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ENOUGH SAID: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?

Mark Thompson
St. Martin’s
ISBN 978-1250059574
342 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Jeff Shesol

In 1998, when I took a job as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. told me that ...Read more

BORN TO RUN

Bruce Springsteen
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1501141515
508 pages
$32.50

Reviewed by Joe Heim

Why, one might ask, would Bruce Springsteen need to write an autobiography? Haven't we been listening to it for the past half-...Read more

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

ISBN NA

Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

In "Summerlong" (Tachyon), Peter S. Beagle, the beloved author of "The Last Unicorn," explores how ordinary relationships in a small town are altered by the appearance of a living myth. Lioness Lazos is a young waitress who ...Read more

THE CURSE OF CASH

Kenneth S. Rogoff
Princeton
ISBN 978-0691172132
283 pages
$29.95

Reviewed by Bethany McLean

There are some things that are so woven into the fabric of our existence that we never pause to think about them. Cash is one of ...Read more

ELEANOR AND HICK: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady

Susan Quinn
Penguin Press
ISBN 978-1594205408
404 pages
$30

Reviewed by Stacy Schiff

"The dame has enormous dignity, she's a person," star Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok wired her boss after the 1932 Democratic ...Read more

BASED ON A TRUE STORY: A Memoir

Norm Macdonald
Spiegel & Grau
ISBN 978-0812993622
256 pages
$28

Reviewed by Kevin Canfield

Near the end of Norm Macdonald's new book, the comedian's purported ghostwriter steps forward and offers a confession: "In order to ...Read more

TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace

Alberto R. Gonzales
Thomas Nelson
ISBN 978-0718078874
526 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by James Mann

It is no small irony that the new memoir by Alberto Gonzales, formerly President George W. Bush's attorney general, has come out ...Read more

THE YEAR OF VOTING DANGEROUSLY: The Derangement of American Politics

Maureen Dowd
Twelve
ISBN 978-1455539260
432 pages
$30

Reviewed by Kathleen Parker

Certain times seem made for certain people, and the now seems to belong to Maureen Dowd. With a resurgence of the Clintons, upon whose ...Read more

THE BOYS OF DUNBAR: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball

Alejandro Danois
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1451666977
260 pages
$26

Reviewed by Bijan C. Bayne

Hit cable-TV shows about the drug trade. The death of Freddie Gray and subsequent unrest. Racially biased law enforcement. These...Read more

SHE MADE ME LAUGH: My Friend Nora Ephron

Richard Cohen
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1476796123
299 pages
$27

Reviewed by Carol Memmott

A lot has been written about Nora Ephron, much of it with her own pen. There was, of course, her semi-autobiographical 1983 novel "...Read more

SING FOR YOUR LIFE: A Story of Race, Music, and Family

Daniel Bergner
Lee Boudreaux
ISBN 978-0316300674
320 pages
$28

Reviewed by Anne Midgette

I am wary of rags-to-riches stories about people who rose from tough childhoods to be opera singers. In my experience, it's a ...Read more

JERUSALEM

Alan Moore
Liveright
ISBN 978-1631492433
1,266 pages
$35

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

NUTSHELL

Ian McEwan
Nan A. Talese
ISBN 978-0385542074
197 pages
$24.95

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

THE DARKEST SECRET

Alex Marwood
Penguin
ISBN 978-0143110514
390 pages
$16

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
Morrow
ISBN 978-0062458827
302 pages
$26.99

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

AVID READER: A Life

Robert Gottlieb
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374279929
327 pages
$28

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

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

EVERFAIR

Nisi Shawl
Tor
ISBN 978-0765338051
384 pages
$26.99

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
PublicAffairs
ISBN 978-1610397339
245 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Danielle Paquette

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

POETRY

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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
Knopf
ISBN 978-0307962645
422 pages
$30

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

 
 

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