Ron Charles

Washington, D.C.

Critic, Book World

Education: Washington University, M.A in English

Ron Charles writes about books and publishing for The Washington Post. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest. Before moving to the District, he edited the books section of the Christian Science Monitor in Boston. His wife is an English teacher and the cinematographer of their satirical series, “The Totally Hip Video Book Review."
Latest from Ron Charles

‘The Magic Kingdom,’ by Russell Banks, reveals a paradise lost

"The Magic Kingdom," by Russell Banks, reveals how a utopian Shaker community in Florida rose and fell in the early 20th century.

November 29, 2022

In Kevin Wilson’s ‘Now Is Not the Time to Panic,’ two kids cause panic

In "Now Is Not the Time to Panic," two teenagers cause a worldwide panic by posting their artwork all over town.

November 15, 2022

Nothing matters in ‘Dr. No,’ Percival Everett’s parody of James Bond

Percival Everett's "Dr. No" is a parody of James Bond that explores the meaning of nothing.

November 8, 2022

‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ is a Booker-winning ghost story

Shehan Karunatilaka's Booker Prize-winning novel is a comedy about Sri Lanka's gruesome civil war narrated by a ghost.

November 1, 2022

Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Demon Copperhead’ may be the best novel of 2022

Barbara Kingsolver's "Demon Copperhead," an Oprah pick and instant bestseller, reimagines Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield."

October 25, 2022

Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Passenger’ is a strange ride into darkness

In McCarthy's first novel in 16 years, a salvage diver sees a plane at the bottom of the sea, and shadowy agents believe he stole something from the wreckage.

October 18, 2022

John Irving’s ‘The Last Chairlift’ is more of the same. A lot more.

Irving's giant, too-familiar new novel is about a young man searching for his father and becoming a famous writer.

October 12, 2022

In ‘Dinosaurs,’ Lydia Millet mourns the burdens a rich man bears

In Millet's first novel since the scathing "A Children's Bible," a wealthy man walks from New York to Phoenix to find purpose in his sad life of ease.

September 27, 2022

Sexual abuse casts a long shadow in Ian McEwan’s ‘Lessons’

In McEwan's profound new novel, a man remembers being abused by his piano teacher as a teenager and struggles to reclaim his life.

September 20, 2022

A.M. Homes traces the frightening (and hilarious) roots of GOP decay

"The Unfolding," by A.M. Homes, is a witty satire about wealthy Republicans plotting to set America straight after Barack Obama defeats John McCain.

September 13, 2022