Over the course of the years, I have written hundreds of book reviews, mostly for The Los Angeles Times Book Review, under the superb editorial guidance of Steve Wasserman and Tom Curwen.


Below is a selection of some of my favorites. Since The L.A. Times now charges $ to download these reviews (not a penny of which will come to either me or the author, I might add), I have included a link, on the title, to my pre-publication drafts of the reviews, along with the date the review appeared in print. I’ve also included a link to buy these books–they are all worth owning!


Since these are drafts, please forgive any infelicities–which I’m certain were fixed in the editing!

The Color of Summer by Reinaldo Arenas
August 6, 2000. Buy


Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
April 23, 2000. Buy


After the Plague, and other stories by T. C. Boyle
September 30, 2001. Buy


Being Dead by Jim Crace
April 16, 2000. Buy


City of God by E. L. Doctorow
February 20, 2000. Buy


Be My Knife by David Grossman
January 27, 2002. Buy


Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
January 21, 2000. Buy