Recent Reviews

‘Among the Ten Thousand Things’: A family torn apart by infidelity

Julia Pierpont’s perceptive novel captures the breakdown of a marriage and its consequences.

How to protect your e-reader from the sand and surf

There are some pricey cases that may be worth the investment. But a plastic bag can help in a pinch.

‘Summerlong’: A story for adults about adults gone wild

Set in the sweltering days of a midwestern town, Dean Bakopoulos’s novel is a darkly comic love story.

Kelly Corrigan’s hymn to summer, summer reading — and her mom

“Props to the page-turner who recalls her vacations by the books she read while on them.”

Summer’s hidden gems, selected by Michael Dirda

A trove of books — from a study of “The Shining” to supernatural fiction — that will surprise and enchant.

Michelle Rhee: Make summer reading lists fun and educational

For a start, let the kids take some initiative, to choose books that are meaningful to them.

Book World: 5 stories to relish even with your eyes closed

Audiobooks voiced by David McCullough, Andrea Gallo, Chukwudi Iwuji, Alex Wyndham and Xe Sands.

Danielle Steel: ‘My books are more than a beach read’

The prolific author also says she still uses a typewriter.

When a Va. county closed its schools rather than admit black students

Kristen Green recounts the tale of her home county, Prince Edward, after it was ordered to desegregate.

Frances Kroll Ring, secretary of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, dies at 99

Mrs. Ring helped Fitzgerald in his final two years of life and later wrote about him in a memoir.

‘The Fellowship’ explores the spiritual roots of Tolkien and the Inklings

An insightful biography by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski offers a look inside a literary club.

A summer reading list that will help you professionally

A number of helpful, while still engaging, volumes have been published recently that are worth adding to your summer list.

‘Secessia’ is Kent Wascom’s vivid portrait of 1862 New Orleans

From the author of “The Blood of Heaven” comes an exhilarating tale of a seething city.

Best young adult and children’s books for July

“Boats for Papa,” by Jessixa Bagley; “Tommy,” by Karen Blumenthal; and “Lost in the Sun,” by Lisa Graff.

A case of shifting identities in Vendela Vida’s twisty new novel

In “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty,” a young woman finds herself stranded in Morocco, in search of an ID.

Did James Patterson give money to your school library?

The bestselling thriller writer announced the winners in the first round of grants totaling $500,000.

‘The Map of Chaos,’ by Felix J. Palma

The final volume of the Spanish writer’s inventive trilogy inspired by H.G. Wells.

Book World: ‘Murder, D.C.’ by Neely Tucker

Sully Carter, a journalist investigating a hometown crime, is someone we’ll want to read about again and again.

How the GOP can win over millennials

Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson looks at her generation and sees Republicans in waiting.

Bibi’s man in D.C., still spinning for the boss

Michael Oren blames President Obama for tensions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The lonely, suffocated life of Stalin’s daughter

Rosemary Sullivan creates a portrait of the complex, creative daughter of history’s most prolific murderer.

A tour of the web’s other, dark side

Jamie Bartlett visits a dark, anonymous online world not indexed by search engines.

Jewish humorist who was serious about racial injustice

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett traces the life and literary work of Harry Golden.

A shallow, gossipy perspective of ‘Audrey and Bill’

A biography of Tinseltown darlings Hepburn and Holden comes across as inconsequential.

Book review: Musician Béla Bartók was pride of two nations

Prolific composer’s works drew from traditions of Hungary and Romania.

‘Queen of the Bowery’ embraced roles of sinner and saint

Book Review | The so-called Queen of the Bowery comes to vivid life in the magical new novel “Saint Mazie.”

A new way to find just the poem you want

A new archive from Split This Rock, organizes poems by themes, issues and authors’ identity.

What novelist Kent Haruf taught me about writing and life

Lessons from the humble author of “Plainsong,” who died in November.

Why ‘Blackout’ would make a perfect book club choice

Sarah Hepola’s memoir is a riveting, cautionary tale about drinking you’ll want to share with friends

Painting a vibrant and lush portrait of the 16th-century Ottoman Empire

In “The Architect’s Apprentice,” Elif Shafak transcends time and place in a compelling work of historical fiction.

Heroines save their heroes in the best new romance novels

“The Lady Hellion,” by Joanna Shupe; “Serving Pleasure,” by Alisha Rai; “Dearest Rogue,” by Elizabeth Hoyt

The perfect pick for a booze-free book club and other top June memoirs

“Blackout” by Sarah Hepola, “In a Dark Wood” by Joseph Luzzi, “The Seven Good Years” by Etgar Keret.

Clumsy, bumbling — so what? Alexandra Petri’s book celebrates you.

“A Field Guide to Awkward Silences” pokes fun at failure, the author’s especially.

‘Death and Mr. Pickwick’ asks if Dickens stole his famous first novel

Stephen Jarvis’s book explores whether “The Pickwick Papers” was really conceived by its illustrator.

Book World: ‘The Fixer’ by Joseph Finder

When an investigative reporter finds $3.4 million hidden behind a wall, his troubles are just beginning.

James Salter, novelist with exquisite prose style, dies at 90

Mr. Salter wrote of the dynamics between men and women in “A Sport and a Pastime” and other books.

A ‘Lean In’ for working fathers

With “All In,” Josh Levs tries to rehabilitate the American model of fatherhood.

Before there was Ponzi, there was master swindler Leo Koretz

Dean Jobb chronicles the elaborate, long-term scams of a man of many identities, disguises and love nests.

The immigrants who were ‘School of Paris’ artists in early 20th century

Stanley Meisler traces work and lives of Soutine, Chagall and Modigliani in early 20th century Paris.

American ambassador’s frank memoir of Hungary’s slide into autocracy

Eleni Kounalakis, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, reports on the once-promising democracy.

Washington Post Bestsellers June 28, 2015

The books Washington has been reading.

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

‘Secessia’ is Kent Wascom’s vivid portrait of 1862 New Orleans

From the author of “The Blood of Heaven” comes an exhilarating tale of a seething city.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

Did James Patterson give money to your school library?

The bestselling thriller writer announced the winners in the first round of grants totaling $500,000.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

A new way to find just the poem you want

A new archive from Split This Rock, organizes poems by themes, issues and authors’ identity.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Summer’s hidden gems, selected by Michael Dirda

A trove of books — from a study of “The Shining” to supernatural fiction — that will surprise and enchant.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘The Fellowship’ explores the spiritual roots of Tolkien and the Inklings

An insightful biography by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski offers a look inside a literary club.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Milan Kundera’s new novel feels so very French

“The Festival of Insignificance” showcases the Czech writer’s philosophical musings and wit.

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

Why politicians usually sound like they’re lying

Former political speechwriter Barton Swaim explains the challenge of honesty amid endless speeches and statements.

Carlos Lozada

Carlos Lozada

How the GOP can win over millennials

Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson looks at her generation and sees Republicans in waiting.

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

Obamacare is now this president’s legacy. But it started almost on a whim.

In his book, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” Chuck Todd recounts the unplanned origins of Obama’s call for reform.

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.