All Book Reviews

  • Radiance of Tomorrow

    Former child soldier Ishmael Beah offers a quiet tribute to human resilience. 

  • On Such a Full Sea

    Korean-American author Chang-Rae Lee tells an exquisitely written dystopian tale of a girl who sets off through a very changed America to find her missing boyfriend.

  • Orfeo

    A retired music professor on the run from the government confronts his past in Richard Powers's profound yet accessible 11th novel.

  • The Scent of Pine

    A road trip to Maine offers a Russian immigrant transportive memories of her past, and a possible ally for her future.

  • Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed

    Two years after the Tahrir Square protests, an insider examines life in Cairo.

  • Brown Dog: Novellas

    The adventures of Brown Dog, Jim Harrison's 'wonderful backwoods nitwit,' are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.

  • Flyover Lives: A Memoir

    Diane Johnson – best known for giving us scenes of expat life in Paris – has written a curious but engaging memoir about her Midwestern ancestors.

  • Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

    The life (and near-death) of the Big Easy, inventively mapped.

  • Flappers

    In brief and provocative biographies, Judith Mackrell explores the lives of six influential women of the Jazz Age.

  • The Empire of Necessity

    A slave revolt on the high seas sheds light on many historical ironies.

  • Love & War

    James Carville and Mary Matalin defend and explain their famously bipartisan marriage.

  • The Invention of Wings

    "The Secret Life of Bees" author Sue Monk Kidd weaves her own narrative into the real-life story of abolitionist Sarah Grimké.

  • Horace and Me

    Can the man who coined the phrase "Seize the day" still teach us how to live vibrantly?

  • Roth Unbound

    The warmth of Philip Roth's breath is on every page of Claudia Roth Pierpont's new biography.

  • Why I Read

    Literary magazine editor Wendy Lesser leads readers through what feels like a book club discussion on steroids – brainy, personal, and occasionally off topic.

  • Little Failure

    Gary Shteyngart takes a dark, funny look at his Soviet-Jewish roots.

  • Getting Away with Murder

    U.N. assistant secretary general Heraldo Muñoz offers a well-researched account of the life, death, and legacy of Benazir Bhutto.

  • Pinkerton's Great Detective

    British historian Beau Riffenburgh tracks the undercover private eye who took on organized crime in the Wild West.

  • The System

    Writers Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian take a look at the world of NCAA football and the troubles that have come with its exploding popularity.

  • The Eye of Minds

    James Dashner's young adult novel centers on an online video game, but even non-gamers will find this story enthralling.