Editorial reviews

Recently Added


Recently Added

Publication Date



All Time

This Month

This Week





Mystery & Detective



Science Fiction

Biography & autobiography

The Lowland

This is a contemporary novel only in the sense that it knows the brisk economy of the screenplay, or the efficient design of an Apple product.

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater

He shines a heartening light on how one of those passionate heroes devoted himself, as Volpe himself puts it, to educating, rather than training, young people.

A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

Horn has taught Jewish literature and history, and her writing comes from a place of deep knowledge and research — but it sometimes leans a bit too heavily on its learning.

The Circle

If "The Circle" had been written five years ago, it would have seemed prophetic. Today, however, as public opposition mounts against privacy incursions by entities both corporate and governmental, the narrative feels somewhat heavy-handed.

The Lowland

"The Lowland" spans decades but never feels rushed or spread thin. Lahiri entrances us with her strong, incantatory storyteller's voice and vibrant images.

Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel

This is a joyful book, and a melancholy book, and a "political" book not because it talks about drone warfare, but because it is titled "Traveling Sprinkler."

A Beautiful Truth

A Beautiful Truth manages to parlay long established and widely disseminated scientific and anthropological facts into gripping and thought-provoking fiction.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion ofSafety

For anyone who thinks the end of the Cold War lessened the danger of nuclear conflict, Schlosser says, the opposite is now true.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Gladwell doesn’t exactly follow the sermon he set out to give. If anything, the wider message of the book remains elusive.

The Luminaries

The Luminaries, while an undeniable achievement in many ways, feels a bit too safe and tidy, at least to me. But this is only my truth. Obviously, don’t take it as your own.

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better

Thompson is right: The Internet is making us smarter. Books about it, possibly less so.

The Lowland

With The Lowland, Lahiri gives us a provoking and affecting meditation on family and loss, the idealism of youth and how it can be volatile, manipulated and ultimately crushed.

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Doctor Sleep may lack the raw brutality that made The Shining so intensely, powerfully affecting but it’s still a tremendous return to form after a string of disappointments.

The Waking Dark

Ultimately, I liked The Waking Dark. While it didn’t live up to its great initial premise, there’s enough good stuff here to recommend the book.

The Signature of All Things: A Novel

Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act.

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

The pleasures in “Book of Ages” are real if sometimes mild. Among them is the sound a writer-historian makes when doing an elegant write-around.

The Last First Day: A Novel

One of the great gifts of this book is the simple, meditative quality of its narrative.

The Signature of All Things: A Novel

"The Signature of All Things" is successful on many fronts, if not all. That's all right — the most interesting writers, just like scientists, learn by experimentation.

The Lowland

Lahiri shies from tackling the necessary tangles and messes of a novel. It is that clinical short-story writer's genius, a sort of die-hard cleanliness and thoroughness, that dooms this novel.