PEOPLE Book Review Index, 2010

People does not offer an online index to their book reviews. Below is EarlyWord’s index to reviews from 2010 .Links to the archives of indices from other years are here.

People archives the complete issues on the site, generally one week after publication. Links from the dates below are to the book section for that issue.


12/27 Books

Top Ten Books of 2010:

Life, Keith Richards, Little, Brown

Room, Emma Donaghue, Little, Brown

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, Crown

I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron, Random

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan, Knopf

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Random

Just Kids, Patti Smith, HarperCollins/Ecco

Autobiography of Mark Twain, U. of Cal. Press

One Day, David Nicholls, Vintage

12/20 Books

As Always, Julia, ed. by Joan Reardon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – (2010-12-01), 3.5 of 4 stars


The Lean Belly Prescription, Travis Stork MD, Peter Moore, Rodale Books – (2010-12-07)

William and Kate, Christopher Anderson, Gallery – (2010-12-21)

12/13 Books

Rescue, Anita Shreve, Little Brown, People Pick and 4 of 4 stars

Of Love and Evil, Anne Rice, Knopf,  3.5 of 4 stars

12/06 Books

An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin, Grand Central Publishing – (2010-11-23), 4 of 4 stars,

The Wolves of Andover, Kathleen Kent, Reagan Arthur Books – (2010-11-08), 3.5 of 4 stars

Living Large,  Sarah Z. Wexler, St. Martin’s Press – (2010-10-26), 3.5 of 4 stars

11/29 Books

Decision Points, George W. Bush, Crown, (2010-11-09), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Distant Hours, Kate Morton, Atria, (2010-11-09) 4 of 4 stars

Foreign Bodies, Cynthia Ozick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (2010-11-01), 4 of 4 stars

Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever, Simon & Schuster, (2010-11-02), 4 of 4 stars

11/22 Books

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, (November 16, 2010), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks, Knopf, (October 26, 2010), 4 of 4 stars

Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King, Scribner, (November 9, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff, Little, Brown,  (November 1, 2010), 3 of 4 stars

Interview: Kat Von D, The Tattoo Chronicles, Collins Design, (November 1, 2010)

11/15 Books


The Confession, John Grisham, Doubleday, 4 of 4 stars

I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron, People Pick

Nora Recommends: “Three Books That Are Older Than I Am”

The Customs of the Country, Edith Wharton

Bleak House, Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

11/8 Books

Life, Keith Richards, Little, Brown (October 26, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars,

Three titles listed under “Great Reads: Memoirs”

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1, Mark Twain, University of California Press (November 15, 2010)

Even Silence Has an End, Ingrid Betancourt, Penguin Press, (September 21, 2010)

Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle, Ellen Rogers, Hyperion (November 2, 2010)

11/1 Books

You Had Me at Woof, Julie Klum, Riverhead, (October 28, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The above is the only title reviewed. Three more are mentioned as “Great Reads: New in Fiction”

The Pursuit of Happiness, Douglas Kennedy, Atria, (October 19, 2010)

Man in the Woods, Scott Spencer, Ecco, (September 14, 2010)

How to Read the Air, Dinaw Mengestu, Riverhead, (October 14, 2010)

10/25 Books

Palo Alto, James Franco, Scribner, (October 19, 2010). This week, the section leads not with a review, but with an interview with actor James Franco about his book of short stories. Actually, they kind of review it, saying in the intro, “And guess what? It’s pretty good.”

The Charming Quirks of Others, Alexander Mccall Smith, Pantheon/Knopf (October 12, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Buzz, Katherine Ellison, Voice (October 5, 2010), 4 of 4 stars

The False Friend, Myla Goldberg, Doubleday (October 5, 2010), 3 of 4 stars

10/18 Books

Great House, Nicole Krauss, W.W. Norton, (Oct. 5, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Bound, Antonya Nelson, Bloomsbury, (Sept. 28, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham, FSG (Sept. 28, 2010), 2 of 4 stars

You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, Riverhead Hardcover (Oct. 14, 2010), Heather Sellers, 3.5 of 4 stars

