Books by Beth Kephart

GOING OVER by Beth Kephart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"While this gripping effort captures the full flavor of a trying time in an onerous place, many readers will find it hard going. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Life in the grim shadow of the Berlin Wall is vividly reflected in Kephart's moving exploration in two voices. Read full book review >
HANDLING THE TRUTH by Beth Kephart
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Generous, intelligent and genuinely insightful."
A self-described "memoir autodidact" and distinguished author's refreshingly idiosyncratic guide to the art of creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
DR. RADWAY'S SARSAPARILLA RESOLVENT by Beth Kephart
Released: May 1, 2013

"An outstanding and ultimately life-affirming tale. (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
Kephart has crafted a deeply satisfying tale that's richly evocative of its time and place. Read full book review >
SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart
Released: July 19, 2012

"Lovely and unusual—at once epic and intimate. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A young woman is forced into unexpected territory when she is packed off to a vividly imagined, shimmering Spanish countryside in order to conceal an unexpected pregnancy. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY ONLY by Beth Kephart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Though the initial draw may be the sensational subject matter, readers will come away with much more. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The heartbreaking tale of a kidnapped child and her bereft mother unfolds in alternating narratives in this intense and lovely novel. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS by Beth Kephart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"While this may not jar all readers, teens with an eye toward historical detail will likely take notice. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A young woman is lost in grief following the death of her twin sister in this tender, quiet work of historical fiction. Read full book review >
THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE by Beth Kephart
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Still, readers with an affinity for realistic tales of friendships will appreciate this story and recognize the honesty in both the girls' struggle and their reluctance to address painful experiences. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A young woman fears losing her best friend to anorexia even as she convinces her to join a volunteer work trip to Juarez, Mexico, in this tender but uneven novel. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT GHOSTS by Beth Kephart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2009

"Teens with a taste for literary fiction will appreciate the deft wordsmithing and be touched by the unabashed tenderness of the narrative, but it is unlikely to have wide appeal. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A long-buried mystery weaves its way through this delicately layered portrait of a grief-stricken daughter and father that meditates on the nature of loss. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF DANCE by Beth Kephart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"This is a beautifully told yet very quiet, small story. (Fiction. YA)"
In the summer of her 15th year, Rosie Keith shakily prepares for the death of her beloved Granddad. Read full book review >
UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Captivating. (Fiction. YA)"
In her YA fiction debut, Kephart's fluid writing style and ability to illuminate the meaningful and beautiful in the everyday combine to create a tale that is both winningly different and comfortably familiar. Read full book review >
STILL LOVE IN STRANGE PLACES by Beth Kephart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Particularly notable for the sinewy authorial voice, susceptible yet also dauntless and alert, conveying powerful insights with a strong eye for detail and color and a sure sense of what is important at a particular time and place. (19 b&w photos)"
A turbulent family drama enfolded in a nation's story. Read full book review >
INTO THE TANGLE OF FRIENDSHIP by Beth Kephart
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 14, 2000

"A curious mixture of limpid prose, compelling narrative, and greeting-card philosophy."
A meditation—sometimes profound and poignant, sometimes merely precious—on the importance of friends and the meanings of friendship. Read full book review >
A SLANT OF SUN by Beth Kephart
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1998

"While Kephart does not claim to have cured her son's PPD, parents who have received a similar diagnosis will find her revealing story immensely encouraging."
A mother's bittersweet account of raising a son to whom experts had given the ungainly label "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified," a disorder akin to autism. Read full book review >