PEOPLE Book Review Index, 2014

Below is EarlyWord’s index to reviews from in People magazine (the reviews do not appear online until several weeks after publication).

The indices to previous years are archived here.

Links from the dates, below, are to the book section for each issue when available; title links are to information from the publishers’ catalogs.


11/17  People Picks, #2 — “New Fall Cookbooks”

Make It Ahead, Ina Garten, (RH/Clarkson Potter)

Heritage, Sean Brok, (Workman/Artisan)

Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton, (Random House)

Good Fat Cooking, Franklin Becker, Peter Kaminsky, (Rodale)

Dinner: The Playbook, Jenny Rosenstrach, (RH/Ballantine)

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, Dina Cowin, (HarperCollins/Ecco)

Cooking Light We [Heart] Cooking! , Lily and Audrey Andrews, (Oxmoor House)

The Pizza Bible, Tony Gemignani, (Ten Speed Press)


Fully Alive, Timothy Shriver, (Macmillan/Sarah Crichton Books)

11/10 People Picks, #4  — “The Best New Books”

Hope: Entertainer of the Century, Richard Zoglin, (S%S)

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, Alexander McCall Smith, (RH/Pantheon)

Science…For Her!, Megan Amram, (S&S/Scribner)


You, Caroline Kepnes, (S&S/Atria/Emily Bestler)

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen, Charlie Lovett, (Penguin/Viking)

Nora Webster, Colm Toibin, (S&S/Scribner)

11/3 People Picks, #10  — “The Best New Books”

Us, David Nicholls, (Harper)

The Book of Strange New Things, Michael Faber, (RH/Hogarth)

Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed, Paul Austin, (Norton)

10/27 People Picks, #5  — Not My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming, (HarperCollins/Dey Street)


Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult, (RH/Ballantine)

Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Charles M. Blow, (HMH)

The Remedy For Love, Bill Roorbach, (Workman/Algonquin)

10/20  People Picks, #12 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Some Luck, Jane Smiley, (RH/Knopf)

Reunion, Hannah Pittard, (Hachette/Grand Central)

Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris, (RH/Crown Archetype)


Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Hector Tabor, (Macmillan/FSG)

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson, (S&S)

Even This I Get of Experience, Norman Lear, (Penguin)

10/13  People Picks, #12 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham, (Random House)

A Sudden Light, Garth Stein, (S&S)

Florence Gordon, Brian Morton, (HMH)

New Young Adult:

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, Liz Prince, (HMH/Zest Books)

I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson, (Penguin/Dial)

Althea & Oliver, Christina Moracho, (Penguin/Viking Juvenile)

10/6  People Picks, #8 — “The Best New Books”

 The “Book of the Week” — — How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, (Harper)

The Wonder of all Things, Jason Mott, (Harlequin.Mira)

Lady Parts, Andrea Martin, (Harper)


The Terrorist’s Son, Zak Ebrahim, (Simon & Schuster/ TED)

A Deadly Wandering, Matt Richtel, (HarperCollins/Morrow)

Daring: My Passages, Gail Sheehy,  (HarperCollins/Morrow)

9/29 People Picks, #6 — “The Best Books of The Fall”

Yes Please, Amy Poehler, (HarperCollins/Dey Street)

There Was a Little Girl, Brooke Shields, (Penguin/Dutton)

Us, David Nicholls, (Harper)

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel, (Macmillan/Holt(

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Jeff Hobbs, (S&S/Scribner)

Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris, (RH/Crown Archetype)

The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters, (Penguin/Riverhead)

Some Luck, Jane Smiley, (RH/Knopf)

9/22  People Picks, #12 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, (RH/Knopf)

Neverhome, Laird Hunt, (Hachette/Little, Brown)

Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker, (S&S)

9/15  People Picks, #5 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist, Betty Halbreich, Rebecca Paley, (Penguin Press)

Accidents of Marriage, Randy Susan Meyers, (S&S/Atria)

The Children Act, Ian McEwan, RH/Nan A. Talese


Women in Clothes, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, Penguin/ Blue Rider Press

Elvis & Ginger: Elvis Presley’s Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story, Ginger Alden, (Penguin/Berkley)

What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe, (HMH)

9/8  People Picks, #2 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — The Secret Place, Tana French, (Penguin/Viking)

The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell, (Random House)

The Organized Mind:Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel J. Levitin, (Penguin/Dutton)

