In recent years, we’ve had a wave of amazing books that deal with issues like racism, bigotry, sexism, fear, and hatred. The current U.S. political climate has forced writers — and readers — to confront hard truths, and some exceptional fiction (and nonfiction) has resulted. American Dirt is no exception.
Brodeur’s story is one of the most talked about memoirs of the year — and for good reason. With eloquent prose and a surprising ability to write about her own life as a journalist would, she reveals — for the first time — the truth of her relationship with her mother, Malabar. While Brodeur’s story isn’t as redemptive as other childhood memoirs like The Glass Castle, it is still both memorable and important, and it kept me fully engaged.
Erin Morgenstern long-awaited sophomore release, The Starless Sea, is a much-hyped fantasy that combines stories and myths and dreams in the most beautiful way. But despite its poetic prose, this ode to storytelling winds such meandering, overlapping, time-transcending tales that it’s difficult to fully understand what’s happening and to stay invested in the glimpses of the whole story we are given.
This little book brought me so much joy! Its protagonists — all three of whom are awkward in the most endearing ways — tugged at my heart, made me laugh out loud, and serve as a great reminder that we’re all a little bit weird, and that’s okay.
I was lucky enough to read an early ARC of debut author Diana Urban’s first novel, All Your Twisted Secrets, and it. is. so. good! Rife with tension, teenage drama, a love triangle, backstabbing, and secrets — not to mention a syringe of poison and a bomb (!) — All Your Twisted Secrets is Agatha Christie meets The Breakfast Club and the perfect YA thriller to keep you up all night.
After reading Red, White & Royal Blue this past spring, I’ve been on the hunt for stories to satisfy my craving for more wholesome teen romance. With its smart, tech-savvy, sassy protagonists, Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, seemed promising, but, alas, its focus on social media and the resultant drama detracted from the juicy, captivating parts of relationships, and I found it hard to stay invested.
Wooing audiences since she was just nine years old, Julie Andrews is no stranger to fame, celebrity, and the limelight. At 84 years old, Andrews just released her second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, written in conjunction with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.
For more than four decades, Stephen King has been terrifying readers around the world. With international bestsellers like Carrie and The Shining, King’s early success led to the writing of more than 60 other novels. His most recent work, The Institute, combines elements of Firestarter and IT – two of King’s most popular novels – to offer readers a chilling, memorable experience sure to keep them flipping pages well into the night.