INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

NEWSMAKERS
by David Rapp

In our previous issue, Indie editor Myra Forsberg looked at three indie books that feature journalists as heroes. But real-life reporters in the 1960s and ’70s, who covered everything from the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture to the Watergate scandal, also have engaging true stories to tell. These three books, all reviewed by Kirkus Indie, offer a ...


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JULY’S DEBUT STARS
by Laurie Muchnick

Looking through the piles of July books surrounding my desk, what jumps out at me is the number of first novels that have gotten starred reviews. Here are a few of them for your summer reading pleasure:

Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte (July 11): Hana is an Iraqi-American who’s just arrived in Cairo to work for the U.N ...


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ANDREW SEAN GREER
by Megan Labrise

For bestselling novelist Andrew Sean Greer, Less represents a grand departure in more ways than one.

“I was writing another book that was my typical style,” says the author of five preceding fictions, including The Path of Minor Planets and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, “sort of poignant, sort of wistful. And I was getting nowhere with ...


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US AGAINST THE WORLD
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Heck Yes!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 8
Talky Talk: Now and (Sometimes) Then
Bonus Factors:
 Blended Family, Religion, Los Angeles
Relationship Status: Hopelessly Devoted to You

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

This one sneaked up on me, because I fall a little more in love with the cover ...


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BLOGS

A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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A CAREER AS SOLID AS A ROCK
by Julie Danielson

In 2003, the New York Times referred to children’s book author Seymour Simon as the “dean” of science books for child readers. Simon, who was a classroom teacher for nearly 25 years, has been making books (more than 300 now) for nearly 50 years, and nothing much is stopping him.

This August sees the publication of Rocks & Minerals, another ...


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A THIEF, A SPY, AND A CON—HAPPY SIGH!
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s been a long time since I binge read anyone, but The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner recently became available on audio, and I scooped it up.

I’ve heard about this series for years, from people all over, and I expected it would be good given the many accolades it’s received, but I didn’t expect it would be ...


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