All Book Reviews

  • My Beloved Brontosaurus

    Author Brian Switek explores and explains the enduring appeal of dinosaurs.

  • The New Digital Age

    Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen explore the 21st century, in which they see technology reshaping everything from the lives of individuals to the destinies of nations.

  • What My Mother Gave Me

    Thirty women writers tell of the special gifts – everything from a scarf to a horse to a tourist cruise – that deepened appreciation for their mothers.

  • Rump

    Liesl Shurtliff's spin on the legend of Rumpelstiltskin is a funny, charming debut novel aimed at middle-grade readers.

  • The Blind Man's Garden

    Two Pakistani brothers flee to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in this riveting story by Pakistani-British author Nadeem Aslam.

  • Bunker Hill

    Nathaniel Philbrick retells the story of the bloodiest battle of the American Revolution, after which there was no turning back.

  • Down the Up Escalator

    Barbara Garson tells the stories of Americans who have lost jobs – and hope – during the Great Recession.

  • Saul Bellow's Heart

    Greg Bellow's memoir of life as Saul Bellow's son offers unique insights into the author and the man.

  • Let's Talk Diabetes with Owls

    David Sedaris proves as quick-witted as ever in this new collection of essays.

  • Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology

    The collected writings of American naturalist Aldo Leopold appear in a beautiful new edition from the Library of America.

  • Return of a King

    William Dalrymple looks for contemporary lessons in the story of Britain's disastrous 19th-century invasion of Afghanistan.

  • In the City of Bikes

    How biking mania put down deep roots in the Netherlands.

  • The Interestings

    Meg Wolitzer follows a group of teenagers from art camp on to adult life, with all its successes and disappointments.

  • The Oldest Word for Dawn

    The poetry of Brad Leithauser offers an adept blend of individual and social drama.

  • Come, Thief

    Jane Hirshfield's poetry gives eloquent voice to moments, creatures, and landscapes often overlooked.

  • Poems to Learn by Heart

    This widely appealing collection of poetry – beautifully illustrated with paintings by Jon J Muth – was edited by Caroline Kennedy.

  • Mastermind

    Maria Konnikova examines the neurological and psychological underpinnings of the great mind of Sherlock Holmes.

  • Ten White Geese

    'Ten White Geese' follows an Emily Dickinson scholar who seeks a refuge from her marriage – and the world – in a Welsh farmhouse.

  • American Story

    NBC correspondent Bob Dotson profiles the quiet heroes who make our world a better place.

  • Fear Itself

    Ira Katznelson has produced an exceptionally engaging and thoughtful account of the New Deal era.