PEOPLE Book Review Index, 2013

People does not offer an online index to their reviews. Below is EarlyWord’s index to reviews from 2013.

The indices to previous years are archived here.

Links from the dates, below, are to the book section for each issue when available (People archives the complete issues on, several weeks after publication); title links are to information from the publishers’ catalogs.


12/30 Book Review Section


1) Tenth of December,  George Saunders, (Random House)

2) The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Hachette/Little, Brown

3) Going Clear: Scientology, Celebrity, and the Prison of Belief, (RH/Knopf)

4) The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer, (Penguin/Riverhead)

5) The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri, (RH/Knopf)

6) Johnny Carson, Henry Bushkin, HMH

7) The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty, (Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

8) Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala, RH/Knopf

9) Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, (S&S)

10) The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan, (RH/Knopf)

12/23/13 — Book Review Section — Holiday Gift Guide

Penguin Drop Caps Series

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lee Mendelson, HarperCollins/It Books

The Wizard of Oz : The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, Jay Scarfone and William Stillman, HarperDesign

Skyscrapers, Judith Dupre, Workman/Black Dog & Leventhal

Before They Pass Away, Jimmy Nelson, teNeues Publishing

India, Eric Meola, Welcome Books

All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release, Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin, Workman/Black Dog & Leventhal

Hollywood in Kodachrome, Daviid Wills, HarperCollins/It Books

Verve, Richard Havers, Thames & Hudson

Remodelista, Julie Carlson, Workman/Artisan

Much Loved, Mark Nixon, Abrams

At Home, Bill Bryson, RH/Doubleday

Giraffe Reflections, Dale Peterson and Karl Ammann, University of California Press

The Big New Yorker Book of CatsRandom House

Shake, Carli Davidson, Harper Design

Audio Books:

Matilda, Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet, Penguin Audio

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien, read by Brian Crsnston, Brilliance Audio

The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin, read by Meryl Streep, S&S Audio


Dot, Randi Zuckerberg, HarperCollins

Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins, Scholastic

My Pen Pal, Santa, Melissa Stanton, Random House BYR

Locomotive, Brian Floca, S&S/Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books


Boxers & Saints, Gene Luen Yang, Macmillan/First Second

Go, Chip Kidd, Workman

12/16/13 Book Review Section

The Gods of Guilt,  Michael Connelly, Hachette/Little, Brown, 3 of 4 stars

Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh, S&S/Touchstone, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Vatican Waltz, Roland Merullo, RH/Crown, 3 of 4 stars

City of Lost Dreams, Magnus Flyte, Penguin, 4 of 4 stars

Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage, Rob Delaney, RH/Spiegel & Grau, 3.5 of 4 stars


We Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Brilliance/Grand Harbor Press

12/09/13 Book Review Section

The Supreme Macaroni Company, Adriana Trigiani, Harper, 3 of 4 stars

The Death of Santini, Pat Conroy, RH/Nan A. Talese, 3.5 of 4 stars


Masterminds and Wingmen, RH/Harmony, Rosalind Wiseman

12/02/13 Book Review Section

Someone Else’s Love Story, HarperCollins/Morrow, Joshilyn Jackson, 3.5 of 4 stars

Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith, S&S, 3.5 of 4 stars

A Permanent Member of the Family, Russell Banks, HarperCollins/Ecco, 3 of 4 stars

Knitting Yarns, Ann Hood, Norton , 4 of 4 stars


Staying Strong, Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, Demi Lovato


Bargain Fever, Penguin/Portfolio Mark Ellwood

New Books For Dog Lovers To Curl Up With:

Dog Shaming, Pascale Lemire, RH/Three Rivers Press

How To Train Your Boss To Roll Over, Wendy Diamond, Changing Lives Press

Paper Pups, Daniel Stark, powerHouse Books

Pure Joy, Danielle Steel, RH/Delacorte Press

11/25/13 Book Review Section

A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston, S&S/Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Penguin Press, 4 of 4 stars

