All Book Reviews

  • Built of Books

    Oscar Wilde’s life viewed through the prism of his library.

  • Music's Spell

    A pocket-sized collection of poems about the power of music.

  • Classic review: Little Heathens

    Mildred Armstrong Kalish's new memoir offers a warm-hearted retelling of life on a Depression-era Iowa farm.

  • Not Becoming My Mother

    Ruth Reichl pens a “left-handed Mother’s Day” card to her over-educated, unhappy parent.

  • Everything Asian

    Linked stories follow a Korean family uncomfortably trying to assimilate as they run a gift shop in a New Jersey mall in the 1980s.

  • Forbidden Bread

    The breezy, engaging memoir of a New York financial analyst who left her world behind to marry a poet and live in his native Slovenia.

  • Bicycles

    Love poetry as the antidote to the craziness of the world.

  • 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.