All Book Reviews

  • The Adventures of Henry Thoreau

    A biographer takes a leisurely stroll through the environment that shaped Henry Thoreau.

  • Code Name: Johnny Walker

    Pseudonymous writer 'Johnny Walker,' an Iraqi, tells the story of his time as an interpreter for the US Navy SEALs.

  • Silence Once Begun

    A set of mysterious disappearances in Japan takes readers down a rabbit hole of deceit.

  • Perfect

    In a mere two seconds, can a seemingly perfect life be hopelessly derailed?

  • 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.