Stella Bain, Anita Shreve, Hachette/Little, Brown, 3.5 of 4 stars

New in Fiction:

Lies You Wanted To Hear, Sourcebooks Landmark, James Whitfield Thomson

Havisham, Macmillan/Picador, Ronald Frame

Accused,Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, Lisa Scottoline


When Will The Heaven Begin?, Penguin/NAL, Ally Breedlove

Fall Cookbooks:

One Good Dish, Workman/Artisan, David Tanis

The New Midwestern Table,RH/Clarkson Potter, Amy Thielen

Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen, Macmillan/Rodale, Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion

Moosewood Restaurant Favorites, Macmillan /St. Martin’s Griffin, The Moosewood Collective

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Hachette/Grand Central, Emily Elsen & Melissa Elsen

11/18 Book Review Section

Johnny Cash: The Life, Robert Hilburn, Hachette/Little, Brown, 4 of 4 stars

Sycamore Row, John Grisham, RH/Doubleday, 3.5 of 4 stars

Mrs. Poe, Lynn Cullen, S&S/Gallery, 3.5 of 4 stars


LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment, Hachette/Life

11/11 Book Review Section

 The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan, HarperCollins/Ecco, 3 of 4 stars

Nicholson: A Biography, Marc Eliot, RH/Crown Archetype, 3 of 4 stars

The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood, Roger Rosenblatt, HarperCollins/Ecco, 4 of 4 stars

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, Anne Lamott, Penguin/Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars


Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps
Dave Isay, Penguin Press
The Most of Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron, RH/Knopf


Scandal: A Manual, George Rush, Joanna Molloy, Skyhorse Publishing
Caffe Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse, Jocelyn Arem, Joe Alper, Tim Robbins, powerHouse Books

11/4 Book Review Section

Quiet Dell, Jayne Anne Phillips, S&S/Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

Longbourn, Jo Baker, RH/Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars


Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., RH/Ballantine

The Wolves of Midwinter: The Wolf Gift Chronicles, Anne Rice, RH/Knopf

The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson, Grove Press


Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life, Melissa Joan Hart, Macmillan/St. Martin’s

Coreyography: A Memoir, Corey Feldman, Macmillan/St. Martin’s

All in All: An Actor’s Life On and Off the Stage, Stacy Keach, Lyon’s Press

This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, Gavin MacLeod, Mark Dagostino, Thomas Nelson

The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life, Tory Johnson, HMHHachette/Hyperion

10/28 Book Review Section

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Hachette/Little, Brown, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, Wendy Lower, 3.5 of 4 stars


Lola Bensky, Lily Brett, Counterpoint

Dirty Love, Andre Dubus III, Norton

Blowback, Valerie Plame, Sarah Lovett, Penguin/Blue Rider Press


Stories from Dear Life, RH/Knopf: “Royal Beatings,” “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” “Amundsen”


Johnny Carson, Henry Bushkin, HMH

10/21 Book Review Section

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding, (RH/Knopf), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

One Summer: America, 1927, Bill Bryson, (RH/Doubleday), 4 of 4 stars

Interview — My Story, Elizabeth Smart, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s)

10/14 Book Review Section

The Signature of All Things. Elizabeth Gilbert, (Penguin/Viking), 4 of 4 stars

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell, (Hachette/Little, Brown), 4 of 4 stars

Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff, (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile), 4 of 4 stars

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Stephen Jimenz, (Steerforth), 4 of 4 stars

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding, (RH/Knopf)

10/7 Book Review Section

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King, (S&S/Scribner) 3.5 of 4 stars and a “People Pick”

Enon, Paul Harding, (Random House) 3.5 of 4 stars

Nine Inche: Stories, Tom Perrotta, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press), 3 of 4 stars

The Edge of Normal, Carla Norton, (Macmillan/Minotaur) 3 of 4 stars

Help for the Haunted, john Searles, (HarperCollins/Morrow), 3 of 4 stars


Raising My Rainbow (paper original)Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son, Lori Duron, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, (RH/Broadway)

