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Past Articles

2014

September

Close Encounters, by Jen Michalski
The Mower: New and Selected Poems, by Andrew Motion
And She Was, by Alison Gaylin
A Place Called Armageddon, by C. C. Humphreys
World War One: History in an Hour, by Rupert Colley

August

The Weight of a Human Heart, by Ryan O’Neill
Howard's End, by E. M. Forster
Aspects of the Novel, by E. M. Forster
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

July

Mr. Churchill's Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, by Yiyun Li
These Days, by Margo Christie

June

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Blind Owl, by Sadegh Hedayat
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
The Sleeping Dictionary, by Sujata Massey

May

Harvest, by Jim Crace
Myth of the Welfare Queen, by David Zucchino
The Stone Carvers, by Jane Urquhart
The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin

April

The House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Black Narrows, by S. Scott Whitaker
The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald
Natural Flights of the Human Mind, by Clare Morrall

March

All Roads Lead to Austen, by Amy Elizabeth Smith
An Absorbing Errand, by Jane Malamud Smith
Lethal Remedy, by Richard L. Mabry
Someone, by Alice McDermott
The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing

February

Public Property, by Andrew Motion
Under My Skin, by Doris Lessing
Boston Noir, edited by Dennis Lehane
Hollywood, by Larry McMurtry

January

A Perfect Stranger, by Roxana Robinson
World Within World, by Stephen Spender
Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon
Best books I read in 2013

2013

December

The Beginner's Goodbye, by Anne Tyler
Playlist 2013
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson
Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill
Mountain Man, by Vardis Fisher

November

Crusoe's Daughter, by Jane Gardam
War Requiem, by Benjamin Britten
Counter Currents, by Shaun J. McLaughlin
The Tide King, by Jen Michalski

October

Live by Night, by Dennis Lehane
The Immoralist, by Andre Gide
Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov
March: Book 1, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

September

The Lost Prince, by Selden Edwards
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
The Crime of Julian Wells, by Thomas H. Cook
Human Chain, by Seamus Heaney
Travels in the Scriptorium, by Paul Auster

August

Home, by Toni Morrison
The 228 Legacy, by Jennifer Chow
Inside, by Alix Ohlin
Writers Tell All

July

Molly Fox's Birthday, by Deirdre Madden
The Cove, by Ron Rash
Collected Poems, by Hope Mirrlees
The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro
Authenticity, by Deirdre Madden

June

Last Orders, by Graham Swift
The Way to Paradise, by Mario Vargas Llosa
Three Weeks in December, by Audrey Schulman
Women's Review of Books, Vol. 30, No. 1, January/February 2013

May

Nothing Gold Can Stay, by Ron Rash
The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, by Antonia Fraser
No Time Like the Present, by Nadine Gordimer

April

The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje
The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart, by Mathias Malzieu
Wordsmith Studio, an Appreciation
Bloody Falls of the Coppermine, by McKay Jenkins
My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

March

House of Breath, by William Goyen
Twilight of the Superheroes, by Deborah Eisenberg
A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
Virgin Soil, by Ivan Turgenev

February

Look at Me, by Anita Brookner
On Thin Ice: Short Stories of Life and Dating After 50, by Johanna van Zanten
Prospero's Daughter, by Elizabeth Nunez
Memento Mori, by Muriel Spark

January

A Note in Music, by Rosamond Lehmann
The Betrayal, by Helen Dunmore
David's Story, by Jill Sadowsky
Best books I read in 2012

2012

December

Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear
Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Cheese and the Worms, by Carlo Ginzburg
Purity of Blood, by Arturo Pérez- Reverte
Dear Life, by Alice Munro

November

New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, by Colm Tóibín
Playlist 2012
The Reserve, by Russell Banks
A Silver Lining, by Elaine Benton

October

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop
There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, by Robert Jacoby
The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown
Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
Belshazzar's Daughter, by Barbara Nadel

September

Townie, by Andre Dubus III
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Italian Journeys, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Light Years, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

August

Writing Contests
Whispers Under Ground, by Ben Aaronovitch
Reveries of the Solitary Walker, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Rescuer's Path, by Paula Friedman

July

Summers' Horses, by Ralph Cotton
Eventide, by Kent Haruf
61 Hours, by Lee Childs
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
Family Constellation, by Margaret S. Mullins

June

The Forever Queen, by Helen Hollick
A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
The Tale of Murasaki, by Liza Dalby
The Narrow Road to the Interior, by Kimiko Hahn

May

Free Enterprise, by Michelle Cliff
The Winner Names the Age: A Collection of Writings by Lillian Smith, Edited by Michelle Cliff
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Liebster Award

April

The Spanish Game, by Charles Cumming
Suburban Myths, by Sam Schmidt
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
Memory's Wake, by Derek Owens
Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story, by Judith Dickerman-Nelson

