Ruta Sepety photographed by Magda Starowieyska Fotorzepa
On the morning of Jan. 30, 1945, the German passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff left the Polish port of Gotenhafen carrying roughly 10,000 people, mostly civilian refugees. That night, the ship was struck by three Russian torpedoes. It sank in just 60 minutes, and over 9,000 people died, making it by far the worst maritime disaster in history. (For comparison, the sinking of the Titanic resulted in around 1,500 casualties.) And yet, almost no one has heard of ...
I didn’t used to overthink my choices quite so much. Then someone made what I’ve always been told is a very important choice for me, and now I tend to overthink everything else.
—Exit, Pursued By a Bear, by E. K. Johnston
It’s the beginning of Hermione Winters’ senior year in high school, and she and her best friend Polly are serving as the co-captains of their Canadian high school’s competitive cheerleading squad. While Hermione is very aware that ...
BOOK REPORT for A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Tales of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood
Cover Story: Who Run the World?
The Best: “El Destinos” by Leslye Walton and “Bonnie and Clyde” by Saundra Mitchell
The Worst Not My Favorite Genre: “High Stakes” by Andrea Cremer
Bonus Factors: American History, Diversity, LGBTQ
Break Glass in Case of: Dudes Dominating Your History Books
Cover Story: Who Run the World ...
When Mr. Barnhill asked me how my extracurriculars were, I didn’t say anything, because as far as school is concerned, I’m the president of the Misanthrope Society. Also the only member. He told me to consider community college, and I left with a pamphlet about identifying herpes.
—Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here, by Anna Breslaw
Scarlett Epstein’s clothes come from the thrift store—out of necessity, not hipsterdom—her school lunches are reduced-rate, and her mother scrapes together a living cleaning ...
BOOK REPORT for A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Cover Story: Sherlockian Toile
BFF Charm: Be Mine
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Modern Watson
Trigger Warnings: Drug Addiction, Stories of Rape
Bonus Factors: Sherlock Holmes, Series Starter
Relationship Status: It’s Elementary
Cover Story: Sherlockian Toile
This is a fabulous cover. The colors are excellent, the illustrations (which would totally fit in on a themed toile) are clever, and I really like the handwritten nature ...
There are SO many new books coming out in March. These are a very few of the titles I’m planning on picking up:
Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
Outstanding historical fiction about family and friendship set in New York City during 1977, when tensions were excruciating for a lot of reasons, not least of which because there was a serial killer stalking the city. I’ve already read this one and LOVED IT—there’s so much complexity within the characters, their ...
This winter has been easier than last winter—we’ve had very little snow up here in Maine, and it hasn’t been nearly as cold—but despite the fact that I’ve been entirely vigilant about taking my vitamin D, it’s finally all starting to get to me. As much as I want to escape into a book to get away from the dirty snow and hideous cloudy gray sky, I’ve realized that I am smack dab in the middle of that horror of ...
Tommy Wallach photographed by Tallie Maughan.
Imagine you meet a young woman with silver hair and a large wad of cash. She tells you she’s older than she looks—a lot older—and she’s just waiting on a phone call before she takes a dive off the Golden Gate Bridge and ends her very long life. Do you believe her? Do you try to stop her?
Such is the central conceit of Tommy Wallach’s new novel, Thanks for the Trouble (Feb. 23).When the mysterious Zelda Toth catches ...