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The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka’s new novel is the story of picture brides traveling from Japan to San Francisco in the early 20th century. Perhaps most striking is the collective voice with which it is told. Otsuka spoke during the Library Journal Day of Dialog that preceded BookExpo in late May, and called being a picture bride the [...]

Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

Ardency

Happy National Poetry Month! I am excited to kick it off with a review of Kevin Young’s Ardency, a fascinating way to discover, explore, and contemplate the Amistad incident. Imagine what a high school student might take away from this literary treatment compared to reading a page or two in a history book. Here, layers [...]

Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

So much buzz and anticipation preceded this week’s publication of Karen Russell’s first novel that I was nearly afraid to read it for fear of disappointment. Russell won the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award in 2009, was included among The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 last summer, and was named one of Granta’s [...]

The Sonderberg Case

The Sonderberg Case

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has published over 50 books. His latest is a slim volume, but within its pages he raises multiple philosophical and ethical questions. Is it one to recommend to the many teens who have read Night? WIESEL, Elie. The Sonderberg Case: A Novel. tr. from French by Catherine Temerson. 192p. Knopf. 2010. [...]