Archives: Book Reviews

World of Wonders

The full title of Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s volume of short essays is World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments. The title drew me to the book [...]
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Mycroft Holmes

I admit that I picked up Mycroft Holmes out of sheer curiosity to see what kind of mystery novel basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had written. I was more than a [...]
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The Wonder

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (and the excellent Netflix adaptation of the novel) attempts to unravel a phenomenon based on nearly fifty cases of so-called “Fasting Girls” in the historical [...]
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The Ink-Black Heart

I need to state up front that this is a book review of The Ink-Black Heart by J.K. Rowling (aka “Robert Galbraith”) and not a commentary on the book’s author. [...]
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The novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is a luminous and beautiful novel, for so many reasons. I am afraid that I am not going to be able to adequately express [...]
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Promised Land

The first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs is over 700 pages long, or if you prefer, over 30 hours on audiobook. This memoir is no small time commitment. Much [...]
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My Life in France

I have read several food-related books and memoirs that I have enjoyed, each for very different reasons. But none of them resonated with me personally as much as My Life [...]
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Murder Your Employer

Murder Your Employer is easily the best book I’ve read so far in 2024, and even before I had finished the first half, I had decided it was one of [...]
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