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NW by Zadie Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Smith takes big risks here, but some might need to read this twice before all the pieces fit together, and more conventionally minded readers might abandon it in frustration."
A wildly ambitious jigsaw puzzle of a novel, one that shuffles pieces of chronology, identity, ethnicity and tone, undermining cohesion and narrative momentum as it attempts to encompass a London neighborhood that is both fixed and fluid. Read full book review >

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WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

An impressively witty satirical first novel, London-set, chronicling the experiences of two eccentric multiracial families during the last half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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CHANGING MY MIND by Zadie Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"If she'd never written a novel, this collection alone would make me eager to read more of her work."
Rarely does a book that seems to promise so little deliver so much. Read full book review >

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THE AUTOGRAPH MAN by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Shrill, labored, and boring. Unless this is actually Smith's first novel, it's a disappointing step backward."
The follow-up to Smith's smashing debut success (White Teeth, 2000, film rights recently sold to Miramax) is an uneasy mix of Sunset Boulevard, J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man, and James McCourt's fey romantic comedies about dementedly self-absorbed beautiful people. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF OTHER PEOPLE by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"While the quality inevitably varies, the spirit of the anthology is that reading should be fun rather than work."
Character provides the thematic key to these stories, all new to this collection, from some of our finest younger contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >

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ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone."
An academic comedy of multicultural manners finds Smith recapturing the sparkle of White Teeth (2000). Read full book review >

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SWING TIME by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Moving, funny, and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire's or Michael Jackson's grace."
A keen, controlled novel about dance and blackness steps onto a stage of cultural land mines. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

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IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >