Joking apart

16 September 2009 12:00 am

Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.

Gut instincts

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Julie Powell wrote Julie and Julia, a book (and now a film) in which she described her attempts to cook a huge number of recipes by the cookery writer Julia Child.

Home is where the heart is

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín

The actress and the orphan

22 April 2009 12:00 am

Ask Alice, by D. J. Taylor

Fame is still the spur

15 April 2009 12:00 am

God Bless America: Misadventures of a Big Mouth, by Piers Morgan

Lincoln’s legacy

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin


The man for the hour

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks


The end of the affair

25 March 2009 12:00 am

Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass

Arthur at Camelot

14 January 2009 12:00 am

Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger

Was the Abdication necessary?

7 January 2009 12:00 am

The Eagle & the Crown, by Frank Prochaska

Stars bright and dim

26 November 2008 12:00 am

State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey