Reviewed by Matt Schudel
No figure in American music led a more interesting, troubled and tragic life than Billie Holiday. She was the tortured soul of jazz, whose ...Read more
Reviewed by Nancy Hightower
Naomi Novik's "Uprooted" (Del Rey, $25) is an enchanting twist on a tale from Polish folklore: A century-old wizard called the Dragon comes to a village to choose a ...Read more
George J Mitchell
Simon & Schuster
Reviewed by James Mann
Is it possible that a famous person can be just too decent, too dignified, too prudent and circumspect to write an interesting ...Read more
Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox
Reviewed by Carlos Lozada
Consider the political memories seared into the minds of America's 25-year-olds. As children, they heard ...Read more
Reviewed by David Treuer
Surely everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears - an ordeal imposed upon thousands of Cherokees, who, after ...Read more
Reviewed by Andrew Martin
If you mention Wallace Stegner or Edward Abbey to a reader in the Western United States - Utah, say, or Montana - you're likely to hear a ...Read more
Kenneth W. Ford
Reviewed by Richard Rhodes
In 1945, after the German defeat, the American armies in Europe dropped everything and shipped home. Several emillion Soviet ...Read more
Edited by Lucinda Ebersole
Reviewed by Michael Lindgren
"His skin was pale, his hair was dark and all over the place, and he was wearing Doc Martens. He was just the ...Read more
Fallen Angel: A Spiritual RomanceK. C. Berg
Beth loves Sam so much that it hurts, but he is a prisoner to his past. Listening to her broken heart, Beth packs up her belongings and flees Eagle River in the middle of the night, hoping to leave all of the pain and the heartache behind. Five years later, a mysterious stranger—and a ...
Reviewed by Eugenia Zukerman
"The Silver Swan," Elena Delbanco's first novel, is an enthralling tale about music and the passions it inspires. At the opening, a ...Read more
Reviewed by Ron Charles
Long the helpless captive of politicians, generals and financiers, the English language has endured such enhanced interrogation that it's likely to say anything at all ...Read more
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
Reviewed by EJ Graff
Many middle-class parents today look back on our free-range childhoods with amazement. Did ...Read more
Akhil Reed Amar
Reviewed by Stephen Wermiel
In the era of blue states and red states, it is a challenge to develop new theories about the governance of our country. In "The Law of ...Read more
Let us now praise Black Widow.
I submit that the sultry super-spy, played by Scarlett Johannson in Marvel movies, deserves her own film. Four of the six founding Avengers in the movies -- Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor -- have had multiple solo films. Dr. Strange, Black Panther and even Ant-Man are scheduled to have their own Marvel ...Read more
Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. You can follow him on Twitter @RonCharles. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books for The Washington Post on Thursdays.
Never before available in the United States, "GBH," set in mid-1970s Britain and ...Read more
Reviewed by Joanna Scutts, who is a freelance writer and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Like many bookish children, Heidi Julavits kept a ...Read more
Reviewed by Bill Sheehan, who is the author of "At the Foot of the Story Tree: An Inquiry into the Fiction of Peter Straub."
In 2014, Greg Iles returned to ...Read more
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, who is the book critic for the NPR program "Fresh Air," teaches literature at Georgetown University.
At the end of her magnificent ...Read more
"A Hand Reached down to Guide Me: Stories and a Novella" by David Gates; Alfred A. Knopf (314 pages, $25.95)
I'll be honest: I wasn't sure we'd see another book of fiction by David Gates. It's been 16 years since his last, the collection "The Wonders of the Invisible World," and even longer since his two novels, "Jernigan," a Pulitzer Prize ...Read more
"Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor" by James M. Scott; W.W. Norton (648 pages, $35)
After Pearl Harbor and before D-Day and the Bomb, there was the Doolittle raid on Tokyo.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to rally the American public for what he knew would be a long war, had ordered a swift ...Read more