Reviewed by Sarah MacLean
A chance at true love doesn't come around every day, and getting another shot is about as rare as a unicorn. That's what makes second-chance love stories so alluring. This month, three books in which true love comes after a second take.
Reviewed by Tara Bahrampour
The standard-issue prison memoir has a predictable arc: the protagonist is detained, incarcerated, and then freed to reflect on the ...Read more
Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
Reviewed by David Silverberg
How many times do you check your phone weekly? Or say hello to strangers? How do you spend your time ...Read more
THE OBAMA NATION: Leftist Politics and the Cult of PersonalityJerome R. Corsi
Pocket Star Books
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and CroniesMichelle...Read more
Reviewed by Michael Lindgren
William Giraldi's memoir, "The Hero's Body," offers a brilliant anthropological excursion into a world few of us will ever ...Read more
Reviewed by Amy Ellis Nutt
Before iPhones and thumb drives, before Google docs and gigabytes of RAM, memory was more art than artifact. It wasn't a tool or a ...Read more
Andrew Scott Cooper
Reviewed by Nazila Fathi
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, known as the shah, has always been portrayed as both ruthless and craven - the last emperor of Iran who fled ...Read more
Reviewed by Anne Midgette
What if a lost Bach cantata were found that had a text so anti-Semitic that it was not appropriate for performance?
This is a great...Read more
TAKEOUT: a powerful thrillerDick Holt
Three brilliant young privateers combine wealth, technology, and social media to create Fear, a powerful weapon for fighting terror. Clever terrorists generate fear by stealing wealth and tech, hacking computers and heads, and leveraging social media to magnify the ...
Alice Arlen and Michael J. Arlen
Reviewed by Maura Casey
Alicia Patterson is arguably among the least-known of the handful of female newspaper publishers and editors during the ...Read more
Reviewed by Joe Studwell
After 18 years at The Washington Post, Frank Ahrens crossed the Rubicon and became a public relations executive for Hyundai Motor ...Read more
Reviewed by Emily Yahr, who writes about pop culture for The Washington Post.
Amy Schumer may be an Emmy winning star who sells out arenas on her stand-up tour, but she ...Read more
Reviewed by Jon Michaud, who is a writer in New York.
The Celtic Tiger, Ireland's turn-of-the century decade of rapid economic growth and prosperity, may have come...Read more
Reviewed by Wendy Smith, who is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Book groups have been a popular plot device in commercial ...Read more
Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books on Thursdays in The Washington Post Style section.
Back in my bright college days, I took a course in 17th-...Read more
Yiftach Reicher Atir. Translated by Philip Simpson.
Reviewed by Richard Lipez, who writes the Don Strachey PI novels under the name Richard Stevenson.
"The English Teacher" is the ...Read more
If you're on the fence about AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead," the mid-season premiere Aug. 21 didn't give you a lot to work with. But maybe it was just enough.
"Grotesque" was the first episode since May 22, when the central characters from the West Coast version of "The Walking Dead" splintered into three parts. The main group consists of Maddie...Read more
"Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J.D. Vance; HarperCollins (272 pages, $27.99)
There are two very good reasons this year -- or anytime -- for Americans to increase their understanding on an urgent basis of so-called hillbillies, the mostly white people of Scots-Irish stock who are found in the mountainous east-...Read more
"The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race" by Jesmyn Ward; Scribner (240 pages, $25)
The murder last year of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., epitomizes the subject of "The Fire This Time." These African-American churchgoers, including an 87-year-old woman, were murdered by a white racist simply because ...Read more
"Platinum Doll" by Anne Girard; MIRA Books (352 pages, $15.99)
"Madame Picasso" author Anne Girard takes on another bewitching figure from the past in "Platinum Doll," a charming fictionalized account of how Jean Harlow became a movie star.
Stunning blonde Harlean Carpenter McGrew, only 17, moves to California in 1928 with her handsome young ...Read more
"Break in Case of Emergency" by Jessica Winter; Knopf (288 pages, $25.95)
Jessica Winter's debut novel, "Break in Case of Emergency," is an interesting study of the 1 percent and those striving to join their ranks.
A senior features editor at Slate and former culture editor at Time, Winter shines a harsh light on the world of beautiful people ...Read more