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

Hervé Le Tellier’s ‘The Anomaly’ has already sold a million copies in France. It should take off here, too.

With its elegant mix of science fiction and metaphysical mystery, Le Tellier’s thriller rests somewhere between “Lost” and “Manifest.”

November 30, 2021

Sarah Winman’s ‘Still Life’ feels like a Saturday night among old friends

“Still Life” is that rare, affectionate novel that makes one feel grateful to have been carried along.

November 23, 2021

    Need a book recommendation for the holidays? The Post’s book team provides their advice.

    The Washington Post’s Book World team answered your questions on Monday.

    November 22, 2021

    In Elif Shafak’s ‘The Island of Missing Trees,’ a surprising narrator makes sense of surreal events

    Shafak’s new novel weaves the tumultuous history of Cyprus into a story of young lovers split apart.

    November 16, 2021

    ‘The Sentence’ is among Louise Erdrich’s most magical novels

    Louise Erdrich’s “The Sentence” may be the best pandemic novel we ever get.

    November 9, 2021

    Mitch Albom serves up another helping of superficial spirituality

    “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” is treacly metaphysical fiction sketched in cartoon colors.

    November 1, 2021

    In the Va. governor’s race, ‘Beloved’ is reduced to its most explicit parts. That’s obscene.

    Toni Morrison’s 1987 classic has sparked debate in the Virginia governor’s race about what public school students should read.

    October 27, 2021

    Claire Vaye Watkins’s new novel approaches motherhood — with a torch

    In “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness,” a conflicted new mother abandons her child and husband.

    October 26, 2021

    You won’t find Dave Eggers’s new book on Amazon. That’s the most interesting thing about it.

    “The Every,” a sequel to “The Circle,” suffers from the Web’s worst quality: unlimited space.

    October 19, 2021

    Hillary Clinton’s thriller with Louise Penny is a thinly veiled jab at a Very Stable Genius

    “State of Terror” is part entertainment, part roman à clef and all payback.

    October 12, 2021