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Book Author Rating

36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein four-stars

A Friend of the Family

Lauren Grodstein four-stars

A Good Fall: Stories

Ha Jin three-and-half-stars

Becoming Jane Eyre

Sheila Kohler three-and-half-stars


Belinda Bauer four-stars

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

Zadie Smith three-and-half-stars

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

Julie Powell two-stars

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage

Elizabeth Gilbert three-stars

Family Album

Penelope Lively three-and-half-stars


Jeff Vandermeer four-stars

Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

William Langewiesche three-and-half-stars

Galileo's Dream

Kim Stanley Robinson three-and-half-stars

Googled: The End of the World As We Know It

Ken Auletta three-and-half-stars

Happy: A Memoir

Alex Lemon four-stars

Hollywood Moon

Joseph Wambaugh three-and-half-stars

Memoir: A History

Ben Yagoda three-and-half-stars

Noah's Compass

Anne Tyler three-stars

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Barbara Demick four-stars

Pirate Latitudes: A Novel

Michael Crichton three-stars

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Terry Teachout four-stars

Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life

Carol Sklenicka four-stars

Remarkable Creatures

Tracy Chevalier three-and-half-stars

Shades of Grey: A Novel

Jasper Fforde three-and-half-stars

Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

Peter Biskind three-stars

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Greg Mortenson four-stars


J.M. Coetzee two-and-half-stars

Talking About Detective Fiction

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

The Art Student's War

Brad Leithauser three-stars

The Autobiography of Fidel Castro

Norberto Fuentes four-stars

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande three-and-half-stars

The Devil's Alphabet

Daryl Gregory three-and-half-stars

The Farmer's Daughter

Jim Harrison three-stars

The First Rule: A Joe Pike Novel

Robert Crais four-stars

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that Gave America Its Name

Toby Lester four-stars

The Godfather of Kathmandu

John Burdett three-and-half-stars

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

Alison Weir three-and-half-stars

The Privileges

Jonathan Dee three-and-half-stars

The Swan Thieves: A Novel

Elizabeth Kostova two-and-half-stars

The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

Joan Schenkar three-stars

The Unnamed

Joshua Ferris two-and-half-stars

Too Much Happiness: Stories

Alice Munro four-and-half-stars

Too Much Money: A Novel

Dominick Dunne three-stars

True Confections

Katharine Weber four-stars

Unfinished Desires

Gail Godwin three-stars

Where the God of Love Hangs Out: Fiction

Amy Bloom four-stars

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

John Milton Cooper Jr. four-stars

Yours Ever: People and Their Letters

Thomas Mallon four-stars