INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

BEST BOOKS OF 2016: LARA FEIGEL
by Alexia Nader

Numerous artists, journalists, and novelists have chronicled the Allies’ attempt to denazify and democratize Germany after the country’s surrender in 1945. Rather than let the vast body of literature about that period intimidate her, author Lara Feigel used it to her advantage. Her new book, The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich, is both a cultural ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PAMELA HAAG
by Alexia Nader

What does a haunted house in California have to do with gun control? This question animates Pamela Haag’s newest book, The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture, a history of the gun business in the late 19th century focused on the Winchester family. Haag shows this history as two interrelated stories, represented respectively in the ...


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THE KIRKUS GUIDE TO THIS SEASON’S BEST GIFT BOOKS

Kirkus’ reviewers, journalists, and editors spend all year long reading books long and short, big and small. Except for our picture-book reviewers, most of us spend the year reading books full of words and no images. So we look forward to the end of the year, when publishers push coffee-table books, art books, and cookbooks with abandon. Here’s a guide ...


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TIMELESS IN 2016
by Eric Liebetrau

Each year, one of my most difficult tasks is the selection of the 100 books for the Best Nonfiction issue. As tough as the process is, however, it’s not realistic to believe that all 100 books—or even a small percentage of them—are going to be studied 10, 20, or 100 years from now.

But making predictions is always fun, and ...


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BLOGS

ALL IS NOT LOST
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

Cover Story: In the Clouds
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Heavy, Yet Hopeful
Anti-Bonus Factor: Suicide
Relationship Status: Here For You

Trigger Warning: Teach Me to Forget deals with attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts, cutting, severe depression, how suicide affects the people who are ...


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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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THE PADAWAN THAT GOT AWAY
by Thea James

I love Star Wars.

Like many science fiction fans, I grew up enamored of Jedi and The Force. As a kid, I religiously watched the original trilogy with my family (we are a family of re-watchers). As a teen, I bought into the prequel trilogy: I braved the lines for each film premier showing, collected the video games, the Pepsi ...


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