Mastering the Art of Soviet CookingA Memoir of Food and Longing, Anya Von Bremzen, (RH/Crown)

The Dark Path: A Memoir, David Schickler, (Penguin/Riverhead)


Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, Linda Ronstadt, (S&S)


It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself, Laura Wasser, (Macmillan/ St. Martin’s)

The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, (S&S/Atria)

9/30 Book Review Section

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri, (RH/Knopf) 4 of 4 stars and a “People Pick”

Tinderbox, Lisa Gornick, (Macmillan/FSG), 4 of 4 stars

The Affairs of Others, Amy Grace Loyd, (Macmillan/Picador), 3 of 4 stars


I Don’t KnowIn Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t), Leah Hager Cohen, (Penguin/Riverhead)

Five Days At Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink, (RH/Crown)

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, John Bradshaw (Basic Books)


Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc., Delia Ephron, (Penguin/Blue Rider)

Still Foolin’ ‘Em : Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?, Billy Crystal, (Macmillan/Holt)

9/23 Book Review Section


Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding, (RH/Knopf)

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert, (Penguin/Viking)

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, (Hachette/Little, Brown)

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King, (S&S/Scribner)

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri, (RH/Knopf)

We Are Water, Wally Lamb, (Harper)

A House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout, (S&S/Scribner)

Who Asked You?, Terry McMillan, (Penguin/Viking)

Simple Dreams, Linda Ronstadt, (Simon & Schuster)

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion, (Simon & Schuster)

The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan, (HarperCollins/Ecco)

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, (Hachette/Little, Brown)

9/16 Book Reviews Section

Someone, Alice McDermott, (Macmillan/FSG) 3.5 of 4 stars

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida, David Mitchell, (Random House), 3.5 of 4 stars

Margot, Jillian Cantor, (Penguin/Riverhead Trade), 3.5 of 4 stars


Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet, Keith Lovegrove, (Laurence King Publishers)


One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine, Brandan Reilly, (S&S/Atria)

My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation, Molly Haskell, (Penguin/Viking)

The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences…and hysteria, Simon Doonan, (Penguin/Blue Rider Press)

9/9 Book Reviews Section

The Returned, Jason Mott, (Harlequin MIRA), 4 of 4 stars and a “People Pick”

Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press), 4 of 4 stars

Early Decision, Lacy Crawford, (HarperCollins/Morrow ), 3.5 of 4 stars


Skinnygirl Solutions, Bethenny Frankel, (S&S/Touchstone)

9/2 Book Reviews Section

The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon, (Bloomsbury USA), 3.5 of 4 stars

Queen’s Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle, (S&S), 3.5 of 4 stars

Night Film, Marisha Pessl, (Random House), 4 of 4 stars

How The Light Gets In, Louise Penny, (Macmillan/Minotaur), 4 of 4 stars

Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra, (HarperCollins/William Morrow Paperback original), 3.5 of 4 stars


Babayaga, Toby Barlow, (Macmillan/FSG)

After Her, Joyce Maynard, (HarperCollins/William Morrow)

The Violet Hour, Katherine Hill, (S&S/Scribner)

Remembering Elmore Leonard: Titles to try

Rum Punch, (HarperCollins/William Morrow Paperbacks)

The Switch, (HarperCollins/William Morrow Paperbacks)

Swag, (HarperCollins/William Morrow Paperbacks)

8/26 Book Reviews Section

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride, Penguin/Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes, (Penguin/Pamela Dorman), 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New AudioBooks:

Heartburn, Nora Ephron, (RH/BOT)

The Silent Wife, A. S. A. Harrison, (Blackstone Audio)

Ask Bob, Peter Gethers, (Blackstone Audio)

8/19 Book Reviews Section

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, (S&S), 4 of 4 stars

Sandrine’s Case, Thomas H. Cook, (Perseus/Mysterious Press), 3 of 4 stars

Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, Sarah Butler, (Penguin Press), 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New in Paperback

