PEOPLE Book Review Index, 2011

People does not offer an online index to their reviews. Below is EarlyWord’s index to reviews from 2011.

Links to the archives of indices from other years are here.

Links from the dates, below, are to the book section for each issue; title links are to information from each publisher’s catalog.


12/26 Books

Top Ten

  1. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, (RH/Knopf)
  2. Bossypants, Tina Fey, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Audio)
  3. Stories I Only Tell My FriendsRob Lowe, (Macmillan/Holt; Macmillan Audio)
  4. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson (HarperCollins/Ecco)
  5. Then Again, Diane Keaton, (RH/Random House; RH Audio)
  6. The Stranger’s ChildAlan Hollinghurst, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio)
  7. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, (S&S;  S&S Audio;  Large print, Thorndike; Spanish Edition, RH/Vintage Books)
  8. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett (Harper; Recorded BooksHarperLuxeHarperAudio)
  9. In Zanesville, Jo Ann Beard, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Audio, Dreamscape)
  10. The Paris Wife, Paula McLain (RH/Ballantine; Audio; Random House and Books On Tape)

12/19 Books

Picks for Kids

Just a Second, Steve Jenkins, HMH

Secrets at Sea, Richard Peck, RH/Dial

Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, Hachette/LBYR

The Phantom Tollbooth, The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, Norton Juster, HMH

I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen, Candlewick

Stars, Mary Lyn Ray, Beach Lane

The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater, Scholastic

Red Sled, Lita Judge, S&S Atheneum

Stuck, Oliver Jeffers, Philomel

Heart and Soul, Kadir Nelson, Harper/Balzer & Bray

12/12 Books

The Drop by Michael Connelly, Hachette/Little, Brown,3.5 of 4 stars

Prince Philip by Philip Eade, Macmillan/Holt, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo, S&S/Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

12/5 Books

Out of Oz, Gregory Maguire, Morrow/Harper, 4 of 4 stars

The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco, HMH, 3 of 4 stars

A Train in Winter, Caroline Moorehead, Harper, 3.5 of 4 stars

11/28 Books

V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton, Marian Wood Book/Putnam/Penguin, 4 of 4 stars

Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie, Random House,  3 of 4 stars

The Sisters, Nancy Jensen, St. Martin’s /Macmillan, 3 of 4 stars

Fall’s Best New Cookbooks:

The Family Meal, Ferran Adrià, Phaidon

The Food 52 Cookbook,  Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs, Morrow/HarperCollins

Lidia’s Italy in AmericaLidia Matticchio Bastianich, Knopf/RH

Martha’s Entertaining, Martha Stewart, Clarkson Potter/RH

Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi with intro by David Chang, Clarkson Potter/RH

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch — Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, Jennifer Reese, Free Press/S&S

11/21 Books

Cover: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, Scribner/S&S

Shockaholic, Carrie Fisher, S&S, 3.5 of 4 stars

Blue Nights, Joan Didion, Knopf/RH, 3.5 of 4 stars

11/22/63, Stephen King, 3.5 of 4 stars

11/14 Books

Interview; Mindy Kalin, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Crown/RH

Story; My Life, Deleted, Scott Bolzan, HarperOne

Truth and Consequences, Laurie Standell, Little, Brown, 3.5 of 4 stars

11/7 Books

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, S&S, 4 of 4 stars

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, 3 of 4 stars

10/31 Books

Sybil Exposed, Debbie Nathan, Free Press, 4 of 4 stars

1Q84Haruki Murakami, Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars

Holy Ghost Girl, Donna M. Johnson, Gotham/Penguin, 3.5 of 4 stars

Interview, Amy Poehler, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, Hyperion

10/24 Books

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, Knopf, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Night Strangers, Chris Bohjalian, Crown, 3 of 4 stars

10/17 Books

The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman, Scribner, 4 of 4 stars

It’s Hard Not to Hate You, Valerie Frankel, St. Martin’s, 3.5 of 4 stars

Interview, Anita Hill, Reimagining Equality, Beacon Press

10/10 Books

Cover Feature —  Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Hyperion

The Kitchen Counter Cooking SchoolHow a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, Kathleen Flinn, Viking, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Picks for Kids and Teens

