Kirkus Reviews knows which books readers are eager to read and are really worth the time.
Topping their list of books that are “not just popular but pretty great to boot” is Euny Hong’s THE BIRTH OF KOREAN COOL: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture!
The funny, young Korean-American Journalist Hong turns her skewering lens on her own South Korean culture, which Kirkus called, “A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow.”
BONUS: check out the Kirkus interview with Euny Hong.
Also on their can’t miss-list is SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen.
One of America’s most gifted novelists projects dark and daring speculations upon the incredible-but-true 19th-century story of a child piano prodigy who was blind, autistic and a slave. “If there’s any justice, Allen’s visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject’s performances, should propel him to the front rank of American novelists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review. Even the New York Times Book Review gave SONG OF THE SHANK a front page rave review!