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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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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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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3 Stars for DEAR CHILD

Romy Hausmann’s twisty English-language debut, DEAR CHILD, has received three starred reviews! “The multiple points of view and numerous plot twists sustain the breakneck pacing, but the book’s real power lies in the author’s insightful and sensitive portrayal of the characters involved in the tragedy. This darkly disturbing thriller definitely marks Hausmann as a writer […]

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3 Stars for JACK

Marilynne Robinson’s JACK has received 3 starred reviews! “Myriad manifestations of pain are evoked, but here, too, are beauty, humor, mystery, and joy as Robinson holds us rapt with the exactitude of her perceptions and the exhilaration of her hymnal cadence, and so gracefully elucidates the complex sorrows and wonders of life and spirit.”–Booklist, starred […]

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4 Stars for JUST US

First, she changed the conversation with CITIZEN: An American Lyric. Now, Claudia Rankine’s essay collection JUST US: An American Conversation has received FOUR starred reviews! “Touching on Beyoncé, blondness, skin lightening, and the inherent tensions in her own interracial marriage, Rankine once again opens a literary window into the Black experience, for those willing to […]

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