Bumble Ardy, Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins, 9/6, (Ages 4 -8)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney, Scholastic, 11/15, (9 -12)

Bone Dog, Eric Rohmann, Roaring Brook Press, 7/19, (4 -8)

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, HarperTeen, 9/6, (Young Adult)

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I, Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis, Belzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 8/30, (9 and up)

Grandpa Green, Lane Smith, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 8/30, (5-9)

Glow, Amy Kathleen Ryan, St. Martin’s Griffin, 9/13, (9 and up)

10/03 Books

Hemingway’s BoatEverything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961, Paul Hendrickson, Knopf, 9/20, 4 of 4 stars

There but for the, Ali Smith, Pantheon, 9/13, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, Crown, 9/20, Joe McGinniss
Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs, Levi Johnston,Touchstone/S&S
Neither are rated, but the joint review of the two titles says “the lack of documentation undercuts both”

Great Reads in Fiction
The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson, Ecco, 8/1
This Burns My Heart, Samuel Park, S&S, July
The Language of FlowersVanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine, 8/23

9/26 Books

Great Fall Reads:


Upper Cut, Carrie White, Atria, 9/20

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend, Susan Orlean, S&S, 9/27

Seriously…I’m Kidding, Ellen De Generes, Grand Central, 10/4

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, Candice Millard, Doubleday, 9/20

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, Judy Collins, Crown, 10/18

Blue Nights, Joan Didion, Knopf, 11/1


We the Animals, Just Torres, HMH, 8/30

Falling Together, Marisa de lost Santos, Morrow, 10/4

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG, 10/11

The Taste of Salt, Martha Southgate, Algonquin, 9/13

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harback, Little, Brown, 9/7

9/19 Books

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern, Ballantine, 9/13, 3.5 of 4 stars

Goddess of Vengeance, Jackie Collins, Broadway/Macmillan, 9/13, 3 of 4 stars

Following Ezra:What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son, Tim Fields-Meyer, NAL/Penguin, 9/6. 3.5 of 4 stars

Birds of Paradise, Diana Abu-Jaber, Norton, 9/6, 4 of 4 stars

A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny, Minotaur/Macmillan, 4 of 4 stars

The Dog Who Knew Too Much, Spencer Quinn, Atria, S&S, 3 of 4 stars

Buzz Book: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, Simon Garfield, Gotham/S&S

9/12 Books

Blueprints for Building Better Girls, Elissa Schappell, S&S, 4 of 4 stars

Duty Free, Moni Mohsin, Broadway, 3 of 4 stars

What It Is Like to Go to War, Karl Marlantes, Atlantic Monthly Press, 4 of 4 stars

9/5 Books

Jane Fonda:The Private Life of a Public Woman, Patricia Bosworth, HMH, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Leftovers, Rom Perrotta, St. Martin’s, 3.5 of 4 stars

It’s All About the Dress: What I Learned in Forty Years About Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion, St. Martin’s, Vicky Tiel, 3 of 4 stars

The Most Dangerous Thing, Laura Lippman, 3 of 4 stars

9/11: Ten Years Later — People picks the “most powerful” of a new crop of books that mark the anniversary:

A Place of Remembrance: Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial, National Geographic Society, 8/9/11

After the FallNew Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years that Followed, Ed. by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith, The New Press, 9/2/11

Unmeasured Strength, Lauren Manning, Holt, 8/30/11

Where You Left Me, Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Gallery/S&S, 8/30/11

Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out about That Unthinkable Day, What He’s Learned, How He’s Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget, Michael Benfante, Skyhorse Publishing, 8/11/11

9/11: The World Speaks, Lyons Press, 8/16/11

8/29 Books

Wendy and the Lost Boys, Julie Salaman, Penguin Press, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Submission, FSG, Amy Waldman, 3 of 4 stars

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, 3 of 4 stars

Girls in White Dresses, Jennifer Close, Knopf, 3 of 4 stars

8/22 Books

The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson, Harper, 3.5 of 4 stars

Angelina’s Bachelors, Brian O’Reilly, Gallery/S&S, 3 of 4 stars

The Call, Yannick Murphy, HarperPerennial, 4 of 4 stars

8/15 Books


This Beautiful Life, Helen Schulman, Harper, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Rules of the Tunnel, Ned Zeman, Gotham/Penguin, 4 of 4 stars