Dear Life: Stories, Alice Munro, (RH/Knopf)

The Casual Vacancy, J. K. Rowling, (Hachette/Back Bay)

Shine Shine Shine, Lydia Netzer, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin)

8/12 Book Reviews Section

The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty, (Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Paris Was the Place, Susan Conley, (RH/Knopf), 4 of 4 stars

Coming Clean: A Memoir, Kimberly Rae Miller, (HMH/New Harvest) 4 of 4 stars

The Night of the Comet, George Bishop, (RH/Ballantine), 4 of 4 stars

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker, (Penguin/Pamela Dorman Books), 3 of 4 stars


A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, James Bowen, (Macmillan /Thomas Dunne Books)

Great Reads: New in Nonfiction

JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President, Thurston Clarke, (Penguin Press)

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, Rob Sheffield, (HarperCollins/It Books)

The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving, Leigh Gallagher, (Penguin/Portfolio)

Best New Kids’s Books

Crankee Doodle, Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell, (HMH/Clarion Books)

The Dark, Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen, (Hachette /Little, Brown BYR)

Ol’ Mama Squirrel, David Ezra Stein, (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books)

Journey, Aaron Becker, (Candlewick)

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff, (RH/Knopf)

Doll Bones, Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler, (S&S/Margaret K. McElderry)

8/5 Book Reviews Section

Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel, Sarah Dunant, (Random House), 4 of 4 stars

The English Girl, Daniel Silva, (Harper), 4 of 4 stars

The White Princess, Philippa Gregory, (S&S/Touchstone), 3.5 of 4 stars

On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story, Hannah Weyer, (RH/Nan A. Talese), 4 of 4 stars

Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch, Barbara A. Perry, (Norton), 4 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New in Fiction

The Exiles, Allison Lynn, (HMH/New Harvest)

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth L. Silver. (RH/Crown)

The Measures Between Us, Ethan Hauser, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury USA)


This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital, Mark Leibovich, (Penguin/Blue Rider Press)

Shirley Jones: A Memoir, Shirley Jones, (S&S/Gallery Books)

7/29 Book Reviews Section

Cuckoo’s Calling, J.K, Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, (Hachette/Grand Central/Mulholland), 3.5 of 4 stars

& Sons, David Gilbert, (Random House), 3.5 of 4 stars

Big Girl Panties, Stephanie Evanovich, (HarperCollins/Morrow), 3.5 of 4 stars

7/22 Book Reviews Section

The Light in the Ruins, Chris Bohjalian, (RH/Doubleday), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Fin & Lady, Cathleen Schine, (Macmillan/FSG/Chrichton), 4 of 4 stars

Kiss Me First, Lottie Moggach, (RH/Doubleday), 3 of 4 stars

The Lemon Orchard, Luanne Rice, (Penguin/Pamela Dorman), 3 of 4 stars

Blue Plate Special, Kate Christensen, (RH/Doubleday), 4 of 4 stars

The Unknowns, Gabriel Roth, (Hachette/Reagan Arthur), 3.5 of 4 stars

7/15 Book Reviews Section

Visitation Street, Ivy Pochoda, (HarperCollins/Ecco/Dennis Lehane), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence, (Hachette/Redhook), 3.5 of 4 stars

Freud’s Mistress, Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman, (Penguin/Putnam/Einhorn), 4 of 4 stars

Mother Daughter Me,  Katie Hafner, (Random House), 3 of 4 stars


Dogs Who Smile, Virginia Woof, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin)

7/8 Book Reviews Section

Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink-And How They Can Regain Control, Gabrielle Glaser, (S&S), 3.5 of 4 stars

Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family, David Berg, (S&S/Scribner), 3.5 of 4 stars

Killer Ambition, Marcia Clark, (Hachette/Mulholland Books), 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New in Fiction

Damn Love, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, (Perseus/PGW/Consortium/Ig Publishing)

