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Spell It Out

spell it out

My 5-year-old daughter has been teaching herself to write. She knows all the sounds of the letters, and some of the two-letter sounds, and she just writes phonetically. It’s pretty great, and I am totally encouraging, even when what she writes bears no resemblance to an English word. But every once in a while she […]

Fiction about War

Sparta

Roxana Robinson‘s Sparta joins last year’s excellent additions to literature about war (both of which ended up on our Best of the Year list — The Yellow Birds and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk). Like those novels, Sparta‘s power comes from an examination of what happens when a young soldier returns home. Her research into the […]

Nonfiction Roundup

Five Days Memorial

Our first review today is an account of the happenings at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during the five days after Hurricane Katrina. I will let you read the review for the details, but keep in mind that not only is this a compelling survival story, it is also a model of great and exhaustive […]

Amanda Knox

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I don’t watch a lot of TV, especially not TV news or TV tabloids, so while I feel confident that I had heard something about Amanda Knox in the past six years, I really only became aware of the ins and outs of her infamous life this year.  But when I did become aware, it […]

Orange is the New Black

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You know what would be cool? A time machine. Oh sure, we all want to go back and kill Hitler, but that’s not why I want one.  I just want to go back and post reviews of books years before a TV or movie adaptation makes them popular so I can go back to the […]

Alternatives on a Classic

Margot

Jillian Cantor has taken Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl and written an alternate fiction in which Margot, Anne’s older sister, did not die in Bergen-Belsen after all. Instead, she survives and makes her way to Philadelphia. But, in a way, she is still in hiding. Margot has changed her name, hidden her Jewish faith, and […]

Year of the Storm

The Year of the Storm

Extremely sharp-eyed readers of this blog may recognize John Mantooth’s name from his story in Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas’s Haunted Legends, which I reviewed a few years back. Of course, since I didn’t mention Mantooth’s story in the review and since even though I am a huge fan of that collection, I myself didn’t […]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We are all completely beside ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler’s new book actually came out in May, but this is definitely a case of better late than never. The premise of the book is terrific, but it is the voice that makes it extraordinary. Rosemary, lively, wisecracking, too smart for her own good, is our narrator. She starts in the middle — […]

Longbourn

Longbourn

Jane Austen lovers are in for quite a treat. Oh wait, make that Jane Austen lovers and Downton Abbey fans. Oh yes, buy multiple copies because Longbourn has arrived at last. Imagine that among the Bennet family servants there is one just about the same age as Elizabeth. Sarah is a hard worker, solid and […]

A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky

This read was so absorbing there were times I had to wonder if I could be objective enough to review the book. There is no doubt in my mind that teens will find it appealing, but it will also push their boundaries. Lindhout begins with glimpses of a childhood that could make for a dysfunctional […]