The Nightmare Thief, Meg Gardiner, Dutton/Penguin, 3.5 of 4 stars

8/8 Books

Close Your Eyes, Amanda Eyre Ward, Random House (Audio, Books on Tape), 4 of 4 stars

Bed, David Whitehouse, Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

8/1 Books

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles, Viking (Audio, Penguin AudioBooks on Tape; ebook and audio, OverDrive);  4 of 4 stars

One Flight Up, Susan Fales-Hill, Atria/S&S (Audio, Tantor); 3 of 4 stars

It Looked Different on the Model, Laurie Notaro, Villard, Original Trade Pbk (Audio; Tantor ); 4 of 4 stars

7/25 Books

Conquistadora, Esmeralda Santiago, Knopf, 7/12; 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Summer of the Bear, Bella Pollen, Atlantic Monthly Press, 6/7; 3.5 of 4 stars

Then Came You, Jennifer Weiner, Atria, 7/12; 3.5 of 4 stars

Great Reads: Vacation Thrillers:

Never Knowing, Chevy Stevens, St. Martin’s, 7/5

The Silent Girl, Tess Gerritsen, Ballantine, 7/5

Eyes Wide Open, Andrew Gross, Morrow, 7/12

7/18 Books

The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, Rachel Shteir, Penguin Press, 6/30, 3.5 of 4 stars

Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante, Atlantic Monthly Press, 7/5, 4 of 4 stars

Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson, Harper, 6/14, 4 of 4 stars

Witches of East End, Melissa de La Cruz, Hyperion, 6/21, 3.5 of 4 stars

Plus an excerpt of Jaycee Dugard’s memoir, A Stolen Life, S&S, 7/12

7/11 Books

French Lessons, Ellen Sussman, Ballantine, 7/5, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Kid, Sapphire, Penguin Press, 7/5, 3.5 of 4 stars

You’re Next, Greg Hurwitz, St. Martin’s, 7/5, 3.5 of 4 stars

7/4 Books

Untold Story, Monica Ali, Scribner, 6/28/,  4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Alice Bliss, Laura Harrington, Pamela Dorman Books, 6/2, 4 of 4 stars

6/27 Books

Silver Girl, Elin Hilderbrand, Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown, 3 of 4 stars

White Shotgun, April Smith, Knopf, 3 of 4 stars

The Storm at the Door, Stefan Merrill Black, Random House, 4 of 4 stars


Sister, Rosamund Lupton, Crown, June 7 — a debut that is on several other summer reading lists

Marriage Confidential, Pamela Hagg, Harper, May 12 — Nonfiction; Subtitle: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules

Sisterhood Everlasting, Ann Brasheres, Random House, June 14 — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, ten years later

The Ghost of Greenwich Village, Lorna Graham, Ballantine, 6/28  – debut about a young woman who moves to NYC and finds her apartment has ghosts

Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson, Doubleday, 6/7 — there’s a lot of excitement about this debut which looks at what would happen if our technology banded together and took control (a world of Hal’s). Spielberg has the rights, but what is most important is that Nancy Pearl calls this a “really good book.”

The First Husband, Laura Dave, Viking, May 12 — People calls it a “fresh, funny take on the search for a soul-mate.”

Long Gone, Alafair Burke, Harper, 6/21 — People says this mystery/thriller is “fast-paced fun.”

Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan, Knopf, 6/14 — following up on her best-selling debut, Commencement, this book uses the seasonal cliche of a family coming together in a summer beach house.

The Astral, Kate Chirtensen, Doubleday, 6/14 — People calls it “delicious social satire by the author of The Great Man.”

The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler, FSG, 6/21 — One of the many books expected to be “the next Stieg Larsson.” It may have the goods;People calls it “spellbinding.”

Escape, Barbara Delinsky, Doubleday, July 5 — A woman fulfills her dream of escaping from her everyday world.

What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn/Putnam, June 2 –Alice wakes up thinking she’s 29 and in love with her husband, when she is really 39 and definitely not. From Amy Einhorn, an editor with a good track record for spotting the “sweet spot” between literary and commercial.

