Recent Reviews

The president’s bodyman tells all

In ‘My Presidential Education’ Reggie Love chronicles his years as Barack Obama’s constant companion.

Our austere, disciplined man on national security

Bartholomew Sparrow shows Brent Scowcroft at the center of most modern national security issues.

Kidnapped to make films for North Korea

Paul Fischer recounts Kim Jong-il’s efforts to remake North Korean film on the labors of kidnapped film artists.

Free books for brave men

Molly Guptill Manning describes the program that gave soldiers free books during World War II

A house that Wright built

Steven M. Reiss tells the story of an affordable Northern Virginia house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Roz Chast talks about her new book, ‘Around the Clock’

The New Yorker columnist delivers a whimsical tour of the funny things kids do over the course of a day.

‘The B-Side,’ by Ben Yagoda

A critic insists that the Fifties were a bad time for music.

‘Van Gogh: A Power Seething,’ by Julian Bell

A short, fervent biography of the Dutch painter.

George Pelecanos’s latest ‘Shot’

The local novelist on telling the city’s history — through fiction.

Wegman, the Weimaraner artist, brings cheer to kids

A display of generosity at Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center for pediatric patients.

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Ms. McCullough wrote the epic story of illicit love in the outback that became a popular TV miniseries.

‘The Sacrifice,’ by Joyce Carol Oates

A story inspired by the case of Tawana Brawley.

The joys — and benefits — of touch

David J. Linden shows why touching is good for babies, apes and athletes.

“Military Incompetence” trumps Madonna’s “Sex“

Annual report of the top 100 most searched-for out-of-print books in the US.

Review: ‘The Young T.E. Lawrence,’ by Anthony Sattin

A new biography explores the early years of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.

Washington Post Bestsellers Jan. 25, 2015

The books Washington has been reading.

Review: ‘We Are Pirates,’ by Daniel Handler

The “Lemony Snicket” author spools out a series of unfortunate events, but not for your kids.

Book review: ‘The Magician’s Lie’ by Greer Macallister

In this spellbinding historical novel, an illusionist may have pulled off the greatest trick of all.

Best new romance novels for February

In these three novels, love begins with conflict.

‘Leaving Before the Rains Come,’ by Alexandra Fuller

A memoir by the author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” is about her divorce and its aftermath.

Book review: ‘The Big Seven,’ by Jim Harrison

A “faux mystery” stars a detective lured by temptation.

Book review: ‘A Muse and a Maze,’ by Peter Turchi

Finding the connections between puzzles, mystery and magic.

Going underground to freedom

Eric Foner depicts the promise and perils of the Underground Railroad.

Science as a force for good

Michael Shermer argues that science and reason are the key forces driving us to a more moral world.

How disruptive is bitcoin?

Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey argue that bitcoin challenges the financial world to operate better.

Yearning for British approval

Anita Anand explores the travails of a Punjabi Princess who became a part of upper-class British life.

A life of the greatest man in World War II

In Debi and Irwin Unger’s biography, George C. Marshall is a great man with flaws

‘March: Book II’ by John Lewis

A graphic-novel memoir by the Georgia congressman about the civil rights era

Book Review: ‘Group f.64,’ by Mary Street Alinder

A biography celebrates the artists who revolutionized photography, including Adams and Lange.

Is the ‘real’ Paddington bear too English for Americans?

The new film offers cuteness and hijinks, but the classic books offer something ever so proper.

Sean Lowe, America’s favorite bachelor, tells all

Lowe’s memoir arrives on the first anniversary of his televised marriage to Catherine Giudici.

‘The Siege,’ by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

In 1811, during the Siege of Cádiz, someone is killing young women, and a detective hunts the predator.

John Bayley, who wrote memoir of wife Iris Murdoch, dies at 89

Mr. Bayley, an Oxford literary scholar, achieved renown with a memoir of his wife’s descent into Alzheimer’s.

Book review: ‘The Creator’ by Mynona

That pseudonym — the German word for anonymous, spelled backward — is a hint at this Kafka-esque work

Claudia Rankine’s editor on the genius of ‘Citizen’

He calls Rankine’s latest work “that very rare book that can focus with precision and honesty about race.“

The view from inside Guantanamo

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee since 2002, publishes his diary of the brutal conditions at Guantanamo.

Book review: ‘Black River’ by S.M. Hulse

In this affecting modern-day Western, a former prison guard seeks faith and forgiveness.

Best new science fiction and fantasy

Giant ants threaten humans; witches hold grudges; and a man’s plight is that he is equally dead and alive.

James Patterson’s new book set to self-destruct

One high-priced copy will be destroyed by a SWAT team, but your e-copy will vanish, too.

James Patterson’s new book set to self-destruct

One high-priced copy will be destroyed by a SWAT team, but your e-copy will vanish, too.

Washington Post Bestsellers Feb. 2, 2015

The books Washington has been reading.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

“Military Incompetence” trumps Madonna’s “Sex“

Annual report of the top 100 most searched-for out-of-print books in the US.

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

Review: ‘We Are Pirates,’ by Daniel Handler

The “Lemony Snicket” author spools out a series of unfortunate events, but not for your kids.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

Sean Lowe, America’s favorite bachelor, tells all

Lowe’s memoir arrives on the first anniversary of his televised marriage to Catherine Giudici.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Review: ‘The Young T.E. Lawrence,’ by Anthony Sattin

A new biography explores the early years of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Book review: ‘The Creator’ by Mynona

That pseudonym — the German word for anonymous, spelled backward — is a hint at this Kafka-esque work

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ by Michael Mewshaw

Writer delves into the life of author and gadfly Gore Vidal.

Carlos Lozada

Carlos Lozada

The president’s bodyman tells all

In ‘My Presidential Education’ Reggie Love chronicles his years as Barack Obama’s constant companion.

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

The moment Obama knew he would beat Hillary Clinton for the 2008 nomination

An exchange between the candidates on an airport tarmac was the “turning point.“

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

Obama’s ‘chief of stuff’ recalls the time he seriously annoyed the president

Reggie Love’s “Power Foward” is worth reading for his perspective on Obama.

Literary Calendar

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Get the latest on readings, signings and author appearances in the D.C. area.