All Book Reviews

  • Landry Park

    Librarian Bethany Hagen spins a futuristic tale for young adults that echoes 'Gone with the Wind,' Jane Austen, and 'Downton Abbey.'

  • Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

    True crime historian Douglas Perry separates myth from fact in his new biography of the lawman.

  • Carthage

    Joyce Carol Oates's latest novel is the story of a teenage girl's disappearance and the decay of a seemingly perfect family.

  • Dept. of Speculation

    Jenny Offill's new novel portrays a writer's life at a crossroads – as seen through snapshots from the mind's eye.

  • The Triple Package

    Amy Chua – also known as 'Tiger Mom' – works with her husband to examine the surpassing success of eight US cultural groups.

  • One More Thing

    In B.J. Novak's 'One More Thing,' comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

  • All Joy and No Fun

    Journalist Jennifer Senior asks: Is American culture driving parents slightly crazy?

  • Words Will Break Cement

    How a band of feminist anarchists shook Putin’s Russia.

  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

    Karen Foxlee's middle-grade novel tells the story of a girl named Ophelia who has traveled to a city where it always snows, only to discover a quest behind a mysterious door.

  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky

    Nancy Horan's second novel – recently chosen for the “Today” show book club – examines the marriage of “Treasure Island” author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, American Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.

  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    This cordial look at our recession's slow recovery has all the answers – and the questions to boot.

  • An Officer and a Spy

    Robert Harris's novel about the Dreyfus affair of the 1890s is a perfect story for the age of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.

  • My Life in Middlemarch

    Rebecca Mead's book is not only a love letter to George Eliot but also a rumination on how literature can shape our lives.

  • 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.