9/1  People Picks, #12 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas, (S&S)

Small Blessings, Martha Woodroof, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s)

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, William Deresiewicz, (S&S/Free Press)


Like No Other, Una LaMarche, (Penguin/Razorbill)

Blind, Rachel DeWoskin, (Penguin/Viking Juvenile)

The Young World, Chris Weitz, (Hachette/Little, Brown Young Readers)

8/25  People Picks, #11 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Bittersweet: A Novel, Colleen McCullough, (S&S)

Bad Feminist: Essays, Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial

Secrets of the Lighthouse: A Novel, Santa Montefiore, S&S

8/18  People Picks, #11  — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” —  Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, S&S/Scribner

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, HMH

Dear Daughter, Elizabeth Little, Penguin/Viking

8/11  People Picks, #5   –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Big Little LiesLiane Moriarty, Penguin/Putnam/Amy Einhorn

The Fortune Hunter: A Novel, Daisy Goodwin, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

Lucky Us, Amy Bloom, Random House

8/4  People Picks, #6   –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Travels with Casey, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, S&S

A Man Called Ove: A Novel, Fredrik Backman, S&S/Atria

All I love and Know: A NovelJudith Frank, HarperCollins/Morrow


The Sweet Spot: A Novel, Stephanie EvanovichHarperCollins/Morrow

I Said Yes to Eveything: A Memoir, Lee Grant, Penguin/Blue Rider Press

Have a Nice Guilt Trip, Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

7/28  People Picks, #8   –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness, Penguin/Viking

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, Marja Mills, Penguin Press

The Hundred-Year HouseRebecca Makkai, Penguin/Viking

7/21  People Picks, #6   –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers, Penguin/Berkley

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel, Chris Bohjalian, RH/Doubleday

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing: A Novel, Mira Jacob, Random House


Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense, Kate White, Harper

The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel, Linda Castillo

That Night: A Novel, Chevy Stevens, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

7/14  People Picks, #12 — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — One Plus One: A Novel, Jojo Moyes, Penguin/Pamela Dorman

Friendship: A Novel, Emily Gould. Macmillan/FSG

Supersurvivors : The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, David B. Feldman, Lee Daniel Kravetz, HarperCollins/HarperWave

7/7  People Picks, #9   –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — The Arsonist: A novel, Sue Miller, Random House

Now I See You : A Memoir, Nicole C. Kear, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel, Kate Rorick, Bernie Su, S&S/Touchstone

6/30 People Picks, #7  — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), Hachette/Mulholland Books

All Fall Down: A Novel, Jennifer Weiner, S&S/Atria

Rogues, George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Gillian Flynn, et al, RH/Bantam

6/23 People Picks, #6  –“The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel, Courtney Maum, S&S/Touchstone

Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, Paul Raeburn, Macmillan/Scientific American/ FSG

Euphoria, Lily King, Atlantic Monthly Press

6/16 People Picks, #10  — “The Best New Books”

The “Book of the Week” — Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King, S&S/Scribner

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon, RH/Delacorte

China Dolls, Lisa See, Random House


The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins/Morrow Paperbacks

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris, Hachette/Back Bay Books

And the Mountains Echoed, Penguin/Riverhead Trade

6/9 Book Review Section


The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), June 19, Hachette/Mulholland Books

All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner, June 17, S&S/Atria Books

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, Laurel Braitman, June 10, Simon & Schuster

The Unexpected Waltz, Kim Wright, June 3, S&S/Gallery Books

The Fever, Megan Abbott, June 17, Hachette/Little, Brown

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes, July 1, Penguin/Pamela Dorman Books

Landline, Rainbow Rowell, July 8, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

The Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand, June 10, Hachette/Little, Brown

Life Drawing, Robin Black, July 15, Random House

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, Helen Rappaport, June 3, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

Friendship, Emily Gould, July 1, Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Summer House with Swimming Pool, Herman Koch, June 3, RH/Hogarth

6/2 Book Review Section

The Vacationers, Emma Straub, Penguin/Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars

Catching Air, Sarah Pekkanen, S&S/Washington Square Press (original trade pbk), 3 of 4 stars

5/26 Book Review Section

The Possibilities, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Simon & Schuster, 4 of 4 stars

The Last Kind Words Saloon,  Larry McMurtry, Norton/Liveright, 3 of 4 stars

Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, Jen Doll, 3 of 4 stars


Think Like a Freak CD: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, HarperAudio

