The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review


Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer | LJ Review


Hamer, a Rhys Davies Short Story Prize winner, is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review


A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction.

Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis | LJ Review


“We human beings…need to change”—this blunt requirement typifies Pope Francis’s astonishing encyclical on climate change. He effectively reframes global warming from an abstract, technical issue into a moral one, and gives the problem a new urgency—just in time for his U.S. visit and the upcoming world climate summit in Paris.

Video Reviews | November 1, 2012

swan lake

Reviews of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, The City Dark, and Too Big To Fail, plus a full list of video reviews from the Nov. 1 issue.

Arts Reviews | November 1, 2012


Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Both Flesh and Not, Tim Crothers’s The Queen of Katwe, and James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff’s Roy Lichtenstein, plus a full list of arts and humanities reviews from the Nov. 1 issue.

Audio Reviews | November 1, 2012

red cell

Reviews of Suzanne Desrochers’s Bride of New France, Mark Henshaw’s The Red Cell, and Ben McIntyre’s Double Cross, plus a full list of audiobook reviews from the Nov. 1 issue.

Audiobook Reviews | October 15, 2012


Reviews of Andrew Gross’s 15 Seconds, Deon Meyer’s Devil’s Peak, and Bryce G. Hoffman’s American Icon, plus a full list of audiobook reviews from the Oct. 15 issue.

Cookbook Reviews | October 15, 2012


Reviews of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem, and Marical E. Presilla’s Gran Cocina Latina, plus a full list of cookbook reviews in the Oct. 15 issue.

Video Reviews | October 15, 2012


Reviews of Red Dog, Eames, and Marley, plus a full list of video reviews in the Oct. 15 issue.