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Weekly Reviews: Buzz Books

The Interestings

Some books receive more “buzz” than others in the lead-up to publication. Today we review three books that have received more than their fair share. First, our starred review of the day — The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Wolitzer’s fiction is always excellent and often provocative. Everyone, from the New York Times to EW and People, […]

Weekly Reviews: Magic

What the Family Needed

Today’s three reviewed novels share elements of the supernatural and magical realism. What teenager doesn’t wish for a superpower, if only to imagine themselves less under the control of the adults in their lives? In a series of connected vignettes, What the Family Needed introduces seven members of one family who grapple with special abilities. […]

Weekly Reviews: Historical Fiction

My One Square Inch of Alaska

Some of you might think I’m stretching the definition of historical fiction with the first book up today. But if we consider historical fiction as works in which historical backdrop plays a strong role in the story, I think this qualifies. In any case, I am excited to introduce My One Square Inch of Alaska, a traditional […]

The Bartender’s Tale

The Bartender's Tale

Ivan Doig’s new novel graces AB4T as the starred review of the week. Recently, I wrote about the number of western novels with teen appeal, and mentioned Doig’s The Whistling Season, a 2007 Alex Award winner. The Bartender’s Tale returns to the rural setting of that novel — Two Medicine Country, Montana — where once […]

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man

When Captain Flint was Still a Good Man

Nick Dybek‘s debut is about fathers and sons, villains and heroes. The Granta New Voices program highlights six debut authors each year. Dybek became a Granta New Voice in December, and there is an excellent, extensive interview on their site about his novel. He shares this, “In children’s books the villains are usually doomed while the […]

Forgotten Country

Forgotten Country

Catherine Chung’s widely acclaimed debut novel is about Janie’s search for her sister after she disappears. Janie’s family has lost a daughter in every generation, the aspect of the story emphasized in its haunting book trailer. The author weaves Korean history, including the war, into her family narrative. Chung was named a Granta New Voice […]

The Little Bride

The Little Bride

Anna Solomon has a fun story about coming across the idea for The Little Bride. She was googling herself, and found a woman named Anna Solomon Freudenthal who was a Jewish pioneer in  the 19th century. The launch party for The Little Bride was held at the Tenement Museum. Although not found on most tourist agendas […]

No, But I Read the Book

The Kite Runner

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Last week I met a school librarian who was quick to announce, as soon as we’d been introduced, that I would be pleased to hear she and her colleagues have begun to collect graphic novels in the high school library. “I can’t read them, of course, but I […]

Along the Watchtower

Along the Watchtower

Lucinda grows up at the very end of the Cold War, the daughter of a military family who has never lived in the United States. They have moved from one base to another her whole life. This book is about how she copes during her teen years, particularly with a volatile mother, an oblivious father, […]

Salvation City and literary fiction

Salvation City

One of the programs I attended at Midwinter last weekend was the ALA/ERT Booklist Author Forum Literary Fiction Panel, moderated by Brad Hooper of Booklist, featuring authors Susan Vreeland, David Levithan, Stewart O’Nan, and Armistead Maupin. I always enjoy the Friday Booklist Forums at ALA Conferences. This time I was particularly interested because Susan Vreeland’s […]