All Book Reviews

  • The Bully Pulpit

    This dual biography of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft offers fresh proof of Doris Kearns Goodwin's ability to 'bring dead presidents back to life.'

  • Longbourn

    British novelist Jo Baker reimagines 'Pride and Prejudice' from a servants-eye view in the delightful 'Longbourn.'

  • The Two Hotel Francforts

    Two unhappy married expat couples meet in World War II-era Portugal – a meeting that changes everything for all of them.

  • The War That Ended Peace

    Why did World War I begin? Historian Margaret MacMillan offers a masterly exploration of the factors that led to the devastating conflict.

  • Mr. Lynch's Holiday

    Catherine Flynn's wry, touching, third novel follows a widower who visits his son in Spain, only to find that the boy's supposedly glamorous expat life is anything but.

  • Allegiant

    'Allegiant' is the third book in Veronica Roth's 'Divergent' trilogy – and yes, the ending is just as controversial as they're saying.

  • Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism

    Maajid Nawaz offers a riveting look at how his time in jail changed his views of Islam and its place in the world.

  • Local Souls

    Allan Gurganus spins three separate stories in this chronicle of life in a small North Carolina town.

  • Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Journalist Katy Butler questions current end-of-life care practices in a book that is both compelling and affecting.

  • Norman Mailer: A Double Life

    J. Michael Lennon tackles the wildly eventful life and career of Norman Mailer, in the first biography since Mailer's 2007 death.

  • Aimless Love

    This new collection will cause Billy Collins fans to fall in love all over again.

  • Days of Fire

    New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker examines George W. Bush's presidency – a presidency, Baker argues, that rises or falls with the decision to invade Iraq.

  • The Luminaries

    Eleanor Catton's epic mystery, set in 19th-century New Zealand, is the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.

  • The Goldfinch

    Donna Tartt's long-awaited new novel follows Theo Decker, a young orphan who takes possession of a legendary painting.

  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2

    Mark Twain rambles (delightfully) through his own life and opinions.

  • The Signature of All Things

    Eat, pray, love – then write a really good novel.

  • Countrymen

    The Final Solution loomed over Denmark's Jews in 1943, but their nation was not prepared to give them up.

  • The Circle

    A young woman joins a tech firm with Orwellian ambitions in Dave Eggers's accomplished new novel.

  • Book of Ages

    New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the life of an ‘every woman' who just happens to be the sister of Benjamin Franklin.

  • One Summer

    Bill Bryson centers on the summer of 1927 – a seminal season, but not an innocent one.