3 Stars for MY MONTICELLO

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s short story collection MY MONTICELLO–a formidable and wildly original debut–has received THREE starred reviews! “A sharp debut by a writer with wit and confidence.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Johnson wrestles with questions of racial identity, post-racial society, and the legacies of slavery in her masterly debut collection… This incandescent work speaks not just […]

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3 Stars for UNBOUND

Tarana Burke’s memoir UNBOUND: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement has received THREE starred reviews! “A soul-baring memoir by one the most significant social activists of the past two decades… An unforgettable page-turner of a life story rendered with endless grace and grit.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review “In this powerful […]

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4 Stars for Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s CROSSROADS has received FOUR starred reviews! “Much like Updike, Franzen is keenly aware that human struggle is defined by understanding and acceptance and that it is generational, ideas he admirably captures here.”–Library Journal, starred review “This masterpiece of social realism vividly captures each character’s internal conflicts as a response to and a reflection […]

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4 Stars for Rooney + Listen to an Audio Sample!

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU, Sally Rooney’s latest novel of life, love, and friendship, has received FOUR starred reviews! Plus, check out an exclusive audio excerpt. “Rooney’s third novel deals with some of the emotional dynamics and ideas explored in CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS and NORMAL PEOPLE but expands and enriches them by depicting human dramas […]

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3 Stars for THE MADNESS OF CROWDS

Louise Penny’s latest Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, THE MADNESS OF CROWDS, has received THREE starred reviews! “Seamlessly integrating debates about scientific experimentation and morality into a fair-play puzzle, Penny excels at placing her characters in challenging ethical quandaries. This author just goes from strength to strength.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review “Gamache’s longtime belief in our […]

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3 Stars for RAZORBLADE TEARS

RAZORBLADE TEARS, S.A. Cosby’s provocative and fast-paced story of bloody retribution and redemption, has THREE starred reviews! “Few novels marry tough and tender, head-banging and coming-of-age, as seamlessly as this one does, but that’s no surprise from a supremely talented writer who keeps getting better.“–Booklist, starred review “A lean, mean crime story about two bereaved […]

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3 Stars for THE SECOND

Carol Anderson’s THE SECOND: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America has received THREE starred reviews! “In her passion and precision, Anderson presents a uniquely positioned, persuasive, and unflinching look at yet another form of deadly systemic racism in American society that has stoked the centuries-long crimes of insecurity, inequality, and injustice. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: […]

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Starred Review Round-Up (4/30/21)

We’re seeing stars! These titles all received multiple starred reviews: SORROWLAND by Rivers SolomonISBN 9780374266776 | on sale 5/4/21 “Solomon once again stretches the boundaries of speculative fiction in this distinct and visceral exploration of the trauma of Black and queer bodies in an all-too believable near future.”–Booklist, starred review “They display a maturing control […]

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3 Stars for THE HOLLY

Julian Rubinstein’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core has received THREE starred reviews! THE HOLLY: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American NeighborhoodISBN 9780374168919, on sale 5/11/21 “Journalist Rubinstein tells the haunting story of a former gang member who tried to go straight and ran […]

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3 Stars for HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER

HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER, Jeff VanderMeer’s latest brilliant speculative thriller, has received three starred reviews! “VanderMeer is a marvelous craftsman. Every word here feels carefully chosen; every sentence has a purpose; every plot point causes ripples felt through the rest of the story, including Jane’s opening remark that she intends to show us “how the world ends.” […]

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