10/11 Books

At Home, Bill Bryson, Doubleday (October 5, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny, Minotaur Books (September 28, 2010), 4 of 4 stars

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris, Little, Brown (September 28, 2010) 3 of 4 stars



Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Danielle Evans (Riverhead; Sep 23, 2010), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and writers of The Daily Show (Grand Central; Sep 21, 2010), 4 of 4 stars

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, Yiyun Li (Random House; Sep 14, 2010), 3 of 4 stars

9/27 Books

The Wave, Susan Casey, Doubleday, 4 of 4 stars

Mini Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella, Dial, 3 of 4 stars

Salvation City, Sigrid Nunez, Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars

Half Empty, David Rakoff, Doubleday , 4 of 4 stars

9/20 Books

Room, Emma Donoghue, (Little, Brown, 9/13) 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Getting to Happy, Terry Mcmillan, (Viking, 9/7) 2.5 of 4 stars

Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family, Glenn Plaskin, (Center Street, 9/8) 3 of 4 stars

The Widower’s Tale, Julia Glass, (Pantheon, 9/7)  4 of 4 stars

Vermilion Drift, William Kent Krueger, (Atria, 9/7) 3 of 4 stars

9/13 Books

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press (August 24, 2010), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Skippy Dies, Paul Murray, Faber & Faber (August 31, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Last Night at Chateau Marmont, Atria (August 17, 2010), Lauren Wisberger, 3 of 4 stars

The Good Daughters, Joyce Maynard, Morrow (August 24, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Body Work, Sara Partsky, Putnam (August 31, 2010) 3 of 4 stars

9/6 Books

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen, FSG, (August 31, 2010), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Pain Chronicles, Melanie Thernstrom, FSG, (August 17, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Last Talk with Lola Faye, Thomas H. Cook, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 7, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise, Doubleday, (August 10, 2010) 4 of 4 stars

How to Become a Scandal, Metropolitan Books (August 31, 2010), 3.5 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New Memoirs:

What We Have, Amy Boesky

Color Blind, Precious Williams

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elizabeth Tova Bailey

8/30 Books

I’d Know You Anywhere, Laura Lippman, (Morrow, 8/17/10), 4 of 4 stars

My Hollywood, Mona Simpson, (Knopf, 8/3/10), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva, (Putnam, 7/20/10) 4 of 4 stars

8/23 Books

I’m with Fatty, Edward Ugel, Weinstein Books – (2010-08-24), 3.5 of 4 stars

Let’s Take the Long Way Home, Random House – (2010-08-10), Gail Caldwell, 3 of 4 stars

How to Be and American Housewife, Putnam – (2010-08-05), Margaret Dilloway, 4 of 4 stars


Great Reads; Fiction Debuts

Bill Warrington’s Last Chance, James King, Viking – (2010-08-05)

Juliet, Anne Fortier, Ballantine Books – (2010-08-24)

Simply From Scratch, Alicia Bessette, Dutton Adult – (2010-08-05)

8/16 Books

Star Island, Carl Hiasson, Knopf, 4 of 4 stars

Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shtenygart, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Stuff That Never Happened, Crown, Maddie Dawson, 3 of 4 stars

8/9 Books

Interview with Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Ramona (movie is about to launch), HarperColins

Murder at Mansfield Park, Lynn Shepherd, St. Martin’s Griffin (July 20, 2010); 3.5 of 4 stars

What Is Left the Daughter, Howard Norman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (July 6, 2010); 3.5 of 4 stars

8/2 Books

Red Hook Road, Ayelet Waldman, Doubleday, 3 of 4 stars

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Dutton, Rob Sheffield, 4 of 4 stars

Lucy, Laurence Gonzales, Knopf, 3 of 4 stars

7/26 Books

Zoo Story, Thomas French, Hyperion, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Fly Away Home, Atria/S&S, Jennifer Weiner, 3.5 of 4 stars

7/19 Books

The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman, Dial Press, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Little Girl Blue, Randy L. Schmidt, Chicago Review Press, 3 of 4 stars