Summer Rental, Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin’s, June 7 — Set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, People says it is “worth a visit.”

6/13 Books

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett, Harper, 4 of 4 stars & a People Pick

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, Mark Seal, Viking/Penguin, 4 of 4 stars

La Seduction, Elaine Sciolino, Times Books, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Devil She Knows, Bill Loehfelm, FSG, 3.5 of 4 stars

6/6 Books

Dreams of Joy, Lisa See, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars

Vaclav & Lena, Haley Tanner, Dial, 3 of 4 stars

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, Brianna Karp, Harlequin Nonfiction, 3 of 4 stars

The Long Journey Home, Margaret Robison, Spiegel & Grau, 3.5 of 4 stars

What I Learned When I Almost Died, Chris Licht, S&S, 3 of 4 stars

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It’s Behind Me… Lisa Ann Walter, HarperOne, 4 of 4 stars

5/30 Books

Long Drive Home, Will Allison, 3.5 of 4 stars and a “People Pick”

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, Chelsea’s Family, Friends and Other Victims, 3.5 of 4 stars

5/23 Books

In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson, Crown, 9780307408846, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Year We Left Home, Jean Thompson, S&S, 9781439175880, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, HMH, 9780547327808, Andrew Westoll, 4 of 4 stars

5/16 Books

Lead; “Why I Love Sookie Stackhouse” (books by Charlaine Harris)

If You Were Here, Jen Lancaster, NAL, 9780451234384, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Coffins of Little Hope, Unbridled, Timothy Schaffert, 9781609530402, 4 of 4 stars

Faith, Jennifer Haigh, Harper, 9780060755805, 4 of 4 stars

5/9 Books

Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe, Holt, 9780805093292; 4 of 4 stars and a People PICK

Planting Dandelions, Kyran Pittman, Riverhead, 9781594488009; 4 of 4 stars

The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke, Riverhead, 9781594487989; 3.5 of 4 stars

The Watery Part of the World, Michael Parker, 9781565126824; 4 of 4 stars

5/2 Books

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet, Melissa Fay Greene, FSG, 9780374223069; 4 of 4 stars and a People PICK

The Pale King, David Foster Wallace, 2.5 of 4 stars

4/25 Books

Tina Fey, Bossypants, Reagan Arthur/Little Brown, 9780316056861; People Pick — interview

Touch, Alexi Zentner, Norton, 9780393079876; 3.5 of 4 stars

Swim Back to Me, Ann Packer, Knopf, 9781400044047; 3.5 of 4 stars

4/18 Books

This Life Is In Your Hands, Melissa Coleman, Harper, 9780061958328; 3.5 of 4 stars and a “People Pick”

The Bond, Wayne Pacelle, Morrow, 9780061969782; 3.5 of 4 stars

Gone With a Handsomer Man, Michael Lee West, Minotaur, 9780312571221; 3 of 4 stars

FeatureAll That Is Bitter and Sweet, Ashley Judd, Random House, 9780345523617

4/11 Books

The Uncoupling, Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead/Penguin, 9781594487880, 4/5/11, 4 of 4 stars and a People PICK

The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel, Crown/Random House, 9780517580516, 3/29/11, 2.5 of 4 stars

The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly, Little Brown/Hachette, 9780316069359, 4/5/11, 4 of 4

Bent Road, Lori Roy,Dutton/Penguin, 9780525951834, 3/31/11,  4 of 4

Excerpt: Christina Haag, Come to the Edge, Spiegal & Grau/Random House, 9780385523172, 3/29/11

4/4 Books

Started Early, Took My Dog, Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur/Little Brown, 9780316066730, 3/21/11, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, Bridget Asher, Bantam, Original Pbk, 9780385343916, 3/29/11, 3 of 4 stars

The Troubled Man, Henning Mankell, 9780307593498, 3/29/11, 4 of 4 stars

3/28 Books

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,  Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Harper, 9780061732379, 2/24/11; 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Behind the Palace Doors, Michael Farquhar, Random House original trade pbk, 9780812979046, 3/1/11; 3 of 4 stars

Night Road, Kristin Hannah, St. Martin’s, 9780312364427, 3/22/11; 3 of 4 stars

Excerpt: The Source of All Things: A Memoir, Tracy Ross, Free Press, 9781439172971, 3/8/11

