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Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy

A.J. Jacobs has already improved his spirit and his mind by following the Old Testament for a year (in The Year of Living Biblically) and reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica from cover to cover (in The Know-It-All). Now he humbly — and once again with great good humor — broaches the diet & exercise craze. I […]

Trail of the Spellmans

Trail of the Spellmans

The fifth installment in Lisa Lutz’s Spellman series has arrived. We reviewed the fourth back in 2010. Makes me laugh to reread my post that day — the movie version never happened, obviously. Ironic since The Spellman Files began life as a screenplay. I was on the Alex Awards the year The Spellman Files made the list, […]

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

Unorthodox

Deborah Feldman was born into the Satmar sect of a Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her memoir addresses her coming-of-age and eventual departure from that community. The book’s publication created a flurry of publicity. An author video, available on Feldman’s homepage, shares a bit of what she was hoping to achieve and how attending college, in secret, helped […]

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

What teen is going to sit down and read a 656-page biography?? Well, I have to tell you, Steve Jobs is one of the most-requested nonfiction books in my library this year. Just yesterday, walking down the hall, a teacher asked if the library owned it. Sitting at my desk about half an hour later, […]

Kisses from Katie

Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis was only 19 when she moved to Uganda and founded Amazima Ministries in 2008. Amazima feeds and educates orphaned children in Uganda. To hear from Katie herself, take a look at the Simon & Schuster video on YouTube, or at Katie’s blog. DAVIS, Katie & Beth Clark. Kisses from Katie: A Young Woman’s Journey of […]

A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life

Jaycee Dugard’s memoir was an instant bestseller, and its teen appeal is obvious — Dugard was a teen for half of the time she was in captivity, and teens enjoy reading sensational, true stories. It is especially haunting that writing a bestselling book was on a list of goals she made while in captivity. Also […]

Secrets of the Wolves

Secrets of the Wolves

Writing books from a wolf’s point of view isn’t easy, but that is Dorothy Hearst’s goal in her trilogy, The Wolf Chronicles. Hearst writes, “The biggest challenge was getting the level of anthropomorphism right. If I were to be completely accurate in depicting how a wolf perceives the world, the book would have been impenetrable for […]

The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

This novel has an interesting genesis. British editor Lydia Newhouse had the idea of writing about Jo March’s great-great granddaughters, combining their stories with found original letters by Jo. Gabrielle Donnelly won the commission to write the novel. Her author website, and particularly an interview in the About section, covers her love of the original […]

So Much Pretty

So Much Pretty

Cara Hoffman has written an intriguing, tangled puzzle of a novel that defies categorization, and the excitement surrounding it is contagious. It seems like every day for the last two weeks I have seen a different tweet, article, or rave for this book. It landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List, and is today’s #fridayreads giveaway […]

Kings of Colorado

Kings of Colorado

Today it is my pleasure to present a review of Kings of Colorado, a book that has flown under the radar up to this point, despite strong reviews. There is a revealing conversation with David Hilton on the Simon & Schuster website. Hilton used to be a middle school teacher, so he knows young people. […]