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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed Matthew Dicks’ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend because it was different from anything I’d read before. Dicks manages to surprise and delight once again with his newest release, Twenty-one Truths About Love, a novel in list form penned by anxious dad-to-be Daniel Mayrock.
I seem to be in the vast minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Alice Hoffman, author of magical realism gems like Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, excels at weaving fantastical, enchanting tales. While The World That We Knew retains the elements Hoffman is known for, it fell flat for me and I found the narrative tedious in many respects.