STOP AND FRISK: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic

Michael D. White and Henry E. Fradella
New York University
ISBN 978-1479835881
256 pages

Reviewed by David Cole

Way back in their first debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually had a substantive disagreement ...Read more

UNMENTIONABLE: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

Therese Oneill
Little, Brown
ISBN 978-0316357913
307 pages

Reviewed by Caitlin Flanagan

Oh, did Constant Reader heave a big sigh when she saw the title of this new book: "Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex...Read more

LOSING ISN'T EVERYTHING: The Untold Stories and Hidden Lessons Behind the Toughest Losses in Sports History

Curt Menefee with Michael Arkush
Dey St
ISBN 978-0062440075
255 pages

Reviewed by Steven V. Roberts

As the Chicago Cubs celebrated their first World Series win in 108 years, two Cleveland Indians players, Bryan Shaw ...Read more


Caroline Leavitt
ISBN 978-1616203634
352 pages

Reviewed by Carol Memmott

The war in Vietnam, the Charles Manson murder trial and other touchstones of that era provide the backdrop for "Cruel Beautiful World...Read more

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary

Joe Jackson
Farrar, Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374253301
599 pages

Reviewed by David Treuer

Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux (Lakota) spiritual leader, was born in 1863 in the Powder River country and died in 1950 at Pine Ridge ...Read more


Alice Hoffman
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1476799209
272 pages

Reviewed by Carole Burns

Alice Hoffman's new novel, "Faithful," traces the life of young Shelby and her struggles to overcome her involvement in a car ...Read more

DECIDING WHAT'S TRUE: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism

Lucas Graves
ISBN 978-0231175074
324 pages
$30, paperback

Reviewed by Heidi Moore

Let's get one thing out of the way: Yes, Donald Trump makes a cameo appearance in Lucas Graves' new book on the importance of fact-...Read more

THE LYRICS: 1961-2012

Bob Dylan
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1451648768
679 pages

Reviewed by Geoff Edgers

Bob Dylan has never been one to spend too much time - or any time - explaining his music.

"I'll let other people decide what they...Read more

THE EARTH IS WEEPING: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

Peter Cozzens
ISBN 978-0307958044
544 pages

Reviewed by Priyanka Kumar

It's a marvel to witness when history smolders its way into the present and sparks a conversation: Native Americans from some 280 tribes ...Read more


Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart and Piper Huguley
ISBN 978-1941885345
360 pages

Reviewed by Sarah MacLean

Although romance novels may be best known for fantasy and extravagance, they can also ...Read more

SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

David J. Skal
ISBN 978-1631490101
652 pages

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books on Thursdays in The Washington Post Style. His email address is

Always pay attention to subtitles. "...Read more


John Grisham
ISBN 978-0385541190
374 pages

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

John Grisham is one of this country's best-selling novelists -...Read more


Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385530866
300 pages

Reviewed by Scott Graber, who is a lawyer in Beaufort, S.C.

On March 3, 2016, I found myself standing next to my longtime friend Pat Conroy, who was lying...Read more


Robert Olen Butler
ISBN 978-0802125750
273 pages

Reviewed by Benjamin Busch, who is the author of "Dust to Dust."

It's been 45 years since Robert Olen Butler returned from Vietnam as an Army translator ...Read more


T.C. Boyle
ISBN 978-0062349408
528 pages

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post Book World. You can follow him @RonCharles. His email address is

Twenty-five ...Read more



Aaron Becker's gorgeous wordless fantasy stories demand a lot, but in a good way. They require some sophistication in understanding plotting and pacing and in recognizing characters and their relationship to each other. Still, the absence of text nicely slows...Read more

THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

Tim Wu
ISBN 978-0385352017
403 pages

Reviewed by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Are we hurtling toward a point of peak advertising? Our attention is becoming so completely harvested that there may be little more of ...Read more


Emily Witt
Farrar Straus & Giroux
ISBN 978-0865478794
210 pages

Reviewed by Jessica Cutler

Let us look into the future, all the way to the year 2012. That's the year author Emily Witt moved to San Francisco and about ...Read more


WHAT IS POPULISM?Jan-Werner Muller
University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN 978-0812248982
123 pages

THE POPULIST EXPLOSION: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European PoliticsJohn B. Judis
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THE AFRICAN SVELTE: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

Daniel Menaker. Illustrated by Roz Chast
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 978-0544800632
225 pages

Reviewed by Allan Fallow

Do some language errors outshine their correct forms? That's the view New Yorker and Random House...Read more

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