günter Grass’s classic a fresh musicality.

  • Becoming Americans

    Selections from 85 immigrants tell what it means to become an American.

  • Bright-Sided

    Is feel-good actually bad?

  • Classic review: Jazz

    Toni Morrison's poignant tale of tragedy in 1920s Harlem.

  • Chronic City

    Novelist Jonathan Lethem’s ambition and talent outstrip his focus in this provocative tale of urban life.

  • Generosity: An Enhancement

    A new novel from Richard Powers poses a disquieting question: Is it abnormal to be happy?

  • Manhood for Amateurs

    Novelist Michael Chabon surveys the emotional terrain of life as a husband, father, and son.

  • Egg on Mao

    The true story of a Chinese bus mechanic who risked his all in a symbolic challenge to China’s dictatorship.

  • The Pattern in the Carpet

    Margaret Drabble’s memoir takes a powerful, disquieting look at the ways we attempt to stave off depression.

  • The Secret Wife of Louis XIV

    The real-life fairy tale of Françoise d’Aubigné, little-known second wife of France's Sun King.

  • Classic review: The Poisonwood Bible

    A Baptist minister brings his version of salvation – and his family – to the simmering Congo of the 1960s.

  • Wolf Hall

    “Wolf Hall,” winner of this year’s Booker Prize, offers a sympathetic portrayal of Thomas Cromwell, the power behind Henry VIII's throne.

  • Spooner

    In a nearly autobiographical novel, award-winning author Pete Dexter draws a loving portrait of a stepdad.

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