All Book Reviews

  • Southern Cross the Dog

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

  • The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

    There was no GPS. How did your ancestors navigate?

  • For a Song and a Hundred Songs

    Poet Liao Yiwu's account of four years spent in a Chinese prison is raw and disturbing yet also a deeply human and essential read.

  • Native Americans

    James S. Robbins urges today’s Americans to ‘recognize, honor, and carry forward the grand experiment of the first new nation.’

  • The No World Concerto

    A novelist tries to make very modern music out of a work of fiction.

  • Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985

    This collection of Calvino's letters unveils the correspondence of a writer at the heart of modern literature's revolutions.

  • Mo'Meta Blues

    Polymath bandleader Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson chronicles his life in beats.

  • Italian Ways

    For every moment that Italy annoys Tim Parks, there are two in which it delights him.

  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

    On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo offers a detailed account of the battle, with a focus on the human side of the history.

  • The Greek House

    Swiss painter Christian Brechneff's story – a beguiling mix of genres, from travelogue to art guide – is the next best thing to actually going to a Greek island.

  • Transparent

    Natalie Whipple's debut young adult novel about an invisible teen fleeing her gangster dad is buoyed by well-executed plot twists.

  • The Faraway Nearby

    Rebecca Solnit's delightful book asks why we tell stories – from German fairy tales to "Frankenstein" to the stories of our own lives.

  • Spartacus

    He was a gladiator, rebel, and hero of Hollywood. But who was the man behind the myth?

  • The Boys in the Boat

    How a scrappy team of Washington rowers pulled past the world at the Berlin Olympics.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    Neil Gaiman has written a fairy tale for adults, reminding us that childhood memories never go away, even when we think we have forgotten them. 

  • River Inside the River

    Gregory Orr's twelfth collection of poems is one of this year's most intriguing, imaginative books of verse.

  • My Isl@m

    Based on his own story, popular Islamic blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr argues that the Internet will be for Islam what the printing press was for Christianity – a driving force for reform.

  • 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane': Neil Gaiman garners mostly positive reviews

    'The Ocean at the End of the Lane,' is being hailed as Gaiman's first book for adults in eight years. But is it really?

  • Duel with the Devil

    NPR 'literary detective' Paul Collins chronicles a gripping real-life murder mystery, set in New York City circa 1800 – the first truly tabloid crime in our nation's history.

  • Algerian Chronicles

    Albert Camus's 1957 work shows his outrage over the suffering of Algeria's Arab and Berber populations.