09/07/2010 11:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sara Gruen, Stephen Hawking And A Bastard Queen: Book Review Roundup

"The Last of the Imperious Rich: Lehman Brothers" by Peter Chapman
USA Today

"The shift from Alabama to Wall Street came gradually. Chapman offers context for the move as the nation changed drastically and violently before, during and after its Civil War. Slowly but surely, the Lehman family became a household name in New York City, then across the nation."

"Getting To Happy" by Terry McMillan
Washington Post

"The difference between this book and "Waiting to Exhale" is that "happy" has a different meaning now. For these women, it's no longer about the perfect job or the perfect man. It's a more complicated notion."

"A Journey" by Tony Blair
The New Yorker

"We know quite a bit about Blair: about his surprisingly sweary private self and his offstage tendency to dress like Austin Powers. We even know that his fourth child was conceived at Balmoral, the Queen's Scottish castle, because Cherie was too embarrassed to pack contraception and have it unpacked by the servants. Indeed, we may feel that we have all the private detail we need, which is just as well, because there is next to none of it in Blair's new memoir, .A Journey'."

"Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen" by Anna Whitelock

January Magazine

"Just when you thought the world couldn't possibly need yet another biography of 'Bloody Mary Tudor,' (1516-1558), along comes a young, hotshot British historian who not only discovers aspects others before her have missed, she shares her new tidbits in a compelling and lucid manner in her debut work."

"The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

The Los Angeles Times

"While not dealing with recent developments in astrophysics or discussing chaos theory, Hawking and Mlodinow's fascinating book, with its wonderful illustrations, takes us through the various supernatural and scientific cosmological theories that mankind has developed since earliest times to explain our universe."

"Ape House" by Sara Gruen
The New York Times

"Gruen, subscribing to the more-is-more theory, appears never to have met a plot point she didn't like, the more out­rageous the better, and a glittering plethora of these pile up to keep the novel pitching forward."