Claudia Silver to the Rescue, Kathy Ebel, (HMH)

7/1 Book Reviews Section

Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld, (Random House), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, Elizabeth Kelly, (Norton/Liveright), 3.5 of 4 stars


Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul A. Offit, (Harper)

7/1 Feature Story

The Astronaut’s Wives Club: A True Story, Lily Koppel, (Hachette/Grand Central)

6/24 Book Reviews Section

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman, (HarperCollins/Morrow), 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Why of Things, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop, (S&S), 3 of 4 stars

Till Human Voices Wake Us(Amazon CreateSpace), 3 of 4 stars


The Son, Philipp Meyer, (Harper/Ecco)

The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession, Charlie Lovett, (Penguin/Viking)

On Sal Mal Lane, Ru Freeman, (Graywolf)


Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe, Rebecca Bailey, Elizabeth Bailey, Terry Probyn, (S&S)

6/17 Book Reviews Section

Big Brother: A Novel, Lionel Shriver, (Harper) 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World, Nancy Jo Sales (HarperCollins/IT), 3.5 of 4 stars

Sparta: A Novel, Roxana Robinson, (Macmillan/FSG/Crichton), 4 of 4 stars

Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, (RH/Doubleday), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Lullaby of Polish Girls, Dagmara Dominczy, (RH/Spiegel & Grau), 3.5 of 4 stars


The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog, Jen Lancaster, (Penguin/NAL)

World War Z (Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks, (RH/Broadway)

6/10 Book Reviews Section
Great Summer Reads:

Ladies’ Night, Mary Kay Andrews, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 6/4)

Sisterland: A Novel, Curtis Sittenfeld, (Random House, 6/25)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, (Penguin/Marian Wood, 5/30)

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, Lily Koppel, (Hachette/Grand Central, 6/11)

The Silver Star: A Novel, Jeannette Walls, (S&S/Scribner, 6/11)

TransAtlantic, Colum McCann, (Random House, 6/4)

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman, (Macmillan/Holt, 7/16)

A Hundred Summers, Beatriz Williams, (Putnam, 5/30)

Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen, (RH/Knopf, 6/11)

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel, Anton DiSclafani, (Penguin/Riverhead, 6/4)

The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan, (RH/Knopf, 6/11)

The Widow Waltz, Sally Koslow, (Penguin/Viking, 6/13)

6/03 (Double Issue)

Book Reviews Section

And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hossein, (Penguin/Riverhead), 4 of 4 stars, People Pick

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo, (Hachette/Little, Brown/Arthur), 3.5 of 4 stars

Inferno, Dan Brown, (RH/Doubleday), 3.5 of 4 stars

She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me, Emma Brockes, (Penguin Press) 3 of 4 stars

The Star Attraction, Alison Sweeney, (Hachette/Hyperion), 3 of 4 stars

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, Emily Matchar, (S&S) 3.5 of 4 stars


VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, with Gavin Edwards, (S&S/Atria)

From Our Contributors:

Is This Tomorrow, Caroline Leavitt, (Workman/Algonquin)

5/27 Book Reviews Section

The Outsider: A Memoir, Jimmy Connors, (Harper), 3.5 of 4 stars

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, Josh Hanagarne, (Penguin/Gotham), 3.5 of 4 stars

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year, Kjerstin Gruys,(Penguin/Avery), 3.5 of 4 stars

Flora, Gail Godwin, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury), 3.5 of 4 stars

The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey, (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile), 3.5 of 4 stars


Raising the Bar, Gabrielle Douglas, (Zonderkids)

5/20 Book Reviews Section

Lead — Author Interview:

Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction–and My Own, Mika Brzezinski, (Perseus/Weinstein)

The Lost Husband: A Novel, Katherine Center (RH/Ballantine trade paper original), 3.5 of 4 stars

Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents, Jane Aronson, (Penguin/Tarcher), 3 of 5 stars

Author Interview:

Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel, Lauren Graham, (RH/Ballantine)

