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  • Life Stages Novels, vol. 4: Marriage
  • Norman Mailer, Book by Book
  • Stewart O'Nan, Book by Book
  • Best of the Best Books of 2011
  • Reader Picks, Book Group, more
  • Comprehensive New Books Guide: Almost 50 New Books Reviewed!

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Book Author Rating

1222: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel

Anne Holt four-stars

American Dervish: A Novel

Ayad Akhtar three-and-half-stars


Sara Paretsky three-and-half-stars

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie four-stars

Charles Dickens: A Life

Claire Tomalin three-and-half-stars

China in Ten Words

Yu Hua four-stars


Marissa Meyer three-and-half-stars

Civilization: The West and the Rest

Niall Ferguson three-stars

Death Comes to Pemberley

P.D. James four-stars

Distrust That Particular Flavor

William Gibson three-and-half-stars

Ghost Lights: A Novel

Lydia Millet four-stars

Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Richard Rhodes three-and-half-stars

How It All Began: A Novel

Penelope Lively four-stars

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything

David Bellos four-stars

Jerusalem: The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore three-and-half-stars


Marie Lu


mal peet four-stars

Love and Shame and Love: A Novel

Peter Orner four-stars

Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life

Ann Beattie two-stars


Ian McDonald four-stars

Queen of America: A Novel

Luis Alberto Urrea three-and-half-stars

Rule 34

Charles Stross three-and-half-stars

Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Jesmyn Ward four-stars


Rob Ziegler four-stars

Smut: Stories

Alan Bennett four-stars

So Much Pretty: A Novel

Cara Hoffman four-stars

Soft Apocalypse

Will McIntosh four-stars

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

Don DeLillo three-and-half-stars

The Artist of Disappearance

Anita Desai three-and-half-stars

The Cold Commands

Richard K. Morgan four-stars

The Drop

Michael Connelly four-stars

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

Jonathan Lethem four-stars

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green four-stars

The Man Within My Head

Pico Iyer four-stars

The Obamas

Jodi Kantor three-and-half-stars

The Odds: A Love Story

Stewart O'Nan four-stars

The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

Adam Johnson four-stars

The Prague Cemetery

Umberto Eco three-and-half-stars

The Retribution

Val McDermid three-stars

Then Again

Diane Keaton four-stars

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman four-stars

Tolstoy: A Russian Life

Rosamund Bartlett three-and-half-stars

Treasure Island!!!

Sara Levine three-and-half-stars

Van Gogh: The Life

Steven Naifeh four-stars

When She Woke

Hillary Jordan two-and-half-stars

Why We Broke Up

Daniel Handler four-stars