Recent Reviews

Didion’s journey through New Journalism and personal heartache

Tracy Daughtery chronicles the life of journalist and memoirist Joan Didion.

Kissinger: the Dr. Frankenstein of foreign affairs, or just self-promoter?

Greg Grandin argues that our national security establishment lives in Kissinger’s permanent shadow.

Remembering the Redskins’ good ol’ days

Adam Lazarus revives a time when D.C. football had fascinating characters who won games.

The human crash dummy

Craig Ryan chronicles the life of a man so devoted to improving safety he used himself in speed tests.

Ups and downs of a hand-held device

In ‘Losing the Signal,’ Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff chronicle the fate of the BlackBerry.

National Book Festival: Books to Movies

An overview presentation and a panel discussion with notable authors.

National Book Festival: International

World religions; reading Latin America; Amazon stories.

National Book Festival: Thomas Jefferson’s library

This year’s festival commemorates the 200th anniversary of the historic connection between the Library of Congress and Thomas Jefferson.

New Yorker illustrator Peter de Sève on his Book Festival poster design

That little girl is based on his 10-year-old daughter’s balletic reading style.

National Book Festival: Claudia Rankine writes to Thomas Jefferson

The author of ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ considers the conflicting colors of the third president’s mind.

‘Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?’ review: An antic story of scams and gangsters

Stephen Dobyns pulls off a neat misdirection in this comic crime novel.

‘Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre’ review: The rise and fall of the Doors

Seasoned rock critic Mick Wall chronicles the life of Jim Morrison and his bandmates

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ review: Lisbeth Salander hacks on

David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium saga.

‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’ review: Rediscovering Lucia Berlin

Berlin’s marvelous stories embody the challenges faced by her marginalized protagonists.

‘Girl Waits With Gun’ review: A feisty heroine inspired by a real detective

Amy Stewart’s delightful novel tells the story of Constance Kopp, one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs.

‘The Story of the Lost Child,’ review: Elena Ferrante’s final — key — volume

The mysterious novelist concludes her series with an homage to Naples and female friendship.

‘Last Words’ review: A fun and gripping murder mystery in caves

Michael Koryta’s creepy thriller is set partly in claustrophobic wormways deep underground.

The best new science fiction and fantasy for August

China Miéville’s ‘Three Moments of an Explosion’ expertly mixes science fiction, fantasy and the surreal.

The long, dark shadow of literary fame

In “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” Julianna Baggott explores the fallout of phenomenal success.

‘Everybody Rise’ review: A witty tale about a high-society wannabe

Stephanie Clifford’s debut novel is a 21st-century fable of one woman’s attempt to infiltrate New York’s elite.

‘Secondhand Souls’ review: A wildly entertaining sequel to ‘A Dirty Job’

Christopher Moore’s new novel is crammed with characters who would feel at home in a Tim Burton movie.

‘You Don’t Have to Live Like This’ review: Trouble rebuilding Detroit

Benjamin Markovits’s new novel asks if money and good intentions are enough.

Washington Post Bestsellers Aug. 30, 2015

Washington Post bestsellers: the books Washington has been reading

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

National Book Festival: Fiction

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

National Book Festival: Thomas Jefferson’s library

This year’s festival commemorates the 200th anniversary of the historic connection between the Library of Congress and Thomas Jefferson.

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

The long, dark shadow of literary fame

In “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” Julianna Baggott explores the fallout of phenomenal success.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

New collection of Shirley Jackson writings is best left to devoted fans

Occasionally charming, “Let Me Tell You” should not be anyone’s introduction to the writer.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘The Decagon House Murders’ evokes Agatha Christie — in Japan

Yukito Ayatsuji’s mystery is a classic of misdirection.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

The literary history of duels, those absurdly formal fights to the death

They started with a slap and ended with a fatal blow, and they played an important role in many works.

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

This is how Joe Biden decides whether to run for president

Biden’s 2007 memoir, “Promises to Keep,” describes how he decided to enter — or skip — past presidential and Senate races.

Book Party

Carlos Lozada

God, family and donors: Inside the book acknowledgments of the 2016 GOP field

Read the acknowledgments sections of presidential candidates’ books and you’ll find political favors, intellectual debts -- and deep insecurities.

Carlos Lozada

Carlos Lozada

The college football money machine

Gilbert M. Gaul reveals how money-obsessed college football programs harm academic pursuits.

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.