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Book Author Rating

Alfred and Emily

Doris Lessing three-stars

American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century

Howard Blum three-and-half-stars

American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld three-stars

An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination: A Memoir

Elizabeth McCracken four-stars


Neal Stephenson three-and-half-stars

Black and White and Dead All Over

John Darnton four-stars

Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

Richard Fortey four-stars

Exit Music

Ian Rankin four-stars

Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3

Annie Proulx three-and-half-stars


Stephen Baxter three-and-half-stars

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar

Paul Theroux three-stars


Francine Prose four-stars


Marilynne Robinson four-stars

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America

Thomas L. Friedman three-stars


Philip Roth three-stars


Haven Kimmel three-stars

Man in the Dark

Paul Auster three-and-half-stars

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury

Alison Light four-stars


Terry Pratchett four-stars


Daryl Gregory four-stars

Real World

Natsuo Kirino three-and-half-stars

Saturn's Children

Charles Stross three-stars

Stand the Storm

Breena Clarke four-stars

Supreme Courtship

Christopher Buckley three-stars

The 19th Wife

David Ebershoff three-stars

The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories

John Kessel three-and-half-stars

The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

Leonard Susskind four-stars

The Black Tower

Louis Bayard four-stars

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery four-stars

The Gargoyle

Andrew Davidson three-and-half-stars

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson three-and-half-stars

The Given Day

Dennis Lehane three-stars

The Good Thief

Hannah Tinti four-stars

The Grift

Debra Ginsberg three-and-half-stars

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer four-stars

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Annie Barrows four-stars

The Heroes

Joe Abercrombie four-stars

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

Helene Cooper four-stars

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

Jennet Conant three-and-half-stars

The Lace Reader

Brunonia Barry three-stars

The Last Theorem

Arthur C. Clarke two-stars

The Last Theorem

Frederik Pohl two-stars

The Likeness

Tana French three-and-half-stars

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life–His Own

David Carr three-and-half-stars

The Road Home

Rose Tremain four-stars

The Turnaround

George Pelecanos four-stars

The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

John Zogby three-stars

The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

Daniel J. Levitin three-and-half-stars

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Tom Vanderbilt four-stars

What Happened to Anna K

Irina Reyn three-and-half-stars

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

Haruki Murakami three-stars

When Will There Be Good News?

Kate Atkinson four-stars

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Brenda Wineapple four-stars