March

Vermilion Drift, by William Kent Krueger
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
This Möbius Strip of Ifs, by Mathias B. Freese
The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka

February

The Door, by Margaret Atwood
Nothing to Be Frightened Of, by Julian Barnes
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, by Colin Cotterill
Absalom, Absalom, by William Faulkner

January

Divisidero, by Michael Ondaatje
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, by Cara Black
A Tidewater Morning, by William Styron
Playlist 2011
Best books I read in 2011

2011

December

The Sun, Sy Safransky Editor
Blind to the Bones, by Stephen Booth
The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, by Marion Winik
Sketches from a Hunter's Album, by Ivan Turgenev

November

Don Giovanni
Tinkers, by Paul Harding
Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying, by Robert Jacoby
Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, by Alice Feiring

October

Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell
Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson
Saidie May: Pioneer of Early 20th Century Collecting, by Susan Helen Adler
In the Temple of a Patient God, by Bejan Matur
Innocent Blood, by P.D. James

September

Wash the Blood Clean from My Hand, by Fred Vargas
Hamlet (Michael Almereyda's 2000 film)
The Most Dangerous Thing, by Laura Lippman
A Night Too Dark, by Dana Stabenow

August

All the Strange Hours, by Loren Eiseley
The Man of the Forest, by Zane Grey
Breaker, by Sue Sinclair
Moonlight Mile, by Dennis Lehane
Precious Bane, by Mary Webb

July

A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
Not Dead Enough, by Peter James
The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer
East Wind, Rain, by Caroline Paul

June

Freddy and Fredericka, by Mark Helprin
The Solace of Leaving Early, by Haven Kimmel
The Offensive Internet, ed. by Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan

May

The Sun Over Breda, by Arturo Perez-Réverte
Searching for Caleb, by Anne Tyler
To the End of the Land, by David Grossman
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Epitaph for a Peach, by David Mas Masumoto

April

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
Full Dark House, by Christopher Fowler
Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, by M. T. Anderson

March

The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
The Forest of Sure Things, Poems by Megan Snyder-Camp
My Sister, My Love, by Joyce Carol Oates
Mad Dogs of Trieste, by Janine Pommy Vega

February

Storm Glass, by Jane Urquhart
Where Crows & Men Collide, Poetry by Kate Gale
Journey from the North: Autobiography of Storm Jameson
Highlights of AWP 2011

January

Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett, edited by Waugh, Greenberg & Donovan
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls
Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, by Paul Theroux
Best books I read in 2010

2010

December

Playlist 2010
The Professional, by Robert B. Parker
The Quickening Maze, by Adam Foulds
The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

November

Shoes Hair Nails, by Deborah Batterman
The Surrendered, by Chang-Rae Lee
Pearl of China, by Anchee Min
Away, by Jane Urquhart
Resolution, by Robert B. Parker

October

My Dream of You, by Nuala O'Faolain
Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
The Biographer’s Tale, by A.S. Byatt
The Scream, by Rohinton Mistry

September

Post Captain, by Patrick O'Brien
The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Preston & Child
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
The Devil in Music, by Kate Ross

August

The Wives of Henry VIII, by Antonia Fraser
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Mourning Ruby, by Helen Dunmore
Shop Class as Soul Craft, by Matthew B. Crawford

July

The Origin of Species, by Nino Ricci
The Winter Vault, by Anne Michaels
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

June

A Vineyard Killing/Murder at a Vineyard Mansion, by Philip R. Craig
The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Drood, by Dan Simmons
The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, edited by Mike Ashley

May

An Interlude
Bleeding Heart Square, by Andrew Taylor
March Violets, by Philip Kerr
Being Dead, by Jim Crace
Collected Poems 1090-1962, by T. S. Eliot

April

Acqua Alta, by Donna Leon
The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

March

Lanark: A Life in Four Acts, by Alasdair Gray
The Wayfarer (Kojin), by Natsume Soseki
Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry
A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa

February

Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
And Then, by Natsume Soseki
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
Trent’s Last Case, by E. C. Bentley

January

Robert B. Parker, an Appreciation
World War Z—An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks
Day, by A. L. Kennedy
Best books I read in 2009

2009

December

Playlist 2009
The Queen of the Tambourine, by Jane Gardam
Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, by Samuel Richardson
Life Sentences, by Laura Lippman

November

The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Goethe
Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, by Patricia Hampl
Stoner, by John Williams
The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
Whistling Woman, by A.S. Byatt

October

Run, by Ann Patchett
Babel Tower, by A.S. Byatt
On Reading
The Painter of Battles, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

September

Sixty Poems, by Alexander Petöfi, translated by Eugénie Bayard Pierce and Emil Delmár
Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
In the Woods, by Tana French
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam

August

Still Life, by A.S. Byatt
The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins
Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nemirovsky
The Virgin in the Garden, by A.S. Byatt
The Franchise Affair, by Josephine Tey

July

The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
As We Are Now, by May Sarton
The Water’s Lovely, by Ruth Rendell
Oxford Mourning, by Veronica Stallwood

June

Hiding from the Light, Barbara Erskine
The Secret of Lost Things, by Sheridan Hay
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
Journal of a Solitude, by May Sarton
The Gateway, by T. M. McNally

May

Caucasia, by Danzy Senna
Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
The Friends of Meager Fortune, by David Adams Richards

April

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon
Edge Effect: Trails and Portrayals, by Sandra McPherson
The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu
Waiting, by Ha Jin

March

Clockers, by Richard Price
Death at La Fenice, by Donna Leon
Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

February

Just Breathe Normally, by Peggy Shumaker
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Visions, ed. by Bradley R. Strahan
Maps and Legends, by Michael Chabon

January

Out, by Natsuo Kirino
The Office of Desire, by Martha Moody
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Best books of 2008

2008

December

Lost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon
The Lost Highway, by David Adams Richards
The Boys in the Trees, by Mary Swan
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale
Playlist 2008

November

The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean
Inspecting Carol, by Daniel Sullivan
One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
Close to Home, by Peter Robinson

October

Killing Floor, by Lee Child
The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
The Gathering, by Anne Enright
The Battle for Wine and Love, by Alice Feiring

September

Meadowlands, by Louise Gluck
The Three-Cornered World (Kusa Makura), by Natsume Soseki
The Mysteries of Glass, by Sue Gee
Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard

August

Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Antonia White: Diaries 1926-1957, edited by Susan Chitty
Journals, by John Cheever
Stories, by John Cheever

July

Look at Me, by Jennifer Egan
Shadow People, by Molly Lynn Watt
Arts of the Possible, by Adrienne Rich
Locked Rooms, by Laurie R. King

June

Keeping the World Away, by Margaret Forster
Stand Proud, by Elmer Kelton
Outwitting Ants, by Cheryl Kimball
The Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell
The Lighthouse, by P.D. James

May

The Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals, by Elizabeth Smart
Necessary Secrets, by Elizabeth Smart
The Lost Upland, by W.S. Merwin
Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai

April

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
Mason’s Retreat, by Christopher Tilghman
Linnets and Valerians, by Elizabeth Goudge
A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny

March

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, by G.B. Edwards
Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky
Watch with Me, by Wendell Berry
Mohawk, by Richard Russo
Saturday, by Ian McEwan

February

Down into Darkness, by David Lawrence
The Cambridge Theorem, by Tony Cape
The Untouchable, by John Banville
Be Near Me, by Andrew O'Hagan

January

Atonement, by Ian McEwan
The Conjuror's Bird, by Martin Davies
Flaubert's Parrot, by Julian Barnes
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud

2007

December

Riding Lessons, by Sara Gruen
Deep Economy, by Bill McKibbon
Human Traces, by Sebastian Faulks
The Big Sky, by A.B. Guthrie
Sons of Texas, by Elmer Kelton

November

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood

October

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Testing of Luther Albright, by MacKenzie Bezos
Wish You Were Here, by Stewart O’Nan
The Sea, by John Banville
The Gate, by Soseki Natsume

September

The Dante Club, by Matthew Pearl
Blue Screen, by Robert B. Parker
A Noble Radiance, by Donna Leon
Playlist 2007

August

Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson
Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson
Truth & Beauty, by Ann Patchett

July

The Last Friend, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Playing in the Light, by Zoe Wicomb
Ince Memed, Parts I and II, by Yashar Kemal
People of Paper, by Salvador Plascencia
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen; Toby Tyler, by James Otis

June

Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres
Home at Last, by Jean McGarry
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
Istanbul: Memories and the City, by Orhan Pamuk

May

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
A Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier
Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome
Spoon River Anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters

April

The Courage Consort, by Michel Faber
The Babes in the Wood, by Ruth Rendell
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson
Charming Billy, by Alice McDermott
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, by Michael Patrick MacDonald

March

The Last Lovely City, by Alice Adams
Casa Rossa, by Francesca Marciano
The Songcatcher, by Sharyn McCrumb
On Beauty, by Zadie Smith

February

What Narcissism Means to Me, by Tony Hoagland
Small Island, by Andrea Levy
The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan
The Last Good Chance, by Tom Barbash

January

Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
No Good Deeds, by Laura Lippman
The Bones, by Seth Greenland
Children of Men, by P.D. James
We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

2006

December

Of Woman Born, by Adrienne Rich
Freshwater Road, by Denise Nicholas
One Last Breath, by Stephen Booth
The Transparent Feather, by BJ Appelgren

November

The Antioch Review, Vol. 64, No. 4 & Creative Nonfiction, No. 29
Don’t Look Back, by Karin Fossum
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton

October

March, by Geraldine Brooks
Upstream: A Voyage on the Connecticut River, by Ben Bachman