The One & Only, Emily Giffin, Random House Audio

The Snow Queen, Michael Cunningham, Claire Danes, Macmillan Audio


Toni Braxton, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, HarperCollins/It Books


#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso, Penguin/Portfolio

5/19 Book Review Section

Bittersweet, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, RH/Crown. 3.5 of 4 stars

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir, Roz Chast, Macmillan/Bloomsbury. 3.5 of 4 stars


The Pink Suit, Nicole Mary Kelby, Hachette

‘Til the Well Runs Dry, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Macmillan/Holt

Astonish Me, Maggie Shipstead, RH/Knopf


Confessions of the World’s Best FatherDave Engledow, Penguin/Gotham

5/12 Book Review Section

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, Nina Stibbe, Hachette/Little, Brown, 3.5 of 4 stars

Black Chalk, Christopher J. Yates, IPG/Harvill Secke, 3 of 4 stars

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, S&S/Scribner, 3.5 of 4 stars

Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book, Babe Walker, S&S/Gallery Books, 4 of 4 stars


Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, Molly Wizenberg, S&S

The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve, Kip Harding, Mona Lisa Harding, S&S/Gallery Books

I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, Lydia Denworth, Penguin/Dutton

George R. R. Martin, Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; Original stories by Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and a new Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin, RH/Bantam, coming June 17

5/5 Book Review Section

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel, Jason Padgett, Maureen Ann Seaberg, HMH, 3.5 of 4 stars

Casebook, Mona Simpson, (RH/Knopf), 4 of 4 stars

A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren, Macmillan/Holt, 3 of 4 stars

Can’t and Won’t: Stories, Lydia Davis, Macmillan/FSG

Real Happy Family: A Novel, Caeli Wolfson Widger, HMH/New Harvest

Natchez Burning: A Novel, Greg Iles, HarperCollins/Morrow

Katherine Schwarzenegger, I Just Graduated…Now What?: Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There, RH/Crown Archetype

And More Tips for Grads:
Lean In for Graduates, Sheryl Sandberg, RH/Knopf

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, George Saunders, Random House

4/28 Book Review Section

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, Lisa Robinson, Penguin/Riverhead, 4 of 4

The Other Language, Francesca Marciano, RH/Pantheon, 4 of 4

Family Life, Akhil Sharma, W.W. Norton, 3.5 of 4

The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana, RH/Doubleday, 4 of 4


Carol Leifer, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, Quirk Books

4/21 Book Review Section

And the Dark Sacred Night, Julia Glass, RH/Pantheon, 4 of 4 stars

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star,  Judy Greer, RH/Doubleday, 3.5 of 4 stars

The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty, Randy Taraborrelli, Hachette/Grand Central, 4 of 4 stars

Stronger, Jeff Bauman, Bret Witter, Hachette/Grand Central, 3.5 of 4 stars


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton

Living with a Wild God : A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything, Barbara Ehrenreich, Hachette/Twelve

The Empathy Exams: Essays, Leslie Jamison, Graywolf Press


Love Life, Rob Lowe, S&S — Books he’s most looking forward to? Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl : A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”,  Random House, and Amy Poehler’s untitled book, HarperCollins/It Books

4/14 Book Review Section

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, Marina Keegan,  3.5 of 4 stars

Love and Treasure, Ayelet Waldman, RH/Knopf,  3 of 4 stars

No Book but the World, Leah Hager Cohen, Penguin/Riverhead, 4 of 4 stars

Mimi Malloy, At Last!, Julia MacDonnell, Macmillan/Picador, 4 of 4 stars

Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour, Rachel Zoe, Hachette/Grand Central

Face the Music: A Life Exposed, Paul Stanley, HarperOne

4/7 Book Review Section

Frog Music, Emma Donoghue, (Hachette/Little, Brown), 3.5 of 4 stars

The Divorce Papers, Susan Rieger, (RH/Crown ), 3 of 4 stars

Missing You, Harlan Coben, (Penguin/Dutton), 3.5 of 4 stars

Mannequin Girl, Ellen Litman, (Norton ), 3.5 of 4 stars


Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Misty Copeland, (S&S/Touchstone)

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, Walter Kirn, (Norton/Liveright)

10%  Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris, (HarperCollins/It Books)


