Emily Skrutskie’s space adventure novel, Hullmetal Girls, is told from the perspectives of two young women who have “taken the metal”—a process whereby a robotic exoskeleton is fused with their bodies and new consciousnesses integrated into their brains—in order to become policing weapons of the state. Such an advanced force is necessary to keep the peace in the Fleet, a collective of space ships that carries the remnants of humanity in search of a new world. The deeply religious Aisha ...
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The sleep of reason gives birth to monsters. So noted the painter Francisco Goya in the midst of one of the ugly little wars sweeping across Europe in his day.
In the midst of another ugly little war, this one in our time, a soldier leaves the battlefront badly hurt—so much so that she thinks, on awakening, she has returned from the dead. So Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife relates. The soldier does not quite recall the sequence of ...
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Jean Guerrero is an award-winning journalist. Her father is a schizophrenic.
No, that’s not quite right.
Jean is reckless, with self-destructive tendencies. Her father is a shaman misunderstood by Western medicine.
No, it’s more complicated than that.
She’s a brilliant writer, he’s a victim of CIA mind-control experiments. She’s American. He’s Mexican.
None of these labels fits Guerrero or her father, which is the point of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, a powerful, revealing book that snakes across Jean’s life in ...
Late spring is what I like to think of as Daniel Silva season around the Kirkus office, when reviewers and staffers start clamoring for the galley of Silva’s latest thriller about art restorer and Israeli intelligence chief Gabriel Allon, which comes out reliably every July.
This year’s model, The Other Woman, is the third in a row to earn a Kirkus star; our reviewer says, “Russia is the adversary here, and Allon and his team must find the one woman ...
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“We believe that innocent children should not be separated from their parents. We believe the ‘Zero Tolerance’ directive issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cruel, immoral and outrageous. We believe the Department of Justice is engaging in practices that should be restricted to the pages of dystopian novels. We demand and expect better, and call on our readers to do the same.”—An official statement by “Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages,” a campaign to oppose President ...
In this sponsored article, we talk to the librarian who tripled circulation despite devastating budget & staff cuts
Growing up in Southern California, Michael Jimenez went to the library just twice: once in elementary school class and once in high school, with his parents.
“It was an intimidating experience, I remember, as a kid,” Jimenez says of visiting the library with his parents, who are Salvadoran immigrants. “I didn’t know what to do. My parents didn’t speak very good English, so trying to translate with the librarian there....” He pauses. “We didn’t go back.”
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In light of the #MeToo movement, Kagiso Lesego Molope’s This Book Betrays My Brother may seem powerfully prescient to North American readers in 2018. But it was first published in South Africa in 2012.
“The story that really inspired me to write the book was something that was happening in South Africa at the time,” Molope says of the 2005 trial of politician Jacob Zuma, who was ultimately acquitted of raping a young woman from his inner circle. “Women—a ...
We talk to Marlene England, oo-owner of Curious Iguana
Like most indie bookstores, Curious Iguana, in Frederick, Maryland, is also a social hub, events space, and contributor to local schools, nonprofits, etc. Their mission—“Get to know your world”—is evident in their curation of international lit and donations to global causes. (Pins on a world map in the store show where they’ve contributed.) “We believe that doing well as a company and doing good in the world aren’t mutually exclusive,” says co-owner Marlene England. Here we talk with her ...