2014 reviews

December 2014

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan, review by Sarah Bagby 

Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters by Sarah Ruhl, review by Sarah Bagby 

Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Grimjinx Rebellion by Brian Farrey, review by Melissa Fox 

The Who The What and The When by Jenny Volvovski, review by Todd Robins

The Big Finish by James W. Hall, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, review by Melissa Fox 

Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend by Christo Brand, review by Sarah Bagby 


November 2014 

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford, review by Todd Robins 

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, review by Melissa Fox 

The Chruchill Factor by Boris Johnson, review by Carl Caton 

Letters of Note by Shaun Usher, review by Carl Caton 

Blizzard by John Rocco, review by Melissa Fox

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin, review by Sarah Bagby 

Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee by James Gavin, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man by Marcus Baram, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg, review by Todd Robins 

The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi, review by Sarah Bagby 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell, review by Shelly Walston


October 2014 

Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann, review by Melissa Fox 

@War by Shane Harris, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, review by Melissa Fox

The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach, review by Shirley Wells 

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas, review by Shirley Wells 

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea and Lane Smith, review by Melissa Fox 

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Some Luck by Jane Smiley, review by Shirley Wells 

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, review by Sarah Bagby 

Crooked River by Valerie Geary, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, review by Melissa Fox 

The Right Word by Jen Bryant, review by Melissa Fox 



September 2014

Rebel Yell by SC Gwynne, review by Carl Caton 

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, review by Melissa Fox 

When Paris Went Dark by Ronald Rosbottom, review by Carl Caton 

Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, review by Melissa Fox 

Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Ploughman by Kim Zupan, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Children Act by Ian McEwan, review by Susan Gusho 

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Rose Gold by Walter Mosley, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Internal Medicine by Terrence Holt, review by Susan Gusho 

Dear Committee Members by Julia Schumacher, review by Shirley Wells

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, review by Sarah Bagby 

Lock In by John Scalzi, review by Anastasia Metzger 

Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick, review by Melissa Fox 

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy, review by Melissa Fox 

Life of Zarf by Rob Harrell, review by Melissa Fox 

West of the Revolution by Claudio Saunt, review by Carl Caton 



August 2014

Old Man River by Paul Schneider, review by Carl Caton 

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, review by Bruce Jacobs 

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, review by Sarah Bagby 

Black Dance by Nancy Huston, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills, review by Shirley Wells 

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides, review by Sarah Bagby 

Ample Hills Creamery by Brian Smith, review by Melissa Fox 

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, review by Melissa Fox

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre, review by Todd Robins 



July 2014 

American Spring by Walter E. Borneman, review by Carl Caton 

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, review by Wendy Ward 

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique and Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert, review by Sarah Bagby 

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm, review by Todd Robins

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan, review by Carl Caton 

Ruby by Cynthia Bond, review by Sarah Bagby 

Fierce Patriot by Robert L. O'Connell, review by Carl Caton 



June 2014

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove, review by Melissa Fox 

The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War by Jaqueline Winspear, review by Shirley Wells 

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride and Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, review by Sarah Bagby 

Life Drawing by Robin Black, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Girls of Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Conversion by Katherine Howe, review by Melissa Fox 

The Bohemians by Ben Tarnoff, review by Carl Caton 

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, review by Melissa Fox 

Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara, review by Sarah Bagby 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, review by Melissa Fox 

Indonesia, Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani, reivew by Bruce Jacobs 

The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett, review by Joyce Suellentrop 

Bulletproof Vest by Maria Venegas, review by Bruce Jacobs 

The Most Dangerous Man in America by Mark Perry, review by Carl Caton 

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, review by Sarah Bagby 


May 2014 

Five Came Back by Mark Harris, review by Carl Caton 

The Painter by Peter Heller, review by Sarah Bagby 

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson, review by Melissa Fox 

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch, review by Bruce Jacobs 

How About Never--Is Never Good for You? by Bob Mankoff, review by Sarah Bagby 

In Paradise by Peter Matthiesen, review by Wendy Ward 

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, review by Bruce Jacobs  



April 2014

Funny Once: Stories by Antonya Nelson, review by Bruce Jacobs 

Hop Alley by Scott Phillips, review by Todd Robins 

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George F. Will, review by Carl Caton 

John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire by Kim Heacox, review by Carl Caton 

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, review by Shirley Wells 

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, review by Sarah Bagby 

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, review by Melissa Fox 

The Guts by Roddy Doyle, review by Sarah Bagby

I'm Dangerious, I'm Not Gonna Lie by Erin Smith, review by Shirley Wells



March 2014

Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World by Tom Zoellner, review by Carl Caton

American Romantic by Ward Just, review by Bruce Jacobs

Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems by William Stafford, review by Shelly Walston

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit, review by Sarah Bagby

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton, review by Melissa Fox

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler, review by Sarah Bagby

The Winner's Curse by Marie Ruthkoski, review by Melissa Fox

The Dinner by Herman Koch, review by Shirley Wells

Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson, review by Carl Caton

The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black, review by Todd Robins

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu, review by Bruce Jacobs



February 2014

One More Thing by BJ Novak, review by Sarah Bagby

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn, review by Carl Caton

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen, review by Melissa Fox

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein, review by Bruce Jacobs

The Diviners by Libba Bray, review by Melissa Fox

Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo by Sundaram Anjan, review by Sarah Bagby

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, review by Melissa Fox

The UnAmericans: Stories by Molly Antopole, review by Sarah Bagby

The Beatles Are Here! 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, and Other Fans Remember by Penelope Rowlands, review by Shirley Wells



January 2014 

Eerie Dearies: 26 Ways to Miss School by Rebecca Chaperon, review by Shirley Wells

Fire & Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World by James McGregor Burns, review by Carl Caton

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, review by Melissa Fox

Deliverance From the Little Big Horn: Doctor Henry Porter and Custer's Seventh Cavalry by Joan Nabseth Stevenson, review by Carl Caton