New Dork Reviews

Below is a list of books I've reviewed since launching The New Dork Review of Books in October, 2009. Presumably, you're on this page to look for recommendations (even if you don't consciously know you are), so hopefully the following categories will be useful to help you browse — and hopefully you can find something here to tickle your fancy. 

The New Dork Top 12
Arcadia, by Lauren Groff
A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes
The Financial Lives Of The Poets, by Jess Walter
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The History of History, by Ida Hattemer-Higgins
The Instructions, by Adam Levin
The Nix, by Nathan Hill
This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper 
Want Not, by Jonathan Miles

Novels By My Favorite Writers
After Dark, by Haruki Murakami
Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
The Book of Joe, by Jonathan Tropper
Chances Are..., by Richard Russo
Citizen Vince, by Jess Walter
The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
Everybody's Fool, by Richard Russo
Everything Changes, by Jonathan Tropper
Fates And Furies, by Lauren Groff
Florida, by Lauren Groff
The Hearts of Men, by Nickolas Butler
How To Talk To A Widower, by Jonathan Tropper
In One Person, by John Irving
Kafka On The Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Last Night In Twisted River, by John Irving
Little Faith, by Nickolas Butler
The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Nemesis, by Philip Roth
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
NW, by Zadie Smith
One Last Thing Before I Go, by Jonathan Tropper
The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace
Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler
That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo
The Zero, by Jess Walter

Short Story Collections
Bark, by Lorrie Moore
Beneath the Bonfire, by Nickolas Butler
Between Friends, by Amos Oz
Bobcat and Other Stories, by Rebecca Lee
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, by Ben Fountain
The Fun Parts, by Sam Lipsyte
Get In Trouble, by Kelly Link
Half Wild, by Robin MacArthur
Hot Pink, by Adam Levin
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
I Want To Show You More, by Jamie Quatro
The Last Girlfriend On Earth, by Simon Rich
Leaving the Sea, by Ben Marcus
Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
Nine Inches, by Tom Perrotta
Praying Drunk, by Kyle Minor
Redeployment, by Phil Klay
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Unamericans, by Molly Antopol
Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell
Tenth of December, by George Saunders
The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Trajectory, by Richard Russo
Thunderstruck & Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken
The Tsar of Love and Techno, by Anthony Marra
We Live In Water: Stories, by Jess Walter
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander 

Nonfiction / Memoir
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt
Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, by David Lipsky
Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, by Zadie Smith
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc., by Jonathan Lethem
The Education of an Idealist, by Samantha Power
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Fast Girl, by Suzy Favor Hamilton
Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright
Hollywood Park, by Mikel Jollett
In The Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
In The Land of Men, by Adrienne Miller
The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
The Long Run, by Catriona Menzies-Pike
The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers
Nights In White Castle, by Steve Rushin
The Noble Hustle, by Colson Whitehead
North, by Scott and Jenny Jurek
Oh The Glory Of It All, by Sean Wilsey
On Writing, by Stephen King
Open: An Autobiography, by Andre Agassi
Running With Sherman, by Christopher McDougall
The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell
Unfollow, by Megan Phelps-Roper
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami 
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
Underworld, by Don DeLillo
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

Defying Category, or The Rest (A-Z)
(Please note: Just because these books landed in "the rest" category, doesn't mean they're bad. Some of the ones below are actually very, very good: Skippy Dies and Motherless Brooklyn, e.g.)
& Sons, by David Gilbert
11/22/63, by Stephen King
A Doubter's Almanac, by Ethan Canin
Afterland, by Lauren Beukes
Afterlife, by Marcus Sakey
A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
A Ladder To The Sky, by John Boyne
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
A Separation, by Katie Kitamura
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom, by John Boyne  
All That Is, by James Salter
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
All Our Names, by Dinaw Mengestu
All This Could Be Yours, by Jami Attenberg
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Among The Ten Thousand Things, by Julia Pierpont
Anatomy of a Miracle, by Jonathan Miles
Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway
Apartment, by Teddy Wayne
Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
Artemis, by Andy Weir
The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
Beat The Reaper, by Josh Bazell
Before The Fall, by Noah Hawley
Behold The Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell
Bloodroot, by Amy Greene
Bond Girl, by Erin Duffy
Bonita Avenue, by Peter Buwalda
Book of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen
The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber
The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak
Brutal Youth, by Anthony Breznican
Bubblegum, by Adam Levin
The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham
C, by Tom McCarthy
The Cactus League, by Emily Nemens
Cartwheel, by Jennifer duBois
The Changeling, by Victor Lavalle
Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win, by Jo Piazza
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, by Kathleen Rooney
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith
The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
City On Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg
Chicago, by Brian Doyle
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
Dark At The Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman
Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch
Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn
The Darlings, by Cristina Alger
Deacon King Kong, by James McBride
Dear American Airlines, by Jonathan Miles
Death of the Black-Haired Girl, by Robert Stone
Deep River, by Karl Marlantes
Dept. Of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
The Dinner, by Herman Koch
Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem
The Dog, by Joseph O'Neill
Domestic Violets, by Matthew Norman
Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann
Doxology, by Nell Zink
The End of the World Running Club, by Adrian J. Walker
Euphoria, by Lily King
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
Everything Matters!, by Ron Currie Jr.
Everywhere You Don't Belong, by Gabriel Bump
Extinction, by Mark Alpert
Faith, by Jennifer Haigh
The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson
Fathermucker, by Greg Olear
The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell
Fight For Your Long Day, by Alex Kudera
The Flame Alphabet, by Ben Marcus
Fleishman Is In Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
Flimsy Little Plastic Animals
Fobbit, by David Abrams
Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson
Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby
Future Home Of The Living God, by Louise Erdrich
A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
A Gate At The Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
Generosity: An Enhancement, by Richard Powers
The Ghost Network, by Catie Disabato
The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
Glow, by Ned Beauman
God Help The Child, by Toni Morrison
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
The Good Son, by Michael Gruber
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai
The Great Perhaps, by Joe Meno

A Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Hawaii, by James Michener
The Heart Broke In, by James Meek
Heart Spring Mountain, by Robin MacArthur
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Hello, Sunshine, by Laura Dave
Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer
HHhH, by Laurent Binet
A Hologram For The King, by Dave Eggers
Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
How I Became A Famous Novelist, by Steve Hely
How I Learned To Hate In Ohio, by David Stuart MacLean
How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby
How To Build A Girl, by Caitlin Moran
How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky, by Lydia Netzer
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
The Improbability of Love, by Hannah Rothschild
The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, by Christopher Beha  
Inferno, by Dan Brown
Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon
In The Light Of What We Know, by Zia Haider Rahman
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
Kapitoil, by Teddy Wayne
The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson
King Zeno, by Nathaniel Rich
Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby
Lamb, by Christopher Moore
Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
Last Couple Standing, Matthew Norman
The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
The Laughing Monsters, by Denis Johnson
Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison
The Leavers, by Lisa Ko
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Lexicon, by Max Barry
The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk, by Kathleen Rooney
Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall
Long Man, by Amy Greene
Lookaway, Lookaway, by Wilton Barnhardt
Lost For Words, by Edward St. Aubyn
The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
The Lost Time Accidents, by John Wray
Love At Absolute Zero, by Christopher Meeks
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, by Teddy Wayne
The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
Luster, by Raven Leilani
Madness Is Better Than Defeat, by Ned Beauman
The Making of Zombie Wars, by Aleksander Hemon
A Map of Betrayal, by Ha Jin
The Mark and the Void, by Paul Murray
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Martian, by Andy Weir
Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes
May We Be Forgiven, by A.M. Homes
The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg
The Might Have Been, by Joseph Schuster
The Mirror Thief, by Martin Seay
Moonglow, by Michael Chabon
Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem
The Motion of the Body Through Space, by Lionel Shriver
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
A Naked Singularity, by Sergio De La Pava
The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Newlyweds, by Nell Freudenberger
New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl
Nothing To See Here, by Kevin Wilson
O, Democracy!, by Kathleen Rooney
Office Girl, by Joe Meno
The Omega Theory, by Mark Alpert
The One-Eyed Man, by Ron Currie
Orfeo, by Richard Powers
Origin, by Dan Brown
The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
The Overstory, by Richard Powers

A Partial History of Lost Causes, by Jennifer Dubois
The Passage, by Justin Cronin
The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
Private Citizens
Ready Player One
Reamde, by Neal Stephenson
Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
Recursion, by Blake Crouch
The Regional Office Is Under Attack!, by Manuel Gonzalez
The Rehearsal, by Eleanor Catton
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison
Revival, by Stephen King
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, by Tom Rachman
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Room, by Emma Donoghue
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
Saint Mazie, by Jami Attenberg 
The Salinger Contract, by Adam Langer
Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Sharks in the Time of Saviors, by Kawai Strong Washburn
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
Shine Shine Shine, by Lydia Netzer
Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray
The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing, by Mira Jacob
Solar, by Ian McEwan
The Son, by Philipp Meyer
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin 
Submergence, by J.M. Ledgard
The Submission, by Amy Waldman
Such A Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, by Mark Leyner
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
Sutton, by J.R. Moehringer
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan
The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman
The Thieves of Manhattan, by Adam Langer
36 Arguments For the Existence of God, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, by Jonathan Evison
A Thousand Pardons, by Jonathan Dee
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, by David Mitchell
The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris
Touch, by Courtney Maum
Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
Truth in Advertising, by John Kenney
Under the Dome, by Stephen King
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris
An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay
Version Control, by Dexter Palmer
Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Wanderers, by Chuck Wendig
The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Welcome To Lagos, by Chibundu Onuzo
We're All Damaged, by Matthew Norman
West of Here, by Jonathan Evison
When The Killing's Done, by T.C. Boyle
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, by David Shafer
A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, by Ron Hansen
Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin
Woke Up Lonely, by Fiona Maazel
A Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins
The World Without You, by Joshua Henkin
The Year We Left Home, by Jean Thompson
The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers
You Are One Of Them, by Elliott Holt
You Lost Me There, by Rosecrans Baldwin
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, by Dave Eggers
Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha
Zone One, by Colson Whitehead