Alan Moore
ISBN 978-1631492433
1,266 pages

Reviewed by Andrew Ervin, who is the author of the novel "Burning Down George Orwell's House." His nonfiction book "Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World" will be...Read more


Ian McEwan
Nan A. Talese
ISBN 978-0385542074
197 pages

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post Book World. Follow him on Twitter @RonCharles.

"Nutshell," Ian McEwan's preposterously weird ...Read more


Alex Marwood
ISBN 978-0143110514
390 pages

Reviewed by Patrick Anderson, who regularly reviews mysteries and thrillers for The Washington Post.

Perhaps the most heartfelt praise I can give the English novelist ...Read more

CLOSED CASKET: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Sophie Hannah
ISBN 978-0062458827
302 pages

Reviewed by Brigitte Weeks, who is a former editor of The Washington Post Book World.

It's not easy to replicate the skill or success of the late Agatha Christie. ...Read more


Robert Gottlieb
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374279929
327 pages

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books on Thursdays in The Washington Post Style. He can be reached at

On my desk, next to a P.G...Read more

Captain Comics: 'Sweet Christmas,' it's 13-episodes of 'Luke Cage'

Books / Comic Books /

If you watched "Jessica Jones" on Netflix, then you're familiar with Luke Cage, whose own series drops Sept. 30. But if you look at the character's old appearances in Marvel Comics, you'll be in for a few surprises.

Cage on TV, played by Mike Colter, first appeared as a bartender, but turned out to be both a great guy and a superhero -- albeit ...Read more

Ron Rash's new novel 'The Risen': Remarkable

Books / Books News /

"The Risen: A Novel" by Ron Rash; Ecco (272 pages, $25.99)

In present-day Sylva, a headline blares: "Remains Identified as Jane Mosely," with a photograph of a young woman who, in the summer of 1969, had initiated 16-year-old Eugene Matney into the rites of sex, booze and drugs.

Eugene and his dutiful older brother Bill knew the red-haired, ...Read more


Nisi Shawl
ISBN 978-0765338051
384 pages

Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand

Nisi Shawl's debut novel is a beautifully written and thrillingly ambitious alternate history. It chronicles the first quarter-century of ...Read more

THE 15:17 TO PARIS: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern
ISBN 978-1610397339
245 pages

Reviewed by Danielle Paquette

Before they thwarted a gunman on a Paris-bound train, collected France's ...Read more



Reviewed by Elizabeth Lund

"Odes," by Sharon Olds (Knopf), demonstrates the candor and clarity that have defined her work over the past four decades and allowed her to help other poets find their voices, as the Academy of American Poets noted last week ...Read more

A KINGDOM OF THEIR OWN: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster

Joshua Partlow
ISBN 978-0307962645
422 pages

Reviewed by Peter Bergen

When Hamid Karzai took power in Afghanistan soon after 9/11, aided by U.S. diplomats and Special Forces, he was celebrated in the West as a new...Read more

HERO OF THE EMPIRE: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill

Candice Millard
ISBN 978-0385535731
400 pages

Reviewed by Lynne Olson

In her first two books, "The River of Doubt" and "Destiny of the Republic," Candice Millard won widespread acclaim for providing fresh, ...Read more

THE SHIPWRECKED MIND: On Political Reaction

THE SHIPWRECKED MIND: On Political ReactionMark Lilla
New York Review Books
ISBN 978-1590179024
145 pages

The RECKLESS MIND: Intellectuals in Politics (with a new afterword)Mark Lilla
New York ...Read more

HIS FINAL BATTLE: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

Joseph Lelyveld
ISBN 978-0385350792
399 pages

Reviewed by Douglas Brinkley

Just a few months before Pearl Harbor, when isolationist zealotry was high in the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received ...Read more

BEAKS, BONES, & BIRD SONGS: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behaviors

BEAKS, BONES, & BIRD SONGS: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their BehaviorsRoger Lederer
ISBN 978-1604696486
282 pages

The GENIUS OF BIRDSJennifer Ackerman
...Read more

THEY CALL ME SUPERMENSCH: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock'n'Roll

Shep Gordon
Anthony Bourdain/Ecco
ISBN 978-0062355959
305 pages

Reviewed by Kevin Canfield

If there's one thing we can learn from "They Call Me Supermensch," it's that Hollywood managers have the best odd-couple ...Read more

STRONGER TOGETHER: A Blueprint for America's Future

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine
Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
ISBN 978-1501161735
249 pages

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

By the time I finished this book, I resented its existence.

"Stronger Together," ostensibly ...Read more

WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Liberty Street
ISBN 978-1618931719
242 pages

Reviewed by Marita Golden

This has been an extraordinary year for assessing the cultural impact of African-American sports figures...Read more

Chiaverini's 'Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth' depicts evolution of a monster

Books / Books News /

"Fates and Traitors" by Jennifer Chiaverini; Dutton (400 pages, $27)

After a man commits a horrible act of political violence, the women who knew him struggle to accept and understand his action -- and examine their consciences.

The shape of John Wilkes Booth's story, unfortunately, is a familiar one in our time. As is the response of his ...Read more

Chicago blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers wit, wisdom in new book 'I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.'

Books / Books News /

"I'm Judging You" by Luvvie Ajayi; Henry Holt (256 pages, $17)

The wit of culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi ( has earned her quite the following.

She has been called upon by the likes of McDonald's, Comcast and wine brand Rosa Regale to take over their social media accounts, live Tweet events and blog about "Scandal" and "Being ...Read more


Social Connections


Loose Parts Chuckle Bros Long Story Short Momma Chris Britt Herb and Jamaal