Book Reviews

Here is a list of books I have reviewed in alphabetical order by book title (for a list of reviews in alphabetical order by author, click here):

32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert with Veronica Chambers (reviewed July 11, 2016)


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (reviewed November 11, 2013)

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani (reviewed August 25, 2016)

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior (reviewed May 11, 2015)

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu (reviewed April 21, 2014)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (reviewed March 2, 2015)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (reviewed June 2, 2014)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (reviewed January 16, 2014)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (reviewed September 18, 2014)

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin (reviewed September 15, 2014)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (reviewed April 14, 2014)

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow (reviewed March 6, 2014)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (reviewed June 15, 2015)

Armada by Ernest Cline (reviewed September 1, 2015)

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (reviewed February 12, 2015)


Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (reviewed August 20, 2013)

Beartown by Richard Backman (reviewed August 7, 2017)

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (reviewed February 2, 2015)

Bird Box by Josh Malerman (reviewed February 5, 2015)

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee (reviewed July 23, 2013)

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (reviewed August 4, 2014)

Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni (reviewed October 22, 2013)

Bossypants by Tina Fey (reviewed January 12, 2015)

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (reviewed January 29, 2015)

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (reviewed June 9, 2014)

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (reviewed May 31, 2016)


The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (reviewed May 28, 2015)

China Dolls by Lisa See (reviewed June 16, 2014)

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry (reviewed July 22, 2015)

The Circle by Dave Eggers (reviewed December 9, 2013)

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (reviewed February 22, 2016)

City of Thieves by David Benioff (reviewed November 18, 2013)

The Club of Angels by Luis Fernando Verissimo (reviewed January 13, 2014)

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (reviewed August 20, 2015)

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller (reviewed August 25, 2013)

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (reviewed January 5, 2017)

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (reviewed April 3, 2014)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (reviewed July 1, 2013)

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters (reviewed October 16, 2014)


Dare Me by Megan Abbott (reviewed August 14, 2014)

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (reviewed November 13, 2014)

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg (reviewed July 28, 2014)

Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl (reviewed June 12, 2014)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (reviewed December 22, 2014)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (reviewed December 19, 2013)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (reviewed December 5, 2013)

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (reviewed July 31, 2014)


Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld (reviewed June 26, 2016)

The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison (reviewed February 23, 2015)

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan (reviewed November 21, 2013)

Euphoria by Lily King (reviewed September 29, 2014)

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (March 16, 2017)

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford (reviewed March 28, 2016)

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (reviewed July 25, 2016)

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (reviewed May 31, 2016)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (reviewed January 25, 2016)

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (reviewed September 4, 2014)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (reviewed July 17, 2013)

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (reviewed November 15, 2013)

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke by Heart by William Alexander (reviewed August 21, 2014)

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (reviewed November 20, 2014)

French Exit by Patrick deWitt (reviewed November 14, 2018)

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang (reviewed March 3, 2014)

Frog Music  by Emma Donoghue (reviewed May 12, 2014)

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (reviewed June 1, 2015)


Ghost World by Daniel Clowes (reviewed May 29, 2014)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (reviewed June 22, 2015)

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (reviewed November 7, 2013)

The Girls by Emma Cline (reviewed August 25, 2016)

The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe (reviewed October 13, 2014)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (reviewed November 5, 2013)

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (reviewed February 13, 2014)

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (reviewed August 18, 2014)

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (reviewed August 7, 2017)

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar (reviewed September 24, 2015)


The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. (reviewed June 4, 2015)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (reviewed December 16, 2013)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (reviewed January 5, 2017)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (reviewed June 29, 2015)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (reviewed March 16, 2015)

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (reviewed March 13, 2015)

How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz (reviewed June 11, 2015)

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (reviewed February 8, 2016)


I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (reviewed September 25, 2014)

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman (reviewed October 2, 2014)

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer (reviewed November 25, 2013)

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford (reviewed July 19, 2016)

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (reviewed August 20, 2015)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (reviewed January 9, 2014)

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (reviewed July 12, 2013)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (reviewed December 18, 2014)



Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (reviewed September 1, 2015)


Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique (reviewed October 27, 2014)

Landline by Rainbow Rowell (reviewed July 24, 2014)

The Last Days of California by Mary Miller (reviewed May 8, 2014)

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (reviewed May 1, 2014)

Lexicon by Max Barry (reviewed August 15, 2013)

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (reviewed March 24, 2014)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (reviewed July 9, 2013)

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (reviewed March 28, 2016)

Looking for Alaska by John Green (reviewed February 6, 2014)

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano (reviewed June 8, 2015)

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (reviewed August 11, 2013)

Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by Mary Matalin & James Carville (reviewed March 17, 2014)