5/13 Book Reviews Section

The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud, (RH/Knopf)3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Humanity Project, Jean Thompson, (Penguin/Blue Rider), 3 of 4 stars

Somebody To Love, Kristan Higgins, (Harlequin), 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New in Nonfiction

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, Mitchell Zuckoff, (Harper)

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, Rod Dreher, (Hachette/Grand Central)

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, Charles Graeber, (Hachette/Twelve)

Spot Interviews:

Hillbilly Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus, Todd Gold, (HMH)

Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected), Elisabeth Rohm, (Perseus/Da Capo)

5/6 Book Reviews Section

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris, (Hachette/Little, Brown), 3.5 of 4 stars

Palisades Park, Alan Brennert, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Smart One, Jennifer Close,(RH/Knopf), 3 of 4 stars

The Movement of Stars: A Novel, Amy Brill, (Penguin/Riverhead), 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: Memoirs

My Animals and Other Family, Clare Balding, (Penguin)

Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar, Kelly Oxford, (HarperCollins/It Books)

Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, Carol Burnett, (S&S)


The Lost Daughter: A Memoir, Mary Williams (Penguin/Blue Rider)

4/29 Book Reviews Section

The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir, George Estreich, (Penguin/Tarcher), 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir, Tom Sizemore, Anna David (S&S/Atria)

Great Reads: New in Fiction

A Nearly Perfect Copy, Allison Amend, (RH/Nan A. Talese)

The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner, (S&S/Scribner)

Amity & Sorrow, Peggy Riley, (Hachette/Little, Brown)

4/22 Book Reviews Section

The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer, (Penguin/Riverhead), 3.5 of 4 stars

Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, Jeff Chu, (Harper), 3 of 4 stars

The Mothers, Jennifer Gilmore, (S&S/ Scribner), 3.5 of 4 stars

Spot feature:

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, Gwyneth Paltrow, (Hachette/Grand Central)

4/15 Book Reviews Section

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson, (Hachette/Little,Brown/Reagan Arthur), 4 of 4 stars

The Best of Us, Sarah Pekkanen (S&S/ Washington Square Press Original trade pbk), 3.5 of 4 stars

Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a BearUnsinkable: A Memoir, Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway, (HarperCollins/Morrow)

Instant Mom, Nia Vardalos, (HarperCollins/HerperOne)

4/8 Book Reviews Section

The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars

Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, HarperCollins/Morrow Original Trade Pbk, 4 of 4 stars

Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars


Kate Gosselin’s Love Is in the Mix, Kate Gosselin, HCI Books

Excerpt: The Key is Love, Marie Osmond, Penguin/NAL

4/1 Book Reviews Section

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Family Pictures, Jane Green, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 3 of 4 stars

A Thousand Pardons, Jonathan Dee, Random House, 3.5 of 4 stars

Abide with Me, Sabin Willett, S&S, 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New in Nonfiction:

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, Virginia Morrell, RH/Crown

Her: A Memoir, Christa Parravani, Macmillan/Holt

Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala, RH/Knopf

3/25 Book Reviews Section

Lead Feature:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, RH/Knopf


Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, Lauren Drain, Hachette/Grand Central, 3 of 4 stars

Mary Coin, Marisa Silver, Penguin/Blue Rider, 4 of 4 stars

Indiscretion, Chalres Dubow, HarperCollins/Morrow, 3 of 4 stars

Spot features:

The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, Jessica Alba, Macmillan/Rodate

Newborn Puppies: Dogs in Their First Three Weeks, Traer Scott, Chronicle Books

3/18 Book Reviews Section

The Still Point of the Turning World, Emily Rapp, Penguin, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates, HarperCollins/Ecco, 4 of 4 stars

Gods and Beasts, Denise Mina, Hachette/Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur, 4 of 4 stars


Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss, Random House

Rita Moreno: A Memoir, Rita Moreno, Penguin/Celebra and Celebra Trade Spanish Edition