The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer, Hollye Jacobs, Elizabeth Messina, S&S/Atria

3/31 Book Review Section

Tempting Fate, Jane Green, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 3.5 of 4 stars

Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler, 4 of 4 stars

The Accident, Chris Pavone, RH/Crown, 4 of 4 stars

Power Play, Danielle Steel, RH/Delacorte

3/24 Book Review Section

You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Hachette/Grand Central, 3.5 of 4 stars


It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, danah boyd, Yale University Press

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Brigid Schulte, Macmillan /Sarah Crichton Books

A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd, HMH/Eamon Dolan

3/17 Book Review Section

A Circle Of Wives, Alice Laplante, Atlantic Monthly Press, 3.5 of 4 Stars

Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi, Penguin/Riverhead, 3 of 4 Stars

Bark: Stories, Lorrie Moore, RH/Knopf

The Headmaster’s Wife, Thomas Christopher Greene, Macmillan/Thomas Dunne

Clever Girl, Tessa Hadley, Harper


Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships, Jill Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jana Duggar, Howard Books

3/10 Book Review Section

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, Carol Wall, (Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam), 4 of 4 stars

The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick, (Harper), 3 of 4 stars

A Life in Men: A Novel, Gina Frangello, (Workman/Algonquin), 3.5 of 4 stars

Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, Kayla Williams, (Norton), 3.5 of 4 stars

While Beauty Slept, Elizabeth Blackwell, (Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam), 4 of 4 stars

The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel, TaraShea Nesbit, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury), 3.5 of 4 stars

Uganda Be Kidding Me, Chelsea Handler, (Hachette/Grand Central)

What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night, John Brockman, (Harper Perennial)

3/3 Book Review Section

The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel, Alice Hoffman, (S&S/Scribner), 3.5 of 4 stars

Thirty Girls, Susan Minot, (RH/Knopf), 3 of 4 stars

The Reluctant Father, Phillip Toledano, (Dewi Lewis Publishing)

2/24 Book Review Section

The Bear, Claire Cameron, Hachette/ Little, Brown, 4 of 4 stars

Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan, RH/Ballantine, 3 of 4 stars


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock, S&S/Atria


After I’m Gone, Laura Lippman, HarperAudio

The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating, Carole Radziwill, Brilliance

The Forever Girl, Alexander McCall Smith, Steve Lyons, Recorded Books

2/17 Book Review Section

This Star Won’t Go Out, Esther Earl, Penguin/Dutton Juvenile, 4 of 4 stars

Somerset, Leila Meacham, Hachette/Grand Central, 3.5 of 4 stars


Perfect, Rachel Joyce, Random House

The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon, RH/Doubleday

The Deepest Secret, Carla Buckley, RH/Bantam

Interview: B. J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, RH/Knopf

2/10 Book Review Section

Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen, Random House, 4 of 4 stars

All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior, HarperCollins/Ecco, 3 of 4 stars

Ripper, Isabel Allende, Harper, 4 of 4 stars

Interview: David Menasche,  The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons, S&S/Touchstone

2/3 Book Review Section

The Days of Anna Madrigal, Armistead Maupin, Harper, 3.5 of 4 stars

Promise Land, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, S&S,  3.5 of 4 stars

Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart,  Random House, 3 of 4 stars


The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart, Hachette/Little, Brown

The Bird Skinner, Alice Greenway, Atlantic Monthly Press

What I Had Before I Had You, Sarah Cornwell, Harper

Feature: Cat Sense, John Bradshaw, Perseus/Basic Books

1/27 Book Review Section

Motherland, Maria Hummel, Perseus/Coungerpoint, 4 of 4 stars

Duty, Robert M. Gaines,  RH/Knopf, 3 of 4 stars


My Age of Anxiety, Scott Stossel, RH/Knopf

Ham, Sam Harris, S&S/Gallery

Unremarried Widow, Artis Henderson, S&S

Interview: Drew Barrymore, Find It in Everything: Photographs, Hachette/Little, Brown

1/20 Book Review Section

Radiance of Tomorrow, Ishmael Beah, Macmillan/Sarah Crichton, 3 of 4 stars

The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, Olivia Laing, Macmillan/Picador, 4 of 4 stars

1/13 Book Review Section

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin/Viking, 4 of 4 stars

Innocence, Dean Koontz, RH/Bantam, 4 of 4 stars


The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, Cameron Diaz, HarperWave