The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, Frances Fitzgerald, Simon &Schuster, April 2017 This is a valuable book on the importance of evangelical theology and the varieties of its practice, through the lives of leaders and evangelical bodies as they have impacted, and are impacting, America. Fitzgerald chronicles the history of Evangelism in the… Continue reading Evangelism and its influence on the US
Blood Rose Rebellion, Rosalyn Eves, Knopf, out soon–March 28th 2017 The first in a YA fantasy trilogy, this teen fantasy is better than most. The story is set in an alternative 19th century time frame where the upper class, the Luminate, hold all the power through blood, money and magic. They use their magical powers… Continue reading Breaking magic
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
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
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?!
An Eagle In The Snow, Michael Morpurgo, Feiwel and Friends, January 2017 A terrific read for middle graders. Morpurgo again takes a true story and weaves it into a novel. Two young soldiers, one British, one German come face-to-face during WWI. And the British soldier’s actions have consequences that reverberate all the way through WWII.… Continue reading Two Good New Books for Historical Readers