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A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

Will’s bow-tied, button-down prose wears quite well in this, his third insightful book about baseball, after “Men at Work” and “Bunts.”

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

“The Phantom of Fifth Avenue” teases out the ways in which some human relationships, at their core, may always be transactional.

Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality

At best, efforts like “Redeeming the Dream” can offer a perspective from one side of one part of a much larger story whose final chapter has not yet been written.

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce lived an enviable life, but did she merit 1,300 exhaustively detailed (and well-written) pages, treatment usually accorded a world-historical figure?

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Birmingham's book is a rich treasury, despite the fact that, occasionally, he's too clearly pleased with the snaky suppleness of his own sentences and the shock value of his "big reveal" that Joyce's chronic eye troubles were caused by syphilis.


Robogenesis is wide open for a sequel, more or less setting up a giant confrontation between multiple big bads with the good guys finally teaming up to try saving what little remains of the human race.

Tibetan Peach Pie

If you love his writing — and this may be the last of it you see — you will finish your piece of Tibetan Peach Pie truly loving the writer.

Flying Shoes

It is an impressive debut, with heart and soul, in a long tradition of Mississippi writers.

No Book but the World: A Novel

I felt this was a dark and deep tale of a fascinating person who just wanted a friend.

The Golem and the Jinni

The plot is one that kept me guessing and believe me, this is a good thing.

After I Do: A Novel

Mesmerizing and heart breaking at the same time, this is an unconventional love story that I’d compare to titles written by Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella.

Mambo in Chinatown

It’s a shame that Kwok lets the end fall apart—rushing through a clichéd, melodramatic revelation that resolves way too easily—since much of Charlie’s Cinderella story, not to mention Charlie herself, is charming.


The author has no trouble putting her ‘darlings’ through the wringer, and is a master at taking the reader by surprise.

What So Proudly We Hailed

This book tends to ramble, but Marc Leepson makes the story flow and offers an interesting snapshot of one of the best-known — and least-known — figures in American history.

The Inevitable City

There’s a lot of sensible stuff in this account of post-Katrina New Orleans by the outgoing president of its most prominent educational institution, Tulane University, but there’s a lot of soapy stuff, too.

What Is Visible: A Novel

Elkins makes this great American woman visible again, in all her remarkable, fully human complexity.

Fourth of July Creek

There is much of early Russell Banks in Pete’s keen awareness of his failings and desperate yearning for the decency that remains just out of reach.

Take This Man: A Memoir

Skyhorse has a fascinating story to tell, and he tells it with the skill and sway of a novelist.

Hard Choices

It's never mean. It's often lively. It is overall effective.

The Vacationers: A Novel

She has crafted characters whose motivations have weight and whose heartaches are palpable.