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (reviewed August 11, 2014)

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick (reviewed September 1, 2015)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (reviewed October 15, 2013)

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (reviewed January 19, 2016)

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (reviewed July 21, 2014)


The Magicians by Lev Grossman (reviewed December 1, 2014)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (reviewed July 9, 2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (reviewed September 24, 2015)

The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack (reviewed July 2, 2015)

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet (reviewed April 9, 2015)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (reviewed August 7, 2017)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (reviewed November 17, 2014)

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (reviewed September 24, 2015)

The Moment of Everything by Shelly King (reviewed September 11, 2014)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (reviewed August 20, 2015)

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (reviewed July 16, 2015)

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (reviewed May 10, 2016)

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (reviewed March 26, 2015)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (reviewed October 24, 2013)


Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (reviewed October 10, 2013)

Neverhome by Laird Hunt (reviewed March 30, 2015)

Night Film by Marisha Pessl (reviewed February 27, 2014)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (reviewed May 10, 2016)

Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta (reviewed September 17, 2013)

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro (reviewed October 17, 2013)

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (reviewed January 5, 2017)


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (reviewed July 15, 2013)

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz (reviewed January 6, 2014)

One Kick by Chelsea Cain (reviewed November 6, 2014)

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (reviewed March 13, 2014)

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (reviewed August 7, 2014)

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman (reviewed September 12, 2013)

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (reviewed January 30, 2014)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (reviewed March 27. 2014)

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (reviewed February 1, 2016)


The Painter by Peter Heller (reviewed July 10, 2014)

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (reviewed May 31, 2016)

Player One: What Is to Become of Us, A Novel in Five Hours by Douglas Coupland (reviewed February 10, 2014)

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (reviewed August 6, 2013)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (reviewed September 8, 2014)


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (reviewed October 23, 2014)


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (reviewed July 20, 2015)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (reviewed August 4, 2013)

The Reminders by Val Emmich (reviewed August 7, 2017)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman (reviewed July 17, 2014)

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (reviewed December 8, 2014)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (reviewed February 3, 2014)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (reviewed August 29, 2013)


The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (reviewed December 12, 2013)

Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch (reviewed April 17, 2014)

Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie (reviewed January 23, 2014)

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (reviewed January 22, 2015)

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs (reviewed May 7, 2015)

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory (reviewed April 17, 2015)

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (reviewed July 14, 2014)

Skios by Michael Frayn (reviewed July 29, 2013)

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (reviewed August 25, 2015)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (reviewed March 5, 2015)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (reviewed March 28, 2016)

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (reviewed September 10, 2013)

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney (reviewed October 20, 2014)

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (reviewed August 22, 2013)

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (reviewed March 19, 2015)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris (reviewed July 3, 2013)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (reviewed January 15, 2015)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (reviewed May 5, 2014)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (reviewed April 10, 2014)

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (reviewed March 9, 2015)

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (reviewed October 6, 2014)

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (reviewed June 19, 2014)

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (reviewed August 7, 2017)

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (reviewed February 20, 2014)

Sweet Tooth  by Ian McEwan (reviewed September 24, 2013)

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (reviewed July 11, 2016)


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (reviewed January 27, 2014)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (reviewed March 20, 2014)

Tenth of December by George Saunders (reviewed January 20, 2014)

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (reviewed December 23, 2013)

Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind, M.D. (reviewed February 29, 2016)

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (reviewed March 31, 2014)

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison (reviewed August 25, 2015)

This One Is Mine by Maria Semple (reviewed April 24, 2014)

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (reviewed August 13, 2013)

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (reviewed January 5, 2017)

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (reviewed June 5, 2014)

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (reviewed August 25, 2015)

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield (reviewed September 3, 2013)

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (reviewed August 12, 2015)


The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (reviewed July 19, 2013)

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (reviewed March 10, 2014)

Us by David Nicholls (reviewed February 9, 2015)


The Vacationers by Emma Straub (reviewed October 30, 2014)


The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang (reviewed March 16, 2017)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (reviewed December 2, 2013)

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (reviewed February 19, 2015)

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler (reviewed January 26, 2015)

We the Animals by Justin Torres (reviewed February 17, 2014)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (reviewed August 28, 2014)

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (reviewed April 3, 2015)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (reviewed May 10, 2016)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (reviewed April 23, 2015)

Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home by Alison Singh Gee (reviewed September 22, 2013)

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (reviewed May 22, 2014)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (reviewed September 5, 2013)

Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis (reviewed August 25, 2014)

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (reviewed November 10, 2014)



The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (reviewed February 24, 2014)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (reviewed December 4, 2014)

You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett (reviewed October 29, 2013)

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris (reviewed May 15, 2014)


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