In Praise of Nuance
  • Book Review: The Shark Club

    August 23, 2017

    A page-turning beach read set at the beach; with a little more effort, it could have plumbed the depths.

  • Book Review: The Weight of Ink

    August 15, 2017

    An impressive consideration of the danger of ideas, Kadish’s novel has the brains of a scholar, the drive of a sleuth, and the soul of a lover.

  • Book Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

    July 11, 2017

    Funny, insightful, a love letter to the Democrats–and an opening salvo in his bid for 2020? Sure seems like it.

  • Book Review: G-Man


    Completely fun and still smart, this gun-crazy tale takes us back to the Depression-era battles between G-Men and gangsters.

  • 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.

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