All Book Reviews

  • 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.

  • The Man He Became

    A new biography argues that FDR's courageous response to polio was key to his statesmanship.

  • Self-Help Messiah

    In this first full-length biography of pioneering self-help guru Dale Carnegie, Steven Watts makes the compelling argument that Carnegie's story is the story of America.

  • A Million Years with You

    Naturalist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas examines her family, her work, and her alcoholism in a memoir that showcases both her pugnacity and her warmth.

  • Men and Women

    In a visual diary, Tom Wood recorded scenes of blue-collar life in his own backyard.

  • Confronting the Classics

    This collection of historian Mary Beard's reviews of books about classics is a source of wisdom, insight, provocation, and deep pleasure.