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Book Review: The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

December 26th, 2015
big book of sherlock

A legendary editor assembles the biggest collection of Sherlock Holmes parodies, pastiches, and homages ever collected in one volume

Book Review: The Day the Renaissance Was Saved

December 17th, 2015
the day the renaissance was saved

According to one historian, the battle commemorated in a lost painting by Leonardo Da Vinci was the little-known birth-moment of the Renaissance

Book Review: Reading The Tale of Genji

December 11th, 2015
reading the tale of genji

The Tale of Genji has been enthralling readers for a thousand years; a grand new book collects some of the varied critical responses it’s sparked over the centuries

Book Review: The Iran-Iraq War

December 2nd, 2015
the iran-iraq war

The brutal 1980s war between Iran and Iraq gets a definitive new history

Book Review: In Winter’s Kitchen

November 26th, 2015
in winter’s kitchen

A family from New Jersey moves to the wilds of Minnesota and learns a whole new way to think about food

Book Review: Battling the Gods

November 19th, 2015
battling the gods

The open, even evangelical atheism of the 21st century might be new, but as a sparkling-good new book demonstrates, atheism itself is as old as belief

Book Review: The English and Their History

November 10th, 2015
the english and their history

A huge – and hugely enjoyable – new book details the long history of the English people

Book Review: London Fog

November 9th, 2015
Book Review: London Fog

For centuries, “pea-soup” fog was synonymous with the city of London; a lively new book tells its story.

Book Review: Great Soul of Siberia

November 8th, 2015
great soul of siberia

A stirring account of one wild family of critically-endangered Siberian tigers

Book Review: City on a Grid

November 6th, 2015
city on a grid

The in-depth story of how it came to be that the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down – the grid system of Manhattan!

Book Review: The Work of the Dead

November 2nd, 2015
the work of the dead

A fascinating new history details the changing job description of the dead-and-buried over the centuries

Book Review: The Annotated Poe

October 27th, 2015

A sumptuously illustrated and annotated new edition of the classic short works of Edgar Allan Poe

Book Review: Magna Carta

October 24th, 2015
magna carta

A slim and intensely good new history of King John and the creation of the Great Charter

Book Review: Keeping An Eye On Art

October 22nd, 2015
keeping an eye on art

Novelist Julian Barnes takes readers on a tour of some of his favorite French artists

Book Review: Part of Our Lives

October 21st, 2015
part of our lives

A wonderful new book details the raucous past – and the complicated, vibrant present – of the public library in the United States

Book Review: Evolution – The Whole Story

October 19th, 2015

A gorgeously-illustrated new book looks at the long and gaudy history of life on Earth

Book Review: After Hitler

October 18th, 2015
after hitler

A forensic and often quite moving new history of the last, desperate days of the Third Reich

Book Review: The German War

October 18th, 2015
the german war

A new book brings to life the experiences of ordinary Germans during the Second World War

Book Review: The Rise of Germany

October 16th, 2015
the rise of germany

An ambitious new work of history charts the rise to victory of Nazi Germany – and deflates a few treasured myths along the way

Book Review: In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe

October 13th, 2015
in the shadow of ea poe

A new anthology looks at the rich, creepy atmosphere that gave rise to the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe – and then was dominated by him as by no other author

Book Review: Xerxes

October 12th, 2015

The great Persian King Xerxes gets a wonderfully sharp and detailed biography for Western readers

Book Review: Winston Churchill Reporting

October 12th, 2015
winston churchill reporting

While a young Winston Churchill was making history during the waning years of the Victorian Empire, he was also reporting on himself making history during the waning years of the Victorian Empire. A new book tells the old story.

Book Review: King John

October 11th, 2015
king john – morris

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a spirited new biography looks at King John

Book Review: The Year of Lear

October 11th, 2015
the year of lear

A new book looks at one tumultuous year in the life of William Shakespeare

Book Review: Hell’s Foundations Quiver

October 10th, 2015
hell’s foundations quiver

In the latest of David Weber’s “Safehold” novels, Industrial-Age technology is coming to a quasi-Renaissance world, ready or not

Book Review: Cleopatra’s Shadows

October 10th, 2015
cleopatra’s shadows

An effective debut novel looks at the story of famous Cleopatra’s much less-famous sisters

Book Review: Napoleon – Soldier of Destiny

October 8th, 2015
napoleon broers

The first volume of Michael Broers’ new Napoleon biography follows its famous subject from obscure Corsican boyhood to the stage of world-wide fame.

