In Praise of Nuance
  • Too Big to Edit?

    June 17, 2017

    Good editing makes good books. Authors and publishers forget this at their peril.

  • A Reader’s Reader

    May 21, 2017

    Finding inspiration in the example of a hard-core reader to range widely, go deep, and re-read the best.

  • Historical Novels Review Spring 2017 Issue

    May 15, 2017

    Two compelling, thought-provoking debuts and a page-turning if unbelievable crime thriller.

  • Write Now: Of Pitching and Publishing

    May 12, 2017

    A recap of the Books Alive! 2017 Washington Writers Conference, held by the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • Book Review: Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

    May 10, 2017

    An exhaustive dissection of virtually every experience that went into shaping our 44th president.

  • Book Review: At the Edge of the World: The Heroic Century of the French Foreign Legion

    April 5, 2017

    Part biography, part history, part homage to manly men in the mercenary service of colonial overreach.

  • Let the Book Speak for Itself

    March 22, 2017

    J.D. Vance’s thoughtful, engaging HILLBILLY ELEGY has become the demon/darling of pundits on all sides. My advice: ignore them and let the book speak for itself.

  • Book Review: Dark at the Crossing

    March 6, 2017

    When the cause seems hopeless, what distinguishes dedication from delusion?

  • Toward Compassion

    January 22, 2017

    It’s worth considering what we mean by compassion, empathy, and a shared social contract–and what we lose when we don’t bother to consider it at all.

  • Jenny’s Year in Reading, 2016

    December 31, 2016

    2016 was an exceptionally good reading year. Here’s what I managed to consume!

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