And what do YOU think of these books?


It's always been our goal to make Book Drum a true community of Contributors, building on and refining each other's work.  The first important technical piece of that community jigsaw is now in place:


Can You Give a Second Opinion?

If you have had a profile published on Book Drum, you can now add an extra review to any of the 60 Published profiles or the 33 Incomplete profiles. Go to the Review section of the profile and click the Add Review button.  Your review will be published immediately and will not be edited.  If you wish to revise it, you can return to it at any time by clicking the link from My Account.  All your reviews will be credited to you and will link to your personal page.

We will soon extend this system so that any registered Contributor can add a review.  In the meantime, if you would like to add a review but you have not yet been published, you can simply email the review to with your username and we will add it for you.

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Latest Profiles Published

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Profile #57: Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldúa. Profile by Cynthia Giles.

The first work of its kind, and still in a class of its own, this unforgettable memoir melds scholarship, poetry and passionate prose to illuminate the intersections of culture and personal experience. Seven brilliant essays—written in three kinds of English and five kinds of Spanish—immerse the reader in complex, disturbing domains of ambiguity, as Anzaldúa explores history, geography, politics, sexuality, spirituality, and creative life.



Profile #58: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Profile by Chris Brocklebank.

A first-person account of life in the former USA, after the government has been overthrown by a fascist theocracy. In the Republic of Gilead, women have been stripped of all rights and are allocated specific roles. The heroine is a Handmaid: her only function is to bear children.

The Handmaid's Tale     Christopher Brocklebank


Profile #59: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré.  Profile by Ann Quarterman.

In Cold War Berlin, British Intelligence is losing all its best agents. A complex deception is called for to turn the tide, a plot that will claim lives on both sides of the Iron Curtain. This is the book that redefined the spy thriller, replacing the glamour of Bond with the hard-bitten realism and betrayal of George Smiley’s bleak world.

 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


Profile #60: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Profile by James Massoud and Susannah Worth.

The haunting story of a father and son journeying through a post-apocalyptic land. Winter is coming, and they must face mountains, cannibals and possible starvation if they are to reach the coast and the safety they desperately hope it will offer.

The Road