• Tom Wolfe, Book by Book
  • Roberto BolaÑo, Book by Book
  • Anita Shreve, Book by Book
  • National Book Awards
  • Best Books on First Ladies
  • New Books Guide (see the books below)

Book Author Rating


Roberto Bolaño four-stars

A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books

Alex Beam three-and-half-stars

A Mercy

Toni Morrison four-stars

A Most Wanted Man

John le Carré three-stars

A Partisan's Daughter

Louis de Bernières three-stars

American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics

Roland Merullo four-stars


Jackie Wullschlager four-stars

Champlain's Dream: The European Founding of North America

David Hackett Fischer three-and-half-stars

Cold in Hand

John Harvey four-stars

Deaf Sentence

David Lodge four-stars

Death with Interruptions

José Saramago four-stars

Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Hans C. Ohanian three-and-half-stars

Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners

Laura Claridge two-and-half-stars

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Leslie T. Chang four-stars

Fred Astaire

Joseph Epstein four-stars

Happy Families: Stories

Carlos Fuentes three-and-half-stars

I See You Everywhere

Julia Glass three-and-half-stars

John Lennon: The Life

Philip Norman four-stars

Just After Sunset: Stories

Stephen King four-stars

Lulu in Marrakech

Diane Johnson two-and-half-stars

Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Julian Barnes three-and-half-stars

Once Were Cops

Ken Bruen four-stars

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell three-and-half-stars

Sea of Poppies

Amitav Ghosh four-stars

Shadow Country

Peter Matthiessen four-stars

Small Crimes

Dave Zeltserman four-stars

Songs for the Missing

Stewart O’Nan four-stars


Anita Shreve three-stars

Thames: The Biography

Peter Ackroyd three-and-half-stars

The Brass Verdict

Michael Connelly four-stars

The Eleventh Man

Ivan Doig two-stars

The English Major

Jim Harrison three-and-half-stars

The Flying Troutmans

Miriam Toews three-stars

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman four-stars

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Annette Gordon-Reed four-stars

The Hour I First Believed

Wally Lamb three-and-half-stars

The Only Son

Stephane Audeguy three-and-half-stars

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Alice Schroeder three-and-half-stars

The Steel Remains

Richard K. Morgan three-and-half-stars

The Wasted Vigil

Nadeem Aslam three-and-half-stars

The Whiskey Rebels

David Liss three-and-half-stars

The White Tiger

Aravind Adiga three-and-half-stars

The Widows of Eastwick

John Updike two-and-half-stars

The Wordy Shipmates

Sarah Vowell three-stars

To Siberia

Per Petterson three-and-half-stars

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

James M. McPherson four-and-half-stars

Trigger City

Sean Chercover four-stars

True Crime: An American Anthology

Harold Schechter four-stars

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Thomas Travisano four-stars