INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

BEST BOOKS OF 2018: RADLEY BALKO & TUCKER CARRINGTON
by Megan Labrise

For a couple of decades in Mississippi’s not-too-distant past, a shady medical examiner and a dishonest dentist made a handsome living off the dead as free-wheeling forensic witnesses.

“…A truly enterprising showman, one with some charisma and some bravado, might push the boundaries,” co-authors Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write in The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A ...


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FIRE AND BRIMSTONE IN 2018
by Eric Liebetrau

In our current political and cultural climate, it would be easier to simply check out and ignore the chaos. Thankfully, many authors have turned their grievances into focused rage, producing some of the most significant, fiery books of the year.

At the top of that list is Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad (Oct. 2). In a starred review, we wrote ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2018: ALICE BOLIN
by Megan Labrise

How is it that Alice Bolin’s outstanding debut, Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, thrums with life?

“A lot of these stories that purport to be about dead girls are about anything but,” says Bolin, describing the TV genre she calls “the Dead Girl Show,” whose action centers around a young female corpse (e.g., Twin ...


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SCREENER
by David Rapp

In the opening pages of John Guy’s 2004 biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, he notes that she only learned to speak English during her final years in prison: “She spoke in French because this and Lowland Scots were her native tongues.” The film adaptation of Guy’s book, Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Josie ...


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BLOGS

CARRYING ON SYDNEY TAYLOR'S LEGACY
by Julie Danielson

Every year at about this time, we see a slew of new holiday picture books arrive on shelves. This year, there is a new offering that is one of the best I’ve seen in years—Emily Jenkins’ All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. This picture book is based on the classic children’s books written by Sydney Taylor between 1951 ...


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OF MONSTERS AND WOMEN
by Ana Grilo

“If we kill all the monsters, mankind will take their place.”
The Boneless Mercies
by April Genevieve Tucholke

What is it, you think, that drives people to want to change their lives? A chance to better themselves? An opportunity to beat boredom? To gain freedom, to achieve glory, fortune, and a place in legend?

For the girls in ...


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ALL HAIL QUEEN NORA
by Bobbi Dumas

I’m going to mostly ignore the recent dustup, except to say what a very sad situation it is. And if you have any desire to become an author, please, please, please don’t disrespect Queen Nora—and, ummm, maybe do a quick Google search before you accuse Beverly Jenkins of white privilege? *cough*

My favorite write-up that I’ve seen so far was ...


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