DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

Elijah Wald
Dey Street Books
ISBN 978-0062366689
354 pages

Reviewed by David Kirby

Ever heard a band so loud that it snapped your head back and made you wonder if your ears were bleeding? Then you know how the ...Read more

NAGASAKI: Life After Nuclear War

Susan Southard
ISBN 978-0670025626
389 pages

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Just before a five-ton plutonium bomb detonated one-third of a mile above the city, unleashing a fireball exceeding 540,000 degrees and ...Read more


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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

A witty new 'Doctor Who' to please longtime fans and make new ones

Doctor Who is back. In "Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse" (Broadway; paperback $9.99), an ...Read more

THE REBEL OF RANGOON: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma

Delphine Schrank
ISBN 978-1568584980
312 pages

Reviewed by Wendy Law-Yone

The jury is still out on whether the government of Burma, aka Myanmar, is indeed in transition from military dictatorship to democracy,...Read more

THE DORITO EFFECT: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

Mark Schatzker
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1476724210
259 pages

Reviewed by James Hill

What's cooking? This was not a terribly difficult question for our grandparents or great-grandparents to answer. Yet somewhere along the ...Read more

WE COULD NOT FAIL: The First African Americans in the Space Program

Richard Paul and Steven Moss
Univ. of Texas
ISBN 978-0292772496
300 pages

Reviewed by Julianne Malveaux

On April 12, 1961, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space. The timing was significant...Read more


Anna North
Blue Rider
ISBN 978-0399173394
270 pages

Reviewed by Nicole Lee

Not long after the film "Blue is the Warmest Color" won the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013, the leading actresses came forward with...Read more

FASTEST THINGS ON WINGS: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Terry Masear
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 978-0544416031
306 pages

Reviewed by Brenna Maloney

You don't have to be a bird person in general or a hummingbird person specifically to read this book. You don't need to ...Read more

GIRL IN GLASS: How My 'Distressed Baby' Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles

Deanna Fei
ISBN 978-1620409916
314 pages

Reviewed by Nora Krug

You may not immediately recognize the name Deanna Fei, but you'll probably remember the offensive moniker attached to her now 2-year-old daughter...Read more

THE ART OF THE CON: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World

Anthony M. Amore
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-1137279873
264 pages

Reviewed by Wendy Smith

Anthony M. Amore's savvy and informative book conveys a number of cautions about buying art that seem exceedingly self-evident. ...Read more

Captain Comics: Meet the new Archie (and still love the old Archie)

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There's a new Archie in town, but in all the ways that matter he's still the guy you've always known.

On July 8, Archie Comics launched a new "Archie" #1, replacing the previous "Archie" title that had run continually since 1943. (The previous title ended on issue #666, which is worth a chuckle.) That's a pretty big deal, and Archie celebrated ...Read more


Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374146740
326 pages

Reviewed by Marcela Valdes, an award-winning journalist who writes about Latin American culture and arts.

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Vicki Pettersson
ISBN 978-1476798578
338 pages

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

Why do we spend good money to read horror ...Read more


CROW FAIRThomas McGuane
ISBN 978-0385350198
288 pages

ISBN 978-0316334372
272 pages

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Carolina De Robertis
ISBN 978-1101874493
367 pages

Reviewed by Marie Arana, who is a former editor of The Washington Post's Book World; her books include the novel "Lima Nights" and the biography "Bolivar: American ...Read more


Yukito Ayatsuji
Locked Room International
ISBN 978-1508503736
228 pages

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books for The Washington Post on Thursdays

Yukito Ayatsuji's "The Decagon House Murders" is a terrific ...Read more

Review: 'The Jezebel Remedy' by Martin Clark

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"The Jezebel Remedy" by Martin Clark; Knopf (382 pages, $27.95)

Martin Clark's latest novel is a legal thriller, but it's far richer than the usual sort of book you think of when you see that description. There's an intriguing mystery at the heart of "The Jezebel Remedy," as well as shady shenanigans, corporate conspiracy, thinly veiled and not...Read more

In 'Speak,' distinct voices from distinct eras ponder human connection

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"Speak: A Novel" by Louisa Hall; Ecco (336 pages, $27.99)

In the middle of her second novel, "Speak," Louisa Hall quotes T.S. Eliot from "Four Quartets": "Time present and time past are both present in time future, and time future contained in time past." It's a telling choice, for time -- present, past and future -- is a key element of this ...Read more

'Go Set a Watchman' isn't horrible, isn't good

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"Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee; HarperCollins (288 pages, $27.99)

In case you've been squirreled under a rock that shelters you from turbulent events in the literary world, last week, HarperCollins released a "rediscovered" book by Harper Lee, author of the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

Back in February,...Read more

In 'A Full Life,' Jimmy Carter at 90 remains a wise truth teller

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"A Full Life: Reflections at 90" by Jimmy Carter; Simon & Schuster (272 pages, $28)

Jimmy Carter let me down. Not with his book "A Full Life: Reflections at 90" -- a warm and detailed memoir of his youth followed by a clear-eyed assessment of the issues he tackled as president and afterward -- but with his response to the question "Does the arc...Read more