3/21 Books

Moby-Duck, Donovan Hohn, Viking, 9780670022199, 3/3/11, 4 of 4 stars

The Trinity Six, Charles Cumming, St. Martin’s, 9780312675295, 3/15/11,  4 of 4 stars

Manning Up, Kay S. Hymowitz, Basic Books, 9780465018420, 3 of 4 stars

Bringing Adam Home, Les Standiford with Joe Matthews, Ecco Press, 9780061983900, 3/1/11, 3 of 4 stars

Witches on the Road Tonight, Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802119438, 3/1/11, Sheri Holman, 4 of 4 stars

3/14 Books

Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult, Atria, 9781439102725, 3/1/11, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Information, James Gleick, Pantheon, 9780375423727, 3/1/11, 3.5 of 4 stars

Emily and Einstein, Linda Francis Lee, St. Martin’s, 9780312382186, 3 of 4 stars

Skipping A Beat, Sarah Pekkanen, Washington Square Press, 9781451609820, 2/22/11, 3 of 4 stard

3/7 Books

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain, Ballantine, 9780345521309, 2/22/11, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Old Romantic, Riverhead, 9781594487798, 2/17/11, Louise Dean, 3.5 of 4 stars

Townie, Andre Dubus, Norton, 9780393064667, 2/28/11, 3.5 of 4 stars

History of a Suicide, Atria, 9781439101933, 2/15/11, 4 of 4 stars

Georgia Bottoms, Mark Childress, Little, Brown, 9780316033046, 2/23/11, 3 of 4 stars

And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Grand Central, 9780446556095, 2/23/11, Margaret Roach, 3.5 of 4 stars

2/28 Books

A Widow’s Story, Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco, 9780062015532, 3/1/11, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, Doubleday, 9780385510646, 2/8/11, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, 3 of 4 stars

Unless It Moves the Human Heart, Ecco, 9780061965616, 1/1/11, Roger Rosenblatt, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Death InstinctRiverhead, 9781594487828, 9781594487828, 1/20/11, Jed Rubenfeld, 3 of 4 stars

2/21 Books

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness, Viking, 9780670022410, 2/8/11; 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Morrow, 9780061997167, 2/1/11;  2.5 of 4 stars

A Tiger in the Kitchen, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Hyperion, 9781401341282, 2/1/11; 3 of 4 stars

2/14 Books

I Think I Love You, Allison Person, Knopf, 9781400042357, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell, Knopf, 9780307263995, 2/1/11, 4 of 4 stars

What to Read…after the Millennium trilogy

Black Seconds, Karin Fossum, HMH,9780151015276, 6/1/08

Three Seconds, Roslund & Hellstrom, Silver Oak, Sterling, 9781402785924, 1/4/11

Faceless Killers, Henning Mankell, Vintage/Knopf, 9781400031573, 1/14/03

2/7/11 Books

The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman, Crown, 1/25/11, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

You Know When the Men Are Gone, Siobhan Fallon, Einhorn/Penguin, 1/20/11, 3 of 4 stars

Separate Beds, Elizabeth Buchan, Viking/Penguin, 1/20/11, 3 of 4 stars

Buzz Book: Heaven Is for Real, Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, Thomas Nelson, 11/2/10

1/31/11 Books

Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein, Harper, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

J.D. Salinger, Kenneth Slawenski, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Winter of Our Disconnect, Susan Maushart, Tarcher, “Buzz Book”

1/24/11 Books

Twin, Allen Shawn, Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, Penguin Press, 3 of 4 stars

The Empty Family, Colm Toibin, Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

1/17/11 Books

Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland, Random House, 4 of 4 stars

Dirty Secret, Jessie Sholl, Gallery Books/S&S, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Lake of Dreams, Kim Edwards, Viking, 3 of 4 stars

1/10/11 Books

Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses, Claire Dederer, (FSG, 12/21), People Pick and 4 of 4 stars

Being Polite to Hitler, Robb Forman Dew, (Little, Brown, 1/6), 3.5 of 4 stars

Sea Change, Jeremy Page, (Viking, 12/2), 3 of 4 stars

Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone, Richard Settersten, (Bantam, 12/28), “Buzz Book”