Next book

FULGURITE

A soulful and often stunning poetry collection.

Awards & Accolades

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

A book of poetry about seeking beauty and meaning in a disintegrating world.

In this collection of poems, Kyle seeks the sacred in the modern world. She opens with a meditation on “species grief”; the speaker scrolls and scrolls on their phone, looking for answers that one can’t find on the internet. A childhood memory resurfaces while the speaker chops onions in “Confession.” The poet paints a cozy morning scene with coffee and cinnamon buns in “Hearth,” and a poem titled “Domesticity” is surprisingly sensual: “trace with your thumbnail / the line that knits my ribs, expect me to unzip. Expect / to find not blood, but hot melted nectar there.” The speaker of “Home/world” attempts to distract themself from commonplace horrors, such as mass shootings and the climate crisis, with online shopping, but to no avail: “I look up fluffy comforters. I want / to be comforted. the economy doesn’t comfort me.” Another poem features the lament, “I don’t know how to change / the world. I do know how to make good / blueberry pancakes.” The author concludes with the titular poem, in which fossilized lightning is a metaphor for the narrator: “Like this, I become / a heart that singes and sings, / full of luminous paths.” Kyle is a spellbinding poet who sometimes makes magic with words: A girl with a glitter camouflage backpack is a “sequined celebration,” a mouth is a “cotton candy paint smear,” and God “lands / as cricket song and hound barks / over dark yards. In moonstone sweat / that curls perfumed hair on her neck.” She vividly describes how the “turnip of my heart turns a little. rotates wetly,” and the way “Insects are oublietted in the lampshade.” The result is a tender, endearing narrative of what it means to be human in the modern world.

A soulful and often stunning poetry collection.

Pub Date: May 1, 2023

ISBN: 9798986966397

Page Count: 86

Publisher: Cornerstone Press

Review Posted Online: April 3, 2023

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 146


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

Next book

THE WOMEN

A dramatic, vividly detailed reconstruction of a little-known aspect of the Vietnam War.

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 146


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

A young woman’s experience as a nurse in Vietnam casts a deep shadow over her life.

When we learn that the farewell party in the opening scene is for Frances “Frankie” McGrath’s older brother—“a golden boy, a wild child who could make the hardest heart soften”—who is leaving to serve in Vietnam in 1966, we feel pretty certain that poor Finley McGrath is marked for death. Still, it’s a surprise when the fateful doorbell rings less than 20 pages later. His death inspires his sister to enlist as an Army nurse, and this turn of events is just the beginning of a roller coaster of a plot that’s impressive and engrossing if at times a bit formulaic. Hannah renders the experiences of the young women who served in Vietnam in all-encompassing detail. The first half of the book, set in gore-drenched hospital wards, mildewed dorm rooms, and boozy officers’ clubs, is an exciting read, tracking the transformation of virginal, uptight Frankie into a crack surgical nurse and woman of the world. Her tensely platonic romance with a married surgeon ends when his broken, unbreathing body is airlifted out by helicopter; she throws her pent-up passion into a wild affair with a soldier who happens to be her dead brother’s best friend. In the second part of the book, after the war, Frankie seems to experience every possible bad break. A drawback of the story is that none of the secondary characters in her life are fully three-dimensional: Her dismissive, chauvinistic father and tight-lipped, pill-popping mother, her fellow nurses, and her various love interests are more plot devices than people. You’ll wish you could have gone to Vegas and placed a bet on the ending—while it’s against all the odds, you’ll see it coming from a mile away.

A dramatic, vividly detailed reconstruction of a little-known aspect of the Vietnam War.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2024

ISBN: 9781250178633

Page Count: 480

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: Nov. 4, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2023

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 139


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

Next book

IT STARTS WITH US

Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 139


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

The sequel to It Ends With Us (2016) shows the aftermath of domestic violence through the eyes of a single mother.

Lily Bloom is still running a flower shop; her abusive ex-husband, Ryle Kincaid, is still a surgeon. But now they’re co-parenting a daughter, Emerson, who's almost a year old. Lily won’t send Emerson to her father’s house overnight until she’s old enough to talk—“So she can tell me if something happens”—but she doesn’t want to fight for full custody lest it become an expensive legal drama or, worse, a physical fight. When Lily runs into Atlas Corrigan, a childhood friend who also came from an abusive family, she hopes their friendship can blossom into love. (For new readers, their history unfolds in heartfelt diary entries that Lily addresses to Finding Nemo star Ellen DeGeneres as she considers how Atlas was a calming presence during her turbulent childhood.) Atlas, who is single and running a restaurant, feels the same way. But even though she’s divorced, Lily isn’t exactly free. Behind Ryle’s veneer of civility are his jealousy and resentment. Lily has to plan her dates carefully to avoid a confrontation. Meanwhile, Atlas’ mother returns with shocking news. In between, Lily and Atlas steal away for romantic moments that are even sweeter for their authenticity as Lily struggles with child care, breastfeeding, and running a business while trying to find time for herself.

Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-668-00122-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: July 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2022

Close Quickview