3/11 Book Reviews Section

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head, Jen Larsen, Seal Press, 4 of 4 stars

We Live in Water: Stories, Jess Walter, HarperPerenniel, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult, S&S/Atria/Emily Bestler, 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New Fiction

Autobiography of Us: A Novel by Aria Beth Sloss, Macmillan/Holt

As Sweet as Honey, Indira Ganesan, RH/Knopf

Wise Men: A Novel, Stuart Nadler

The Care & Keeping of You 2, Cara Natterson, American Girl

3/4 Book Reviews Section

A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy, RH/Knopf, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Dinner, Herman Koch, RH/Hogarth, 3 of 4 stars

Shouting Won’t Help, Katherine Bouton, Macmillan/FSG/Sarah Crichton, 3 of 4 stars

Great Reads: New In Fiction

The List, Karin Tanabe, Washington Square Press Pbk Original

Above All Things, Tanis Rideout, Penguin/Amy Einhorn

The Sound of Broken Glass, Deborah Crombie, Harper/Morrow

2/25 Book Reviews Section

Wash, Margaret Wrinkle, Grove/Atlantic, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, S&S/Free Press, Teddy Wayne, 3 of 4 stars

Frances and Bernard, Carlene Bauer, HMH, 3 of 4 stars

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Random House, 3 of 4 stars


Slim for Life, Jillian Michaels (RH/Harmony)

2/18 Book Reviews Section

The Pretty One, Lucinda Rosenfeld, Hachette/Little, Brown, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Living and Dying in Brick City, Sampson Davis, RH/Spiegel & Grau, 3.5 of 4 stars

Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang,  RH/Spiegel & Grau, 4 of 4 stars

Saturday Night Widows, Becky Aikman, RH/Crown, 3 of 4 stars


The Book of Times, Lesley Alderman, HarperCollins/Morrow Paperbacks

Wedding Dogs, Katie Preston Toepfer, Sam Stall, Quirk Books

2/11 Book Reviews Section

Schroder, Amity Gaige, Hachette/Twelve, 4 of 4 stars

Touch & Go, Lisa Gardner, Penguin/Dutton, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Aviator’s Wife, Melanie Benjamin, RH/Delacorte, 3.5 of 4 stars

Drinking with Men, Rosie Schaap, Penguin/Riverhead, 3 of 4 stars


The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy, Ursus Wehrli, Chronicle Books,

HitmakerThe Man and His Music, Tommy Mottola, Cal Fussman, Hachette/Grand Central

2/4 Book Reviews Section

Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless, S&S/Gallery, 4 of 4 stars

Backyard Parables, Margaret Roach, Hachette/Grand Central, 3 of 4 stars

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories, Jennifer Haigh, Harper, 3.5 of 4 stars

Feature: The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life, Michael Bolton, Hachette/Center Street

1/28 Book Reviews Section

The Good House, Ann Leary, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 4 of 4 stars and a People Pick

Truth in Advertising, John Kenney, S&S/ Touchstone, 3 of 4 stars

Interview: The Heavy, RH/Ballantine


Buried Memories, Katie Bears with Carolyn Gusoff, Title Town Publishing — excerpt

1/21 Book Reviews Section

The Painted Girls, Cathy Marie Buchanan, Penguin/Riverhead, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

She Matters, Susanna Sonnenberg, S&S/Scribner, 4 of 4 stars

The One I Left Behind, Jennifer McMahon, HarperCollins/Morrow, 3.5 of 4 stars

Elimination Night, Anonymous, HMH, 3 of 4 stars

Farewell, Fred Voodoo, Amy Wilentz, Simon & Schuster, 3 of 4 stars

1/14 Book Reviews Section

Me Before You, Jojo Moyes, Penguin/Pamela Dorman, 3.5 of 4 stars and a People Pick

The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond, Penguin/Viking, 3.5 of 4 stars

The History of Us, Leah Steward, S&S/Touchstone, 3 of 4 stars