All Book Reviews

  • George Orwell: A Life in Letters

    The letters of George Orwell (real name: Eric Arthur Blair) suggest a life beset by internal conflict.

  • Lawrence in Arabia

    Veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson traces the involvement of T.E. Lawrence and three other Westerners during a critical and turbulent period in the Middle East.

  • Real Talk for Real Teachers

    I was prepared to dislike this book. But Rafe Esquith's good sense won me over.

  • Wealth and Power

    Why has China lagged behind the West in terms of wealth and power? Chinese leaders, writers, and activists offer their explanations.

  • The Son

    Philipp Meyer's Texas epic tells a story that can stand alongside classics by Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy.

  • The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

    Newbery Medalist Richard Peck concocts a delightful story about an accident-prone mouse sent away to school next to Buckingham Palace. 

  • China Goes Global

    China may have the planet's second largest economy. But the Chinese are not going to rule the world.

  • Earthbound

    This young adult novel is a complicated, addictive ride that ends with a doozy of a twist.

  • This Town

    What really goes on among the power-brokers of Washington, D.C.? New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich tells us in a book that is as dark as it is wildly entertaining.

  • Fin & Lady

    In a delightful parallel to 'Auntie Mame,' two half-siblings (who have been estranged for years) find that their personal lives change drastically when tragedy throws them together. 

  • Blue Plate Special

    Author Kate Christensen tells her own story of a lifetime of love, loss, and great meals.

  • & Sons

    Is A.N. Dyer, the reclusive novelist at the center of David Gilbert's new novel & Sons, meant to evoke J.D. Salinger? Perhaps, but that's not really the point in this sharp, funny, knowing send-up of New York's Upper East Side literary scene.

  • The Telling Room

    Michael Paterniti weaves two lives, ten years, and a brief history of Spain into an epic tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the world's greatest piece of cheese. 

  • JFK’s Last Hundred Days

    Biographer Thurston Clarke makes a compelling case that JFK came into his own in the 100 days before Lee Harvey Oswald murdered him in Dallas.

  • The Manor

    A grand Long Island manor – inhabited by members of the same family since 1735 – offers a glimpse into the forgotten history of Northern slavery.

  • Difficult Men

    Television today is full of complex drama, damaged characters, and questionable moral compasses – and we can't get enough. Journalist Brett Martin examines TV's "new Golden Age."

  • My Lunches with Orson

    Orson Welles revealed much about himself and his career in these conversations with his close friend, fellow director Henry Jaglom, recorded over lunches together between 1983 and 1985.

  • Turtle Diary

    A poignant novel of two lost souls and a dream of freedom, from the author of "Riddley Walker."

  • The Eleven

    This slim, delightful novel – the story of the rise of a painter amid the French Revolution and the Terror that followed – was the 2009 winner of the French Academy's Grand Prix du Roman.

  • Southern Cross the Dog

    Terror and redemption alternate in this darkly lyrical adventure set in the Depression-era South.