No magnifying glass is needed to see that Brian Selznick and David Serlin’s Baby Monkey, Private Eye revolutionizes storytelling in pictures and words.
The seriously sidesplitting tale of a petite primate cutely cracking cases is the first book by Selznick, author of New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret,Wonderstruck,andThe Marvels,and Serlin, a writer, editor, historian, and professor at the University of California, San Diego.
“Baby Monkey, Private Eye came out of the fact ...
Who are your favorite historical fiction authors?
Are you a romance purist? Do you stick to themes you know and love?
There are two wonderful novels I’ve read recently, each with fascinating historical tidbits that brought the books alive.
The first is Susan Meissner’s As Bright As Heaven.
When the Bright family moves from their small tobacco town to Philadelphia in 1918, they know life will be different. Their father has been invited to partner with his uncle, an ...
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As a reader of YA fantasy novels, Dhonielle Clayton has nothing but love for the plucky thief.
“Everybody loves the plucky thief,” says Clayton, co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and co-founder and COO of We Need Diverse Books. “You feel bad for her because she’s poor, but she steals. She can take care of herself.”
As an author, “I wanted to show the opposite,” she says. “I wanted to tell a story about a girl ...
Mami says she thought it was a saint’s name.
Gave me this gift of battle and now curses
how well I live up to it.
My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pews
wearing pretty florals and a soft smile.
They got combat boots and a mouth silent
until it’s sharp as an island machete.
—The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
I first read The Poet X back in November, and I’ve been raving ...
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There is a property in rural Idaho where a junkyard of old cars and scrap metal sprawls beneath a pristine peak. Gas reservoirs lay buried around the grounds in preparation for the End of Days. Near the junkyard rests a home that undoubtedly smells of herbal tinctures being concocted inside, watched over by the mountain. Buck Peak is the childhood home of Tara Westover, a place where doctors, the U.S. government, and the ideas of non-Mormon “gentiles” are not ...
Can we talk a bit about Louisa?
Jojo Moyes recently released Still Me, the third—and likely final—title that follows Louisa Clark, the woman we first met in Me Before You, the author’s phenomenally successful breakout novel that introduced us to Louisa when she became the caregiver to quadriplegic Will.
Will dies. (I expect most of you reading this know how that happens, and how Luisa is affected by it.) Louisa dealing with her grief, guilt and anger while figuring out ...
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Tayari Jones is unequivocal in her belief that mass incarceration, with its attendant state violence, is the “most pressing civil rights issue of our day.” Yet her latest novel, An American Marriage, makes an unjust incarceration the backdrop for a nuanced interrogation of another issue of social freedom and equality: a wife’s right to pursue her own desires and fulfill her aspirations independently of her husband.
Celestial is an artist on the cusp of critical and commercial success at ...
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When Francisco Cantú told his mother he wanted to join the United States Border Patrol, she asked a simple question: “Are you crazy?”
She had a point. Cantú was an unlikely candidate for the United States Border Patrol. He had no law enforcement experience. He was from Arizona but had spent the past few years studying the U.S.–Mexico border in Washington, D.C. A graduate program would have been a natural next step: earn a Ph.D ...