Book Review Index

Looking for a good read? Here's a comprehensive, never complete list of book reviews I've kept for the last several years, in alphabetical order:


The Actress, by Amy Sohn

After Visiting Friends, by Michael Hainey

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken

All Things Cease to Appear, by Elizabeth Brundage

The Arsonist, by Sue Miller

All Over But the Shoutin', by Rick Bragg

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

The American Way of Eating, by Tracie MacMillan

Amp'd by Ken Pisani

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

The Art of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

Arts and Entertainments, by Christopher Beha

Ask Again, Yes, by Mary Beth Keane

As You Wish, by Cary Elwes

The Ash Family, by Molly Dektar

Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell


Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou

Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

The Bear, by Claire Cameron

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J.Watson

Before She Was Found, by Heather Gudenkauf

Believer, by David Axelrod

The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whithall

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain

The Bitch is Back, by Cathi Hanauer

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe

A Boy Made of Blocks, by Keith Stuart

The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud


Calico Joe, by John Grisham

Calm the F*ck Down, by Sarah Knight

Calypso, by David Sedaris

Carry the One, by Carol Anshaw

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling

Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow

The Chalk Artist, by Allegra Goodman

The Children Act, by Ian McEwan

The Circle, by Dave Eggers

City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg

Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Country of Ice Cream Star, by Sandra Newman

The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith


Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Dante's Poison, by Lynne Raimondo

Dante's Wood, by Lynne Raimondo

The Death Of Bees, by Lisa O'Donnell

Deep Down Dark, by Hector Tobar

The Dinner, by Herman Koch

Don't You Cry, by Mary Kubica

Dreyer's English, by Benjamin Dreyer

Drop Dead Healthy, by A.J. Jacobs

A Dual Inheritance, by Joanna Hershon

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett


Early Warning, by Jane Smiley

East of Mecca, by Sheila Flaherty

Educated by Tara Westover

Elevation, by Stephen King

End of Watch, by Stephen King

Everybody's Fool, by Richard Russo

Everybody Has Everything, by Katrina Onstad

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid


50 Shades of Grey, by E.L.James

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Far From the Tree, by Andrew Solomon

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll

Fear by Bob Woodward

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer

Finders Keepers, by Stephen King

Finding Bliss, by Dina Silver

Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff

The Fifth Risk, by Michael Lewis

Five Days Left, by Julie Lawson Timmer

The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian

Forever, Interrupted, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Friendship, by Emily Gould

Frog Music, by Emma Donaghue

F*ck Feelings by Dr. Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett


A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

The Girls, by Emma Cline

Golden Age, by Jane Smiley

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

The Gratitude Diaries, by Janice Kaplan

The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai

The Guest Room, by Chris Bohjalian


The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne

Help for the Haunted, by John Searles

History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund

How Not to Be a Dick, by Meghan Doherty

How to Be a Good Wife, by Emma Chapman

How to Be a Grown Up, by Emma McLaughlin

How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid

How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, by Sarah Cooper

The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty


I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes

The Idiot, by Elif Batuman

I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

I'm Not Really a Waitress, by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

In One Person, by John Irving

Inferno, by Dan Brown

Innocent, by Scott Turow

Invincible Summer, by Alice Adams

In Some Other World, Maybe, by Shari Goldhagen

In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume

It's Even Worse Than You Think, by David Cay Johnston

The Institute, by Stephen King



Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold


Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart

Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

Leave Me, by Gayle Forman

The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris

Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman

The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian

The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo

The Lightest Object in the Universe, by Kimi Eisele

The Lion is In, by Delia Ephron

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

Little Mercies, by Heather Gudenkauf

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

Live from New York, by Tom Shales

Living with a Seal, by Jesse Itzler

Love Life, by Rob Lowe

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, by Teddy Wayne

Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton

Love, Water, Memory, by Jennie Shortridge

Lucid, by Jay Bonansinga

Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll


Marlena, by Julie Buntin

Masterminds and Wingmen, by Rosalind Wiseman

Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

The Measures Between Us, by Ethan Hauser

The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, by Bruce Cameron

A Million Ways to Die in the West, by Seth McFarlane

Mischling, by Affinity Konar

Missoula, by Jon Krakauer

The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo

Motherland, by Amy Sohn

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Motherprayer, by Barbara Mahany

Mosquitoland, by David Arnold

Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King

Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman


The Nakeds, by Lisa Glatt

The Nest, by Cynthia D. Sweeney

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Nix, by Nathan Hill

Nine Inches, by Tom Perrotta

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Nothing to See Here, by Kevin Wilson

No Time to Blink by Dina Silver

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Not A Sound, by Heather Gudenkauf


The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Ohio by Stephen Markley

Once More to the Rodeo, by Calvin Hennick

One Last Thing Before I Go, by Jonathan Tropper

One Pink Line, by Dina Silver

One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis

The Outsider, by Stephen King


The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain

The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz

Perfect Little World, by Kevin Wilson

A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Primates of Park Avenue, by Wednesday Martin

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss, by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Purity, by Jonathan Franzen



The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida

Rooms, by Lauren Oliver

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles

Run, by Ann Patchett

Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron


S, by JJ Abrams

The Scent of Rain and Lightning, by Nancy Pickard

School Board, by Mike Freedman

A Secret Gift, by Ted Gup

Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nikolas Butler

Show Your Work!, by Austin Kleon

Sick in the Head, by Judd Apatow

Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane

The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian

Slowing Time, by Barbara Mahany

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

Some Luck, by Jane Smiley

South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

Southern Lady Code, by Helen Ellis

Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory

Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiny

Station Eleven, by Emily Mandel

Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers

Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, by David Arnold

Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid

A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein

Summer of '69, by Elin Hilderbrand

The Swallows, by Lisa Lutz


Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Bruni

Thanks, Obama, by David Litt

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977 - 2002), David Sedaris

This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash

This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

The Threat, by Andrew McCabe

A Thousand Pardons, by Jonathan Dee

Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple

The Travelers, by Regina Porter

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty

Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis

To Be Sung Underwater, by Tom McNeal

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Jordan Peterson


The Unbreakables, by Lisa Barr

Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks

Unholy Night, by Seth Grahame-Smith

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

Us, by David Nicholls


VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave, by Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Martha Quinn


We Could be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan

When You Read This, by Mary Adkins

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Whisper If You Need Me, by Dina Silver

The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn



Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin