Book Reviews – By Author Last Name

My Book Reviews, By Author Last Name

Ahern, Cecelia: The Gift
Ahern, Cecelia: There’s No Place Like Here

Albright, Madeleine: Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box
Alcott, Kathleen: The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
Alcott, Louisa May: The Early Stories of Louisa May Alcott 1852-1860

Alden, Paulette Bates: Crossing the Moon: A Journey Through Infertility

Allen, Sarah Addison: The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Allen, Sarah Addison: The Sugar Queen

Anderson, Kyra, and Forman, Vicki, editors: Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives On Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum

Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds That Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

Atwood, Margaret: The Edible Woman
Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale

Baker, Tiffany: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Barbery, Muriel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (audiobook)
Barnes, Julian: The Sense of An Ending
Barthel, Sarah: House of Silence (published in Shelf Awareness, 1/13/2017)
Baskin, Nora Raleigh: Anything But Typical
Bates Alden, Paulette: Crossing the Moon: A Journey Through Infertility

Bauermeister, Erica: Joy for Beginners
Bauermeister, Erica: The School of Essential Ingredients

Bausch, Richard: Something Is Out There: Stories
Beattie, Ann: Walks With Men
Bennett, Alan: Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

Biden, Joe: Promises to Keep
Bittman, Mark: Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating

Blau, Jessica Anya: Mating Calls: The Problem with Lexie and No. Seven
Bloom, Amy: Come to Me (short stories)
Bloom, Jonathan: American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (and what we can do about it)

Blume, Judy: In the Unlikely Event (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/7/2015)
Bohjalian, Chris: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/13/2014)
Bohjalian, Chris: The Light in the Ruins (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/25/2013)
Bonanno, Kathleen Sheeder: Slamming Open the Door (poems)
Boylan, Jennifer Finney: Long Black Veil (published in Shelf Awareness, 5/52017)
Bronson, Po and Merryman, Ashley:  NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Buchanan, Cathy Marie: The Day the Falls Stood Still

Campbell, Bonnie Jo: American Salvage (stories)
Carter, Abigail: The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation
Chafe, William H.: Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal
Chaltas, Thalia: Because I Am Furniture
Chang, Lan Samantha: All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost
Chaon, Dan: Await Your Reply
Charyn, Jerome: The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
Coates, Ta-Nahisi: Between the World and Me
Cobb, William J. The Bird Saviors  (GR) (5 stars)
Cohen, Jeffrey A.: The Killing of Mindi Quintana

Collins, Billy: Ballistics
Collins, Billy: Nine Horses
Collins, Billy: Questions About Angels

Collins, Gail: American Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines

Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games

Conroy, Pat: South of Broad
Coplin, Amanda: The Orchardist (GR) 5 stars
Corrigan, Kelly: Lift (audiobook)
Cowell, Stephanie: Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet
Coyote, Ivan: Tomboy Survival Guide
Cunningham, Michael: By Nightfall

Daniel, Susanna: Sea Creatures
Davis, Lydia: Can’t and Won’t: Stories
Davis, Michael: Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Davis, Olena Kalyliak: And Her Soul Out of Nothing
Dermansky, Marcy: Bad Marie
Dietrich, Karen: The Girl Factory
Dillard, Annie: Mornings Like This: Found Poems
Donoghue, Emma: Room
Doty, Mark: Dog Years, A Memoir
Dubus, Andre III: Dirty Love (published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/13/2013)
Dylan, Bob: Forever Young (children’s)

Ebershoff, David: The 19th Wife
Ephron, Nora: I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections (audiobook) GR 3 stars

Erdrich, Louise, LaRose
Erdrich, Louise: Shadow Tag
Erdrich, Louise: The Painted Drum
Erdrich, Louise: The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories 1978-2008

Erskine, Kathryn: Mockingbird
Esselstyn, Rip: My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet, Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes

Feldman, Ellen: Next to Love

Ferraris, Zoe: Finding Nouf

Ferris, Joshua: The Unnamed
Ferris, Joshua: Then We Came to the End

Fields, Danny: Linda McCartney: A Portrait (audiobook)
Finland, Glen: Next Stop: A Memoir of Family
Fischer, Maribeth: The Life You Longed For
Fishman, Lynda: Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices
Flynn, Gillian: Gone Girl (GR) 4.5 stars
Foulds, Adam: The Quickening Maze
Frank, Joan: Because You Have To: A Writing Life
Furman, Laura, editor: The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009
Franzen, Jonathan: Freedom (audiobook)

Gaiman, Neil: Crazy Hair
Gaiman, Neil: The Graveyard Book

Garrett, Melissa Luznicky: Precipice (GR) 3 stars

Garson, Barbara: Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession
Gemmell, Nikki: With My Body (GR) 3.5 stars
Gerstler, Amy and Lehman, David: The Best American Poetry 2010
Geye, Peter: Safe from the Sea
Gibbons, Kaye: Ellen Foster
Gibbons, Kaye: The Life All Around Me, by Ellen Foster
Gilbert, Melissa: Prairie Tale
Golden, Marita: The Wide Circumference of Love (published in Shelf Awareness, 4/25/2017)
Goldman, Ken: Of a Feather
Gooch, Brad: Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor
Gottlieb, Dan: Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life
Grass, Gunter: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Green, John:  Looking for Alaska

Greer, Andrew Sean: The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Greer, Andrew Sean: The Story of a Marriage

Gregorio, I.W. None of the Above 

Grisham, John: Ford County (short stories)
Groff, Lauren: Arcadia
Groff, Lauren: Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories
Grosshans, Beth: Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm
Gwin, Minrose: The Queen of Palmyra

Haag, Pamela: Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules
Hadley, Tessa: Married Love and Other Stories
Hagy, Alyson: Boleto
Haigh, Jennifer: Baker Towers (audiobook)
Hampton, Kelle: Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
Harding, Paul: Tinkers
Harpham, Heather: Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After (published in Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf 4/12/2017)
Hegi, Ursula: Children and Fire
Heilemann, John and Halperin, Mark: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (audiobook)
Henkin, Joshua: Matrimony
Higashida, Naoki, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism,  (translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell)

Hirsch, Edward: Lay Back the Darkness (poems)
Hirsch, Edward: The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010)

Hoagland, Tony: Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems
Hoban, Nancy: Loving Frank (audio)

Hosseini, Khaled: A Thousand Splendid Suns (audio)
Hosseini, Khaled: The Kite Runner (audio) (2003)

Housley, Dave: If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home

Ivey, Eowyn: The Snow Child (2012)

Jackson, Shirley: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Jacoby, Richard P. and Baldelomar, Racquel: Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Stop Pain and Reverse the Path to Diabetes
Jenoff, Pam: The Orphan’s Tale (published in Shelf Awareness, 3/11/2017)
Jokinen, Tom: Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker in Training
John, Elton: Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS
Johnson, Tory: Spark & Hustle: Launch and Start Your Small Business Now
Jong, Erica: Love Comes First (poems)
Juster, Norman: Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie (children’s)

Keener, Jessica: Night Swim

Kephart, Beth: Dr. Radway’s Sarsaparilla Resolvent
Kephart, Beth: The Heart is Not a Size (2010)
Kephart, Beth: House of Dance
Kephart, Beth: Nothing But Ghosts
Kephart, Beth: Small Damages (2012) (GR) 4 stars
Kephart, Beth: You Are My Only (2011)

Kingsbury, Karen: Let’s Go on a Mommy Date
Kingsolver, Barbara: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Kingsolver, Barbara: High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never
Kogan, Lisa: Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from an Imperfect Life
Koppel, Lily: The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
Kornblut, Anne: Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What it Will Take for a Woman to Win
Krauss, Nicole: The History of Love
Kristof, Nicholas D. and WuDunn, Sheryl: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Lahiri, Jhumpa: The Clothing of Books (published in Shelf Awareness, 12/20/2016)
Lahiri, Jhumpa: Unaccustomed Earth
Lamb, Wally: She’s Come Undone
Lamott, Anne: Stitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope, and Repair
Lefler, Anna: The CHICK-tionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know
LeMay, Kathy: The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Talent, and Treasure to Shape the World (2009)
Levithan, David: Two Boys Kissing
Levy, E.J. Love, In Theory: Ten Stories
Lévy-Bertherat, Déborah: The Travels of Daniel Ascher (published in Cleaver Magazine)
Liu, Eric: You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen (published in Shelf Awareness, 4/11/2017)
Lovenheim, Peter: In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time
Lowe, Rob: Love Life

Madden, Deirdre: Molly Fox’s Birthday
Maguire, James: American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds

Mandel, Emily St. John: Last Night in Montreal
Mandel, Emily St. John: The Lola Quartet
Mandel, Emily St. John: Station Eleven

Marsh, Carol: Nowhere Else I Want to Be (published in Shelf Awareness, 1/13/2017)

Martin, Brett: Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

Mayes, Frances: Under the Tuscan Sun (audiobook)

McCann, Colum: Let the Great World Spin
McCann, Colum: Songdogs

McCormick, Maureen: Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My Own Voice
McEwan, Ian: On Chesil Beach (audiobook)
McGregor, Jon: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
McInerney, Jay: How It Ended: New and Collected Stories
McKay, Ami: The Virgin Cure
McNally, John: After the Workshop
Melton, Glennon Doyle: Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
Meloy, Maile: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Mendelsohn, Jane: American Music
Mendelsohn, Jane: Innocence

Mennies, Rachel: The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

Monette, Paul: Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Moore, Lorrie: A Gate at the Stairs

Moriarty, Laura: The Center of Everything (audiobook)
Moriarty, Laura: While I’m Falling

Mortenson, Greg: Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan (audiobook)
Moss, Michael: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Mott, Jason: The Returned
Moyer-Fischer, Jackie: An Egg on Three Sticks
Munro, Alice: Too Much Happiness
Murray, Liz: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Ng, Celeste: Everything I Never Told You
Noonan, Peggy: Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now

O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried
Ono, Yoko: Acorn
Orenstein, Peggy: Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

Page, Tim: Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger’s
Paley, Grace: Fidelity (Poems)
Peele, Lydia: Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories
Peete, Rodney: Not My Boy! A Dad’s Journey with Autism

Perlmutter, David with Loberg, Kristin: Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent KIllers
Petterson, Per: I Curse the River of Time
Phillips, Jayne Anne: Lark and Termite
Piepmeier, Alison: Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism
Pink, Daniel H: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009)
Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
Plouffe, David: The Audacity to Win:  The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory (2009)
Poe, Edgar Allan: Steampunk Poe
Porot, Daniel and Haynes, Frances Bolles: 101 Tough Interview Questions and Answers That Get the Job
Prose, Francine: Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
Pupek, Jayne: Tomato Girl 

Rave, Robert and Rave, Jane: Conversations and Cosmopolitans: Awkward Moments, Mixed Drinks, and How a Mother and Son Finally Shared Who They Really Are
Reisen, Harriet: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Riggs, Ransom: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rosenstrach, Jenny: Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal

Sax, Leonard: Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls (2010)

Schulman, Helen: This Beautiful Life

Schuster, Marc: The Grievers
Sebold, Alice, ed. The Best American Short Stories 2009 

Sendak, Maurice: In the Night Kitchen

Sepetys, Ruta: Between Shades of Gray
Serber, Natalie: Shout Her Lovely Name  4 stars

Shapiro, Dani: Devotion: A Memoir
Shapiro, Dani: Slow Motion: A True Story
Shea, Ammon: Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages 5 stars
Shear, Claudia: Blown Sideways Through Life: A Hilarious Tour de Resume
Sheffield, Rob: Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
Shetterly, Caitlin: Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home
Shilts, Randy: And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

Shreve, Anita: All He Ever Wanted
Shreve, Anita: The Pilot’s Wife

Simmons, Rachel: The Curse of the Good Girl
Simon, Rachel: The Story of Beautiful Girl (5 stars)
Skloot, Rebecca: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010)
Soffer, Jessica: Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (review published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 6/5/2013)
Solnit, Rebecca: The Mother of All Questions (published in Shelf Awareness, 3/24/2017)
Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Stern, Gerald: Divine Nothingness
Straub, Emma: Modern Lovers (review published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/16/2016)
Strout, Elizabeth: Olive Kitteridge
Sultan, Rosie: Helen Keller in Love

Tamar, Erika: The Garden of Happiness (children’s)
Tancer, Bill: Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why It Matters
Tarr-Whelan, Linda: Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World

Tucker, Lisa: The Winters in Bloom

Veitch, Kate: Without a Backwards Glance

Waldfogel, Joel: Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays
Wallace, Carey: The Blind Contessa’s New Machine (2010)
Walls, Jeannette: Half Broke Horses

Walter, Jess: Beautiful Ruins GR (5 stars)
Walter, Jess: The Financial Lives of the Poets
Warner, Melanie: Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
Waters, Sarah: The Little Stranger

Weiner, Jennifer: Little Earthquakes
West, Michael Lee: Mermaids in the Basement

White, Arisa: You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened (poetry)

Wiesel, Elie: Open Heart
Wiesel, Elie: The Sonderberg Case

Williams, C.K. and Gammell, Stephen: How the Nobble Was Finally Found (children’s)
Williams, Niall: History of the Rain
Willis, Deborah: The Dark and Other Love Stories (published in Shelf Awareness, 3/7/2017)
Winn, Tracy: Mrs. Somebody Somebody
Winnick, Karen B: Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers

Wolff, Virgina Euwer: Make Lemonade
Wolff, Virginia Euwer: True Believer

Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse
Woolf, Virginia: The Years

Wright, Charles and Lehman, David: The Best American Poetry 2008

Zevin, Gabrielle: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry