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Book Author Rating

A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor

Dana Canedy four-stars

A Matter of Justice: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Charles Todd four-stars

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Jon Meacham four-stars

Beat the Reaper

Josh Bazell four-stars

Blindspot: By a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise

Jane Kamensky three-and-half-stars

Blindspot: By a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise

Jill Lepore three-and-half-stars


Daniel Suarez four-stars


Richard North Patterson four-stars

Land of Marvels

Barry Unsworth three-and-half-stars

Lark and Termite

Jayne Anne Phillips four-stars

Last of the Old Guard

Louis Auchincloss three-and-half-stars

Lima Nights

Marie Arana three-and-half-stars

Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World

Sharon Waxman three-stars

Miles From Nowhere

Nami Mun four-stars

Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

Adam Cohen four-stars

Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America

Jay Parini three-stars

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Yasutaka Tsutsui three-and-half-stars


Simon Montefiore three-and-half-stars


Patricia Cornwell two-stars


Ron Rash four-stars

Shadow of the Scorpion

Neal Ahser four-stars

Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

Diana Athill four-stars

The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson three-stars

The Associate

John Grisham three-stars

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America

Steven Johnson three-and-half-stars

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker four-stars

The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia

Laura Miller four-stars

The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

Michael Wolff three-and-half-stars

The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks

Robin Romm three-and-half-stars

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

Charlie Huston three-and-half-stars

The Northern Clemency

Philip Hensher four-stars

The Piano Teacher

Janice Y. K. Lee four-stars

The Price of Butcher's Meat

Reginald Hill four-stars

The Private Patient

P. D. James three-and-half-stars

The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008

Louise Erdrich four-stars

The School on Heart's Content Road

Carolyn Chute three-and-half-stars

The Sky Below

Stacey D'Erasmo three-and-half-stars

The Suicide Collectors

David Oppegaard four-stars

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K. Rowling three-and-half-stars

The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst

Kenneth Whyte four-stars

The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul

Patrick French four-stars

Things I've Been Silent About: Memories

Azar Nafisi three-and-half-stars

This One Is Mine

Maria Semple three-and-half-stars

Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

H. W. Brands four-stars

With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain

Michael Korda four-stars