They’re Watching, Gregg Hurwitz, St. Martin’s Press, 3 of 4 stars

The Lovers, Vendela Vida, Ecco, 3 of 4 stars

7/12 Books

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M, Sam Wasson, HarperStudio, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

It All Began in Monte Carlo, Elizabeth Adler, St. Martin’s Press, 3 of 4 stars

This Must Be The Place, Kate Racculia, Holt, 4 of 4 stars

On the Outskirts of Normal, Debra Monroe, Southern Methodist University Press, 3 of 4 stars

7/5 Books

One Day, David Nicholls, Vintage, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown, 2.5 of 4 stars

Finding Chandra, 3.5 of 4 stars

6/26 Books

A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley

Beautiful Maria Of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos

Still Missing, Chevy Stevens

Pray For Silence, Linda Castillo

Backseat Saints, Joshilyn Jackson

The Island, Elin Hilderbrand

Neighborhood Watch, Cammie Mcgovern

Fragile, Lisa Unger

The Summer We Read Gatsby, Danielle Ganek

Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis

Cakewalk, Kate Moses

Marcus Of Umbria, Justine VAN DER Leun

6/21 Books

Walking Papers, Francesco Clark, Hyperion, 4 of 4 stars

Promises to Keep, Jane Green, Viking, 3 of 4 stars

Dear Money by Martha McPhee,Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 4 of 4 stars

6/14 Books

The Passage, Justin Cronin, Ballantine, 3 of 4 stars

Heart of the Matter, Emily Giffin, St. Martin’s, 3 of 4 stars

Seven Year Switch, Claire Cook, Voice, 3 of 4 stars

Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens, Twelve, 4 of 4 stars

Where’s My Wand?, Eric Poole, Amy Einhorn/Putnam, 4 of 4 stars

Welcome to Utopia, Karen Valby, Spiegel & Grau, 4 of 4 stars

The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall, Norton, 4 of 4 stars

6/7 Books

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Doubleday, Aimee Bender, 4 of 4 stars

Peep Show, Joshua Braff, Algonquin, 4 of 4 stars

Spent, Avis Cardella, Little, Brown, 3 of 4 stars

5/31 Books

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson, Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars

Give + Take, Stona Fitch, Thomas Dunne/St. Martins, 3.5 of 4 stars

Foxy, Pam Grier, Grand Central, 3.5 of 4 stars

5/24 Books

War, Sebastian Junger, Twelve/Grand Central, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster, NAL, 3 of 4 stars

Last Call, Daniel Okrent, Scribner, 4 of 4 stars

5/17 Books

Spoken from the Heart, Laura Bush, Scribner, 3 of 4 stars

The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore, Spiegel & Grau, 3 of 4 stars

Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok, Riverhead, 3 of 4 stars

Spoon Fed, Kim Severson, Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars

The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis, Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars

5/10 Books

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Innocent by Scott Turow

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

5/3 Books

Stuff, Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, People Pick and 4 of 4 stars

The Bedwetter, Sarah Silverman, Harper, 4 of 4 stars

Scent of the Missing, Susannah Charleson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3.5 of 4 stars

Lies of the Heart, Michelle Boyajian, Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, Steve Almond, Random House, 4 of 4 stars

4/26 Books

Men and Dogs, Katie Crouch, Little, Brown, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Lake Shore Limited, Sue Miller, Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars

Nowhere to Run, C.J. Box, Putnam, 4 of 4 stars

4/19 Books

The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli, St. Martins, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Swimming Pool, Holly LeCraw, Doubleday, 3 of 4 stars

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub, Twelve, 4 of 4 stars

Something Red, Jennifer Gilmore, Scribner, 3 of 4 stars

The Last Time I Saw You, Elisabeth Berg, Random House, 3 of 4 stars

A Ticket to the Circus, Norris Church Mailer, Random House, 4 of 4 stars

Dimanche, Irene Nemirovsky, Vintage, 3.5 of 4 stars

“Great Reads”

Us, Lisa Oz, Free Press

You Look Fine, Really, Christie Mellor, Morrow

Just Let Me Lie Down, Kristin van Ogtrop, Little, Brown


Secrets of Jewish Mother, Jill Zarin, Dutton

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben, Times Books

Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland, Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden, Sellers Publishing (photo book)

