The Hearts of Men, Nickolas Butler, Harper, March 2017, out now Nickolas follows his Shotgun Lovesongs with another book on the contemporary American male. And, as an American male, I appreciate the effort. In this book, Nickolas uses Boy Scout ideals to describe the erosion of higher ideals in our cynical society, an erosion that… Continue reading Larry’s Good March Reads for Adults!
The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel, Crown, out now This is the first adult novel from a young adult writer and it’s a rather unusual treatment of incest. The characters are not all easy to hate and the entanglement of persons involved in many incest cases is presented. To be sure, the adverse aspects of incest… Continue reading Disturbing, but compelling
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, Dial (Penguin), $16.99, on our shelves now I loved this! It’s funny (that dog!), it’s sad (Alex!), it’s compelling… I could list good things forever. Outstanding for everyone – ten years and up, all the way to adult. Alex Petroski, eleven years old (but thirteen… Continue reading Cosmic!
A Piece of the World, Christina Kline, William Morrow, out Feb 21st A Piece of the World is an outstanding read by the author of Orphan Train. The book is a mixture of fact and fiction, telling the background story of Christina, the girl shown in Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World. I will never view this… Continue reading Short reviews for all ages
The Evening Road, Laird Hunt, Little Brown, February 2017, on our shelves now This is one for readers of fine literature. Hunt’s attention to writing left me amazed at his skill. Set in Indiana of 1920, this is the story of two women and a lynching. Most of the story is about Ottie Lee Henshaw… Continue reading Larry’s quick reviews for all ages—new in February!
History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund, Grove/Atlantic, On our shelves now This is a powerful and harrowing coming-of-age story that shows the power of self-deception. Fourteen-year-old Linda and her parents are the last remaining members of a failed commune living on the banks of a remote lake in Northern Minnesota. Mocked by her peers and living… Continue reading Minnesota Dark
Blood of Wonderland, Colleen Oakes, Harper Teen, Jan. 2017 This is the second book in the series that explores why the Queen of Hearts is so mean. A great idea, and a great series too! Exiled from Wonderland by the King of Hearts, and framed for the shocking murder of her brother, Dinah is in… Continue reading How’d You Get to Be So Mean?!