Kirkus Reviews: Digital Edition

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February 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 4

A young woman struggles to understand herself in Catherine Chung’s luminous debut; Alison Bechdel returns with a psychologically complex, ambitious, illuminating successor to Fun Home; Laura Vaccaro Seeger applies her die-cut genius to the color green, with sublime results

February 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 3

A hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted protagonist shines in Bernard Cornwell’s latest; acclaimed novelist Rick Moody shows off his considerable gifts for parsing music; an abandoned bus becomes a flourishing urban community center in Bob Graham’s latest; and more

January 15, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 2

Lauren Groff delivers an astonishing second novel filled with revelations; Winston Groom provides essential reading for Civil War buffs and a great overview of a key battle for neophytes; Multiple-award–winner Sonya Hartnett crosses from YA to chapter books, ably abetted by Ann James; and more

January 01, 2012: Volume LXXX, No 1

Nathan Englander offers up a rich, emotionally complex collection of short stories; Philip Taubman provides a timely portrait of an alliance of former Cold War mavens now committed to nuclear disarmament; Shane W. Evans follows up last year’s stunning Underground with an equally powerful look at the 1963 March on Washington; and more

December 15, 2011: Volume LXXIX, No 24

Chris Pavone delivers a highly enjoyable debut thriller with unexpected twists and turns sure to keep readers guessing; Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith deliver a gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the life of Vincent van Gogh; Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & R. Gregory Christie bring to life an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement; and more

December 01, 2011: Volume LXXIX, No 23

Jesmyn Ward tells the story of a family torn apart by grief and loss; Pulitzer winner Katherine Boo delivers the best book yet written on India in the throes of a brutal transition; Meg Rosoff returns to the literature with a wry, deliciously blasphemous take on Creation; and more

November 15, 2011: Volume LXXIX, No 22

Ayad Akhtar pens a fine novel centered on questions of religious and ethnic identity; Walter Isaacson delivers an impeccably researched, vibrant biography of Steve Jobs; Veera Hiranandani gives 21st-century readers a Margaret Simon for their times in her debut for children; and more

November 01, 2011: Volume LXXIX, No 21

Gregory Maguire completes his series The Wicked Years with a fun, action-filled novel; The American Society of Magazine Editors presents a bounty of periodical perfection; Nick Lake explores two Haitis: the one born from revolution and the other ravaged by earthquake; and more