All Book Reviews

  • Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

    Despite a world-renowned father and merry times at Christmas, the lives of the 10 children born to Charles Dickens were anything but easy.

  • 3 YA books just perfect for adults

    These young freedom fighters are worthy of readers of all ages.

  • Code Name Verity

    This young adult novel of female friendship and peril amid World War II is an unexpected gem. 

  • The Oath

    New Yorker writer and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin offers an astute and thorough analysis of the relationship between the Obama White House and the John Roberts-led Supreme Court.

  • The Watchers

    While some parts of Stephen Alford's book are repetitive, his study of life during Queen Elizabeth I's reign is a thought-provoking read.

  • A Thousand Mornings

    Mary Oliver's poetry collection showcases her clear, strong voice and celebrates nature.

  • 'Crossing to Safety': Wallace Stegner's poignant classic turns 25

    Wallace Stegner's novel about a decades-long friendship between two couples is just as rewarding on its 25th anniversary as it was when first published.

  • Building Stories

    Chris Ware's unusual graphic novel is a triumph of imagination and originality.

  • Ike's Bluff

    Writer Evan Thomas's perceptive analysis of the 34th president shows a shrewd operator who played his cards close to the vest.

  • My Ideal Bookshelf

    Thessaly La Force's collection of essays on cultural figures' favorite books will fascinate any bibliophile.

  • On the Road to Mr. Mineo's

    Barbara O'Connor never disappoints. Like her other children's novels, this one is a keeper.

  • Detroit City Is the Place to Be

    Mark Binelli offers a sharp, sad, insightful look at Detroit – a city so lost that it has made failure chic.

  • Escape From North Korea

    Journalist Melanie Kirkpatrick shares the harrowing stories of North Koreans desperate to escape a despotic regime.

  • Commander

    Stephen Taylor offers insight into the complicated world of the British Royal Navy.

  • The Black Count

    New Yorker writer Tom Reiss gives us the rattling good tale of the real Count of Monte Cristo.

  • Iron Curtain

    You won't find a better book about the beginnings of the Cold War than this National Book Award-nominated study by Anne Applebaum.

  • Walkable City

    This timely, important book should be required reading for city planners – and anyone simply hoping for a more walkable downtown.

  • Reinventing Bach

    Paul Elie's serious and inventive book asks: How has Bach in our time become a Godlike being whose center is everywhere?

  • Elsewhere

    Richard Russo's memoir of life with his mother is a vivid if devastating portrait of the complicated relationship that overshadowed his life.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Biographer Jon Meacham captures Thomas Jefferson as a person, not just a historical figure.