Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

LOVE IN LOWERCASE by Francesc Miralles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfyingly quaint romance."
A series of surprising events lends a solitary bachelor a second chance at love. Read full book review >
RIVER OF INK by Paul M.M. Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Ambitious and interesting. Cooper's book has its merits, but read Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights for more assured storytelling."
Just ask Scheherazade: it's a dangerous business being bard to a king. Read full book review >

GIRL THROUGH GLASS by Sari Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This portrayal of a ballerina's transformation and sacrifice burns with the beauty of fire: it's powerful, it's destructive, and it dares you to try and look away."
Wilson's debut novel weaves together the past and present of one dancer's life: first, as a young girl in 1970s New York forgoing her childhood to become an elite ballerina, and then as an adult trying to rebuild her life in the wake of her accumulated sacrifices. Read full book review >
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Artful, original, insightful. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
After a young girl is left to fend for herself in World War II Poland, she stumbles upon an intriguing gentleman who she hopes will guide her out of the emerging chaos of war. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICAN GROWTH by Robert J. Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A masterful study to be read and reread by anyone interested in today's political economy."
A comprehensive analysis of "one of the most fundamental questions about American economic history." Read full book review >

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >
NOAH'S WIFE by Lindsay Starck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It's the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable."
There's an endless amount of rain, animals from a once-renowned and now ruined zoo, various boats, and a man of God named Noah. But this isn't your average biblical flood scenario. Read full book review >
GOOD ON PAPER by Rachel Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"In this feat of a novel, knowledge is a tiny first step on the way to understanding."
A translator struggles to redefine her work, her family, and her sense of self. Read full book review >
LAY DOWN YOUR WEARY TUNE by W.B. Belcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A little more variation from expectation would have been welcome. Still, a well-intended and welcome first effort."
Musicians can be a handful. Even folk musicians. That's not news—but it's news you can use, courtesy of Belcher's modest debut. Read full book review >
THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Elegant Babe's thoughts, if not her lips, are unsealed at last. Those unaware of the scandal get CliffsNotes; and everyone else gets a chance to judge whether a swan's muteness can be more interesting than her gripe."
Class, cliques, and cattiness converge in this New York fable based on the lives of Truman Capote and his greatest fan, Babe Paley. Read full book review >
UNSPEAKABLE THINGS by Kathleen Spivack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Well written but ill-conceived."
In poet/memoirist Spivack's first novel (With Robert Lowell and His Circle, 2012, etc.), magic realism is used to explore the plight of post-World War II Jewish refugees in Manhattan. Read full book review >
THE UNFINISHED WORLD by Amber Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"Stylish and deeply imagined."
A collection of elliptical stories in which death throws a long shadow over an eclectic group of characters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >