ONE MAN AGAINST THE WORLD: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

ONE MAN AGAINST THE WORLD: The Tragedy of Richard NixonTim Weiner
Henry Holt
ISBN 978-1627790833
369 pages

BEING NIXON: A Man DividedEvan Thomas
Random House
ISBN 978-0812995367
619 ...Read more

SPIRALS IN TIME: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Helen Scales
Bloomsbury Sigma
ISBN 978-1472911360
304 pages

Reviewed by Amy Stewart

By this point in the summer (if you're doing it right), you've probably got a seashell or two shedding sand on your front porch. There'...Read more

SMOKEJUMPER: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters

Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith
ISBN 0062319620
233 pages

Reviewed by Del Quentin Wilber

Smokejumping is insane.

There really is no other word for it. The job starts with men and women flying in a tin ...Read more

FOUNDING GRAMMARS: How Early America's War Over Words Shaped Today's Language

Rosemarie Ostler
St. Martin's
ISBN 978-1250046123
309 pages

Reviewed by Sarah Kaplan

How you say something matters as much as what you say. At least that's the opinion of many grammarians, who have been quibbling ...Read more


Jen Lancaster
New American Library
ISBN 978-0451471093
320 pages

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

Jen Lancaster's privileged life screeched to a halt in 2001 when she lost her corporate job and was reduced to selling off...Read more

HERE SHE COMES NOW: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives

Edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten
Rare Bird
ISBN 978-1940207735
276 pages

Reviewed by Julia Carpenter

When I was 12, I was riddled with angst and the overwhelming feeling that no one could possibly vocalize ...Read more

STREET POISON: The Biography of Iceberg Slim

STREET POISON: The Biography of Iceberg SlimJustin Gifford
ISBN 978-0385538343
265 pages

Vintage Crime
ISBN 978-1101872598
244 pages
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Nina George
ISBN 978-0553418774
392 pages

Reviewed by Amanda Vaill

Nina George's international best-seller "The Little Paris Bookshop" looks like a triumph of the confectioner's art: pink, glossy, garlanded with ...Read more

WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN: A Moral Panic in the 1980s

Richard Beck
ISBN 978-1610392877
323 pages

Reviewed by Maura Casey

TV news was no friend to those of us who had small children in the 1980s. Allegations of child sexual abuse in day-care centers swept ...Read more

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self

Anil Ananthaswamy
ISBN 978-0525954194
305 pages

Reviewed by Matthew Hutson

Humanity's greatest conflicts emerge from two parties looking at the same thing and each insisting, with the utmost confidence, that ...Read more

STEEL: From Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

Brooke C. Stoddard
ISBN 978-0760347423
304 pages

Reviewed by Michael Dirda

When romantic poets speak of the sublime, they are usually thinking of Mont Blanc or the Simplon Passor other awe-inspiring natural ...Read more


Murasaki Shikibu. Translated from the Japanese by Dennis Washburn
ISBN 0393047873
1,320 pages

Reviewed by Steven Moore

There is no question that "The Tale of Genji" is a world-class masterpiece of fiction. ...Read more


Lori Roy
ISBN 978-0525955078
327 pages

Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, book critic for the NPR program "Fresh Air," is the author of "So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures," now out in ...Read more

SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe

Chris Laoutaris
ISBN 978-1605987927
503 pages

Reviewed by Gary Taylor, a professor of English at Florida State University and general editor of "The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works" for Oxford University Press...Read more


Austin Grossman
ISBN 978-0316198516
355 pages

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. You can follow him on Twitter @RonCharles.

Sorry, Woodward and Bernstein. You were...Read more

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

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