All Book Reviews

  • Running With the Kenyans

    In a move that is alternately naive, courageous, and entertaining, British journalist Adharanand Finn transplants to Kenya to learn from the world's best runners.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

    The Wind Through the Keyhole" – a "Dark Tower"-related novel set in the fictional Mid-World – is unlikely to be ranked among Stephen King’s top works, but it's still plenty entertaining.

  • The Aleppo Codex

    The most accurate Biblical codex in Jewish tradition – a book revered both for its linguistic precision and its beauty – has been a victim of intentional deceit and government cover-ups.

  • A Sense of Direction

    This first-rate travel book is – like all the best travel books – most fascinating when it has the author at its center.

  • A Disposition to Be Rich

    The author's great-grandfather was the Bernie Madoff of his age – a Ponzi schemer and con man who cheated a US president and kidnapped his own son.

  • All Woman and Springtime

    Although somewhat comparable to "Memoirs of a Geisha," this tale of North Korean women forced into the sex trade is a darker, crueler story.

  • A Difficult Woman

    Historian Alice Kessler-Harris attempts an artistic, political, and moral portrait of a challenging subject: Lillian Hellman.

  • Private Empire

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll takes a close look at secretive behemoth that is Exxon Mobil.

  • The Great Divergence

    Economic equality has slipped to an alarming low in the United States. In "The Great Divergence" Timothy Noah does an excellent job of telling us how this happened – and why it matters.

  • Honor in the Dust

    The historical lessons of Gregg Jones's exhaustively researched book about the US's campaign in the Philippines deserve to be remembered.

  • A Wedding in Haiti

    Author Julia Alvarez and her husband Bill travel to Haiti for a wedding – and then find themselves tied to a country and a culture.

  • The Race for What's Left

    It's not just oil and gas, warns Michael T. Klare in this first-rate wake-up call. Planet Earth is now in danger of running out of just about everything.

  • Farther Away

    The notably unsentimental Jonathan Franzen offers a clear-eyed defense of sentiment in this essay collection.

  • The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

    From Brooklyn to Philly to Houston: Is the American city of today becoming more like Paris?

  • Cow

    Florian Werner's book is a bright biography of the animal that's given us so much.

  • A Magnificent Obsession

    In the union of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert he played the leading role – and she was only too glad to have him do so.

  • Paris in Love

    Mary Bly – writing under pen name Eloisa James – turns her Facebook posts into a delightful diary chronicling 12 months in Paris.

  • Pitch

    Todd Boss's new book of poems, 'Pitch,' serves up subtle music from a young master.

  • Year of Reversible Loss

    A posthumous memoir from longtime Monitor poet Norma Farber.

  • 1616: The World in Motion

    This lavishly illustrated history of the year 1616 is both enthralling and frustrating.