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Book Author Rating

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Michael Holroyd four-stars

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

John Julius Norwich three-and-half-stars

Birds of Paradise: A Novel

Diana Abu-Jaber four-stars

Blood Red Road

Moira Young three-and-half-stars

Blueprints for Building Better Girls: Fiction

Elissa Schappell four-stars

Busy Monsters: A Novel

William Giraldi three-and-half-stars

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Alexandra Fuller three-stars

Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos four-stars

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Sylvia Nasar three-and-half-stars

India: A Portrait

Patrick French three-and-half-stars

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Janet Reitman four-stars

Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

Patricia Bosworth four-stars

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Simon Garfield four-stars

Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller

Tracy Daugherty three-and-half-stars

Ladies and Gentlemen

Adam Ross three-and-half-stars


Alex Shakar four-stars

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline four-stars

Reamde: A Novel

Neal Stephenson four-stars

Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

Cameron McWhirter four-stars

Rules of Civility: A Novel

Amor Towles three-and-half-stars

SKYJACK: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

Geoffrey Gray three-and-half-stars

Small Town Sinners

Melissa Walker three-and-half-stars

The Art of Fielding: A Novel

Chad Harbach four-stars

The Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka four-stars

The Cut

George Pelecanos three-and-half-stars

The Devil All the Time

Donald Ray Pollock three-and-half-stars

The Family Fang: A Novel

Kevin Wilson four-stars

The Fragrance of Grass

Guy de la Valdène four-stars

The Hypnotist: A Novel

Lars Kepler three-and-half-stars

The Killer Is Dying: A Novel

James Sallis three-and-half-stars

The Last Werewolf

Glen Duncan three-and-half-stars

The Leftovers

Tom Perrotta three-stars

The Magician King: A Novel

Lev Grossman three-and-half-stars

The Map of Time

Félix J. Palma four-stars

The Most Dangerous Thing

Laura Lippman three-and-half-stars

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern three-and-half-stars

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Daniel Yergin three-and-half-stars

The Submission: A Novel

Amy Waldman four-stars

Train Dreams: A Novella

Denis Johnson four-stars

We Others: New and Selected Stories

Steven Millhauser four-stars

We the Animals: A novel

Justin Torres four-stars

Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants

Richard Mabey three-and-half-stars

Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

Julie Salamon three-and-half-stars

What It Is Like to Go to War

Karl Marlantes four-stars


Brian Selznick four-and-half-stars

You Against Me

Jenny Downham four-stars