Starred Review Round-Up (4/22/20)

We’re seeing stars! These titles all received multiple starred reviews:

OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght
ISBN 9780374228484, on sale 8/4/20

“The cast of characters he brings to life—both human and avian—illuminates the delicate symbiosis of the natural world and sheds a welcome light on the remarkable creatures that are too little known. Top-notch nature writing in service of a magnificent, vulnerable creature.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Slaght’s extensive field research is rendered into clear, readable prose, making it a solid choice for bird lovers, but also for armchair travelers looking for eco-adventure on the fringes of civilization.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE PINK LINE: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser
ISBN 9780374279967, on sale 7/28/20

“For readers who appreciated the New York Public Library’s THE STONEWALL READER, this work moves the observation of the evolution of LGBT life and culture to the global scale and is a must-read for all interested in ­gender studies.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Gevisser’s monumental effort in this global deep-think of a text outlines how much work remains ahead. This necessary, timely, intelligent book belongs in every library, the world over.”–Booklist, starred review

HOLLYWOOD PARK: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett
ISBN 9781250621566, on sale 5/26/20

“Jollett engagingly narrates his story…. Jollett also talks about turning pain into music, getting help for abandonment issues, and finding love and starting a family. All this results in a shocking but contemplative memoir about the aftermath of an unhealthy upbringing.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Jollett’s absorbing memoir of self, discovery, and rediscovery will have a wide audience.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE MIST by Ragnar Jónasson
ISBN 9781250768117, on sale 6/23/20

“Jónasson ratchets up the nail-biting tension gradually, alternating the developments at the farm along with the events in Hulda’s life that led to her traumatic stupor. Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn’t pull punches will be amply rewarded.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Jónasson weaves his suspenseful tales together with remorseless logic up to a climax more nightmarish than the buildup.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PELOSI by Molly Ball
ISBN 9781250252869, on sale 5/5/20

“Ultimately, this is a portrait of a persistent, fearless leader undaunted in the face of relentless opposition. Ball obviously admires Pelosi, but this is not a hagiography. A top-notch political biography.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“At one point, she quotes Pelosi’s description of what went into getting Obamacare passed: ‘You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in.’ This determination speaks to the very heart of this strong, trailblazing woman and political dynamo.”–Booklist, starred review

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