Book Review: 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

October 3rd, 2015
100 years

A big new volume commemorates a century of “Best American Short Stories,” which began – as with all worthy things – in Boston a long time ago

Book Review: The Secret Chord

October 3rd, 2015
the secret chord

The author of such brilliant novels as “Year of Wonders” and “March” takes on the Biblical story of King David

Book Review: The Ville Rat

October 2nd, 2015
the ville rat

The odd couple military police sergeants Sueno and Bascom return in Martin Limon’s gripping new mystery set in 1970s Korea

Book Review: The Dogist

October 1st, 2015

Armed with camera and tennis balls, a young photographer takes informal portraits of the dogs he meets. The Instagram sensation “The Dogist” is now a book.

Book Review: Quicksand

September 29th, 2015

A failed writer seizes on a most unlikely inspiration for his great book: the catastrophically unlucky life of his best friend

Book Review: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

September 29th, 2015
islam harris

A polite conversation by two intellectuals about an explosive subject: the rise of militant Islamic groups throughout the world, and the world’s response

Book Review: I Ching

September 27th, 2015
i ching hinton

The ancient Chinese classic of divination gets a brisk new English-language translation

Book Review: Washington

September 27th, 2015

The venerable sub-genre of the Washington, DC history gets a substantial new update

Book Review: Apollo in the Grass

September 25th, 2015
apollo in the grass

A revelatory new volume brings to English-language readers a selection of the verses of St. Petersburg poet Aleksandr Kushner

Book Review: Gallipoli

September 23rd, 2015

The new entry in Oxford University Press’ “Great Battles” series focuses on the long and potent afterlife of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War

Book Review: Those We Left Behind

September 22nd, 2015
those we left behind

In the latest crime novel from Stuart Neville, two young killers are getting paroled – much too soon for the son of their victim

Book Review: Gamelife

September 21st, 2015

Growing up in suburban Illinois, author Michael Clune discovered the world of gaming – and nothing was ever the same again

Book Review: The Murdstone Trilogy

September 17th, 2015
the murdstone trilogy

The author of several well-regarded but unprofitable novels about sensitive misfit boys turns to the industry’s top money-maker: epic fantasy. Disaster promptly ensues.

Book Review: The Conquering Tide

September 14th, 2015
the conquering tide

The fierce, epic height of WWII’s Pacific War is the subject of Ian Toll’s gripping new volume

Book Review: A Little History of the United States

September 13th, 2015
little history of us

The latest volume in Yale University Press’s series of short histories is a quick yet authoritative overview of United States history

Book Review: Bosworth 1485

September 13th, 2015
bosworth dan jones

A taut new history of Richard III and the battle in which he lost everything – and the new Tudor dynasty gained everything

Book Review: Among the Bone Eaters

September 13th, 2015
marcus and willi

In the Ethiopian city of Harar, spotted hyenas roam the streets at night, cleaning up the day’s garbage better than any human crew could do. A fascinating new book tells the story.

Book Review: The Double Life of Liliane

September 12th, 2015
the double life of liliane

National Book Award-winner Lily Tuck’s latest book attempts an experiment at dramatizing her memories of her early years

Book Review: Building Art

September 9th, 2015
building art cover

The world’s most famous architect gets his first full-length biography

Book Review: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

September 9th, 2015
ministry cover

They slit throats; the bombed churches; they were none too mentally stable – and these were the GOOD guys

In Paperback: Walden’s Shore

September 7th, 2015
walden’s short

Now in paperback: a thorough – and thoroughly interesting – study of the actual physical dimensions of the little pond whose name Henry David Thoreau made immortal

Book Review: Ralph Waldo Emerson – The Major Poetry

September 7th, 2015
emerson poetry

A thorough new study of the poetry of the great transcendentalist writer Ralph Waldo Emerson

Book Review: The Storms of War

September 7th, 2015
storms of waruk

In historian Kate Williams’ new novel, a wealthy family in England confronts the realities of the First World War

Book Review: A Clue to the Exit

September 4th, 2015
a clue to the exit

A sarcastic screenwriter learns he has only six months to live in this reprinted novel from Edward St. Aubyn from 2000

Book Review: Mycroft Holmes

August 31st, 2015
mycroft holmes

A debut adventure starring the smarter older brother of Sherlock Holmes

Book Review: The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

February 12th, 2015
cultural lives of whales and dolphins cover

In the vastness of the world’s oceans, some mammals have evolved brains and language … and culture? A fascinating new book looks at the inner lives of whales and dolphins