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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace became a bestseller in Eve Stachniak’s native Canada during its first week of publication. Stachniak believes that is partly because, as far as she knows, it is the only historical novel about Catherine the Great in any language. How is that possible?! Stachniak has long been fascinated by Imperial Russia, has the [...]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Working through barriers of language, culture and gender, American Katherine Boo spent over three years in the Mumbai slum of Annawadi. Her extraordinary book reveals the truth of life in urban India. Again and again, reviews mention her novelistic writing, the uncovering of Dickensian depths of corruption, and the detail with which she brings to [...]

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

I am half-sick of shadows

Alan Bradley is quick! His last Flavia de Luce, A Red Herring Without Mustard, came out in February. Now we have another, this one a perfect addition to upcoming holiday displays. Flavia de Luce is an ideal mystery series for young adults that, in its fourth outing, has yet to flag in quality. Every entry [...]

The Night Strangers

The Night Strangers

Welcome to October, the month of Halloween and horror fiction. We begin with a ghost story by Chris Bohjalian. Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, wrote a guest review on Amazon.com. Just what is The Night Strangers? “It’s a psychological thriller. It’s a domestic drama, the story of a family coping with the aftermath of dislocation and [...]

Darkness, My Old Friend

Darkness, My Old Friend

For her latest mystery, the consistently excellent Lisa Unger returns to The Hollows, the small town setting of Fragile, which we reviewed here last year. UNGER, Lisa. Darkness, My Old Friend. 368p. Crown. 2011. Tr $24. ISBN 978-0-307-46499-6. LC number unavailable.   Adult/High School–Unger’s follow up to Fragile (Crown, 2010) takes place in the same [...]

Becoming Marie Antoinette

Today’s review is an unfortunately rare example of historical fiction that specifically focuses on the early years of a most famous figure. Concentrating on Marie Antoinette’s adolescence, Juliet Grey strives to disperse the misconceptions that are associated with her. Becoming Marie Antoinette is the first in a projected trilogy. The second, Days of Splendor, Days of [...]

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 [...]

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s gorgeous debut novel is about an 18-year-old girl who ages out of the foster care system. She begins the book homeless on the streets of San Francisco. The thing that keeps her grounded, indeed the way she is comfortable communicating with the world, is the Victorian language of flowers. Appropriately, her name is [...]

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Welcome to this week’s big fiction debut, and it could not be more suited to young adult readers. For the gamers and science fiction fans (but not only the gamers and science fiction fans) in your library, this is likely to be the book of the year. With a place on several best of the [...]

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Today, a pre-publication review of one of the most buzzed-about debuts of the fall. The Night Circus releases on September 13th, but the advanced reader copy was featured at both BookExpo and ALA earlier this summer. After reading, it was obvious that Erin Morgenstern was the perfect debut author to feature in this month’s SLJ Teen [...]