4/12 Books

Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott, Riverhead, 3 of 4 stars

Solar, Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, 3 of 4 stars

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

Easy for You, Shannon Rouss, S&S original pbk, 3 of 4 stars


Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles, Pantheon

Heaven, Lisa Miller, Harper

4/5 Books

Paul And Me, A.E. Hotchner , 3 of 4 stars
Love In Mid Air, Kim Wright, 3.5 of 4 stars
The Mapping Of Love And Death. Jacqueline Winspear, 3.5 of 4 stars
Caught .Harlan Coben, 3.5 of 4 stars

Lost, Alice Lichtenstein
Fragile Beasts, Tawni O’dell
The Hole We’re In, Gabrielle Zevin

3/29 Books

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Delacorte, Alan Bradley, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

A Thousand Cuts, Simon Lelic, Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

Imperfect Endings, Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, S&S, 3.5 of 4 stars

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Lee Smith, Algonquin, 4 of 4 stars

The Heights, Peter Hedges, Dutton, 3 of 4 stars


Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy, Kim Levin, Christine Montaquila, Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Shift Your Habit, Three Rivers Press/Crown, Elizabeth Rogers

The Best of Friends: Martha and Me, Harper, Mariana Pasternak

3/22 Books

The Surrendered, Chang Rae Lee, Riverhead, 3 of 4 stars

The Opposite of Me, Sarah Pekkanen, Washington Square Press, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Irresistible Henry House, Random House, Lisa Grunwald,

3/15 Books

Angelology, Danielle Trussoni, Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Ask, Sam Lipsyte, FSG, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Man from Saigon, Marti Leimbach, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 3.5 of 4 stars

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui, Three Rivers Press, 4 of 4 stars

The Wild Zone, Joy Fielding, Atria, 3 of 4 stars

So Much for That, Lionel Shriver, Harper, 3 of 4 stars

3/8 Books

House Rules, Jodi Picoult, Atria, 4 of 4 stars

Union Atlantic, Adam Haslett, Talese/Doubleday, 3.5 of 4 stars

Saving Gracie, Carol Bradley, Howell Book House,  4 of 4 stars

Keeping the Feast, Paula Butturini, Riverhead, 3.5 of 4 stars

“Great Reads”

The Three Weissmanns of Westport, FSG, Cathleen Schine

Brava Valentine, Harper, Adriana Trigiani

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Random House, Helen Simonson

3/1 Books

The Postmistress, Sarah Blake, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 3 of 4 stars

Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt, Ecco, 3 of 4 stars

The Last Train from Hiroshima, Holt, Charles Pellegrino, 3.5 of 4 stars

Winter Garden, Kristen Hannah, St. Martin’s Press, 3.5 of 4 stars

2/22 Books

Model Home, Eric Puchner, 4 of 4 stars

The Wife’s Tale, Lori Lansens, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Whale, Philip Hoare, 4 of 4 stars

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn, 3.5 of 4 stars

2/15 Books

Marry Him by Lori Gottlieb, 3 of 4 stars

Healing Hearts, Kathy E. Magliato, 4 of 4 stars

2/8 Books

Devotion, Dani Shapiro. 4 0f 4 stars and a People Pick

Making the Rounds with Oscar, David Dosa, MD, 3.5 of 4 stars

2/1 Books

The Brightest Star in the Sky, Marian Keyes, 3.5 of 4 stars

Notes from the Cracked Ceiling, Kornblut, Anne E., 3.5 of 4 stars

1/25 Books

Roses, Leila Meacham, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, Kate Braestrup, 3.5 of 4 stars

Fun with Problems, Robert Stone, 3.5 of 4 stars

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman, 3 atars

1/18 Books

Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Amy Bloom, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Star, Peter Biskind, 3.5 of 4 stars

Wench, Dalen Perkins-Valdeza, 3.5 of 4 stars

Not My Daughter, Barbara Delinsky, 3.5 of 4 stars

1/11 Books

Noah’s Compass, Anne Tyler, 3 of 4 stars