Building to a Boil

A quality of longing animates this lovely and subtle first novel. A Thread of Sky, by Deanna Fei ’99 (Penguin)

Reviewed by Lauren Groff ’01

Glass Houses

For many in the Bay State, slavery was not a moral issue—it was an accounting problem. Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, by Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert Romer ’52 (Levellers Press)

Reviewed by Robert E. Weir

Varieties of Guilt

The sequel to the book that jumpstarted the legal-thriller genre. Innocent, by Scott Turow ’70 (Grand Central Publishing)

Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

Pritchard's Game

On Poets & Poetry, by William H. Pritchard ’53, Henry Clay Folger Professor of English (Swallow Press)

Review by Christopher R. Miller ’90

Ripples Through the Pond

And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture, by Bill Wasik ’96 (Viking)

Review by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown '86

The Lost Symbol is published by Doubleday

Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

Loneliness as a Way of Life

By Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm. Harvard University Press.


Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

The Art and Politics of Science

By Harold Varmus ’61. W.W. Norton.


Reviewed by Richard Goldsby

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

By Professor of American Studies and History Martha A. Sandweiss. Penguin.

Hold Tight

By Harlan Coben ’84. New York City: Dutton, 2008. 416 pp. $26.95 hardcover.

Reviewed by J.J. Gertler ’82

As a young subscriber to Motor Trend magazine, I was befuddled when one issue simply failed to arrive. Only later did I learn that my father, deciding that the special issue, titled “Love and the Automobile,” was too racy for a 13-year-old, had confiscated it.