Claire Vaye Watkins
Reviewed by Ron Charles
Feeling parched yet? Just wait. Earlier this year, NASA reported that more than half the world's largest aquifers are running down. ...Read more
Reviewed by Jessica Stern
Much of the world awakened to the threat of the Islamic State in August 2014, after the organization began beheading foreign hostages on ...Read more
Reviewed by Carlos Lozada
You're at the dinner table, or in a meeting, or at a baseball game, or in the classroom, or in your bedroom, or at a bar or, yes, in the ...Read more
Houghton Mifflin Harcout
Reviewed by Jack Hitt
In Paul Theroux's new book,"Deep South," the superficial stereotypes pile up at once. In the first scene, it's a "hot Sunday ...Read more
Reviewed by Bruce Holsinger
Girolamo Savonarola, the great Dominican preacher of the 15th century and the scourge of the early modern papacy, has endured a mixed ...Read more
MY KITCHEN YEAR: 136 Recipes That Saved My LifeRuth Reichl
HOW TO COOK A MOOSE: A Culinary MemoirKate Christensen
ISBN 978-...Read more
Rizzoli Ex Libris
Reviewed by James Norton
There are certain brands that transcend mere product-hood. Through their intrinsic qualities and skillful marketing, they command...Read more
Columbia Global Reports
Reviewed by Simon Johnson
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac haunt our financial system and threaten our economy. Or do they?
Bethany McLean has ...Read more
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
Reviewed by Eric Wills
Last October, when a journalist at a news conference in Spain asked Frank Gehry whether his buildings were more about spectacle than function, ...Read more
Reviewed by Mario Del Pero
Niall Ferguson wants us to reject the stereotyped image of Henry Kissinger as a cynical, amoral realist. He'd like us to believe ...Read more
Happy birthday, S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Fifty years ago, Marvel's Stan Lee and Jack Kirby rode the wave of James Bond mania by taking an old World War II character, wrapping an espionage agency around him, and coming up with their own super-spy, "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." The acronym stood for Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law ...Read more
Reviewed by Howard Frank Mosher, whose new novel, "God's Kingdom," will be published in October.
When I turned 4, my father and my uncle, both teachers, began taking me ...Read more
Edited by Ann Goldstein. Translated from the Italian by Stuart Woolf, Ann Goldstein and others.
Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who is a regular book reviewer for The Washington Post ...Read more
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson, who frequently reviews mysteries and thrillers for The Washington Post's Book World.
After I summarized the plot of Saul Black's "...Read more
Reviewed by Jon Michaud, who is a novelist and the head librarian at the Center for Fiction.
Regular readers of the work of John Banville could be forgiven for ...Read more
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
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 ron....Read more
"Choosing Courage Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero" by Peter Collier; Artisan (226 pages, $18.95)
Open to any page of "Choosing Courage" and prepare to be awed at the ability of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. These tales of heroism take the reader from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan and to U.S. shores, where ...Read more
"The Heart Goes Last: A Novel" by Margaret Atwood; Nan A. Talese (320 pages, $26.95)
In the gritty initial chapters of Margaret Atwood's "The Heart Goes Last," an epic "financial-crash business-wrecking meltdown" has triggered an equally devastating implosion of civil society.
Homelessness is endemic. Marauding bands rape, rob and kill. ...Read more
"After You" by Jojo Moyes; Pamela Dorman Books/Viking (352 pages, $26.95)
The agile Jojo Moyes can make you laugh or make you cry, and in her novel "Me Before You," she hit both ends of the emotional spectrum (don't lie -- you know you wept, possibly in loud, gushing sobs the way I did).
The same can be said of "After You," the sequel Moyes ...Read more
"Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest" by Lesley Poling-Kempes; University of Arizona Press (384 pages, 24.95 paper)
In May 1903, Natalie Curtis stepped into the Arizona heat for the first time. She was accompanied by her brother George, who'd been working in the region as a ranch...Read more