All Book Reviews

  • The Accidental Universe

    The physics behind reality may be hard to grasp – but Alan Lightman makes trying fun.

  • Life Is a Wheel

    What can you learn about life biking from Oregon to New York?

  • The Cairo Affair

    Olen Steinhauer has penned a high-stakes international thriller that expertly blends dubious government behavior with memorable characters.

  • Sorry! The English and Their Manners

    A history of etiquette suggests its spiritual dimension.

  • The Gods of Olympus

    The many wanderings and permutations of the Olympian deities is the subject of a lively new book by the classicist Barbara Graziosi.

  • Boy, Snow, Bird

    Helen Oyeyemi upends the whole Snow White story, tossing out apple, dwarves, glass coffin – and replacing them with an unsettling book that casts a spell of its own. 

  • Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul

    Daniel Gordis examines the life of 'the most Jewish of Israel's prime ministers,' a man Gordis says has been profoundly misunderstood.

  • Archetype

    Spouses are for sale in the first volume of a new dystopian-future series.

  • Two Serious Ladies

    Jane Bowles's radical fiction was as defiantly unconventional as its author.

  • Kitty Genovese

    Kevin Cook's book clears up the misconceptions surrounding the famous New York City murder case.

  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

    Rebecca Newberger Goldstein makes a compelling case for the value of a life of genuine introspection.

  • A Snicker of Magic

    Natalie Lloyd's debut novel is an appealingly real and multi-layered story with a vast cast of characters.

  • An Unnecessary Woman

    Lebanese-American author Rabih Alameddine fits an entire, richly lived life into one day – finding room for war, tragedy, AK-47s, and lots of literature.

  • Five Came Back

    How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their service in World War II.

  • I Am Abraham

    Jerome Charyn channels Lincoln in a memoir imagined to have been written by America's 16th president.

  • The Race Underground

    Boston Globe features editor Doug Most serves up plenty of colorful drama with the story of the battle between Boston and New York to build America's first subway system.

  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell

    In her new novel, 'The Dressmaker' author Kate Alcott explores the ramifications of the murder of a Lowell mill girl.

  • Quesadillas

    A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall both Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

  • Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

    Is the Internet revolutionizing global dissent?

  • The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

    David Brion Davis offers valuable insight on 'the peculiar institution,' as practiced from the 1780s to the 1880s, in the third installment of his trilogy examining slavery around the globe.