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Perla

Perla

Carolina De Robertis has written a beautiful novel about a horrifying time in South American history. Perla is a young woman who comes of age following Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). As a young adult, Perla learns that her family was involved in the fates of “the disappeared,” and must contend with that legacy. The novel [...]

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild

In Cheryl Strayed’s memoir she tells the story of her eleven hundred-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail, trying to find herself again in the aftermath of her mother’s early death. Strayed started in the Mojave Desert, making her way through California and Oregon to Washington State, with little experience camping and no experience [...]

The Wolf Gift and an Interview with the author

The Wolf Gift

The publication of a new novel by Anne Rice is always an event, and especially when she begins a new series. The Wolf Gift is a werewolf novel that displays her unique combination of philosophy, sensuality and gothic horror. I was thrilled to interview Anne Rice for the AB4T blog, and Random House is also [...]

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. [...]