The Square Root of Summer Roaring Brook On our shelves now A good teen summer romance. Many similar books are around, but what sets this one apart is the smartness of the main character, plus a hint of fantasy. In some ways, a perfect romance for geek girls and I love the book for this… Continue reading Quick Reviews for All Ages – Out Now and Coming Soon!
Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave, Simon, May 2016, review by Larry A WWII story of a woman in London and a soldier on Malta, living through the worst of the Blitz and the Siege of Malta. Both characters experience the captivity of war and the fight to believe in a future. The main characters… Continue reading Another Read for Fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See
Every Exquisite Thing, Matthew Quick, Little Brown, May 2016, review by Larry Quick is the author of the popular Silver Linings Playbook. Every Exquisite Thing has the same light tone, despite dealing with some heavy life issues. The main issue here is living up to expectations and the book will have particular resonance with… Continue reading Teenage Rebellion – and more
Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair, Henry Holt, April 2016 – review by Larry Every war has its books and memoirs that help define it. Consequence is a defining memoir of the Iraq War in the years around 2004. Eric Fair believed he was destined to serve his country and after a military career,… Continue reading Defining Iraq Memoir
Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk, Dutton, April 26, 2016 – review by Larry Simply stated, Wolf Hollow is one of the most elegant books I have read in a long time. Elegant in conception, elegant in story telling, elegant in layering of complexity, plus, elegant portraits of personalities and elegant writing. And while it is a… Continue reading “Fabulous, just fabulous!”
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, Antony Hodgson, Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt, out now – Review by Larry An excellent historical novel about a true crime committed during the region of George II and Queen Caroline. The novel is followed by comments on the reality of the tale. The writing reminded me of Tom Jones for… Continue reading Historical Fact in Fiction
300 Days of Sun, Deborah Lawrenson, Harper, April 2016 – Review by Larry Simply a very good read! The characters are well developed, the pace keeps moving and it is a good blend of historical fiction with contemporary consequences, including a novel within a novel. The past… A family leaves Germany for Portugal to get… Continue reading Past and Present