A novel about 5 marriages, a mysterious political death, and possible spirit possession in contemporary Zimbabwe? Spirits are the least of worries for anyone trying to navigate the post-colonial world of southern Africa and the twists and turns of modern marriage. The author leads the reader through a complicated social and emotional landscape with lovely, spare prose. creating a work that is difficult to classify but easy to admire.
This is a mystery that doesn't feel formulaic at all. A young boy loses his family in an instant, and the way his own life is saved turns a struggling artist into a hero. Answers to why this happened are wrapped in a larger story about celebrity in the digital age and how news is often "made" now, rather than simply being reported. This book left me feeling intrigued even after it ended.
Being mauled to death by a wild animal is on everyone's list of ways we hope not to die. Bears in our national parks have made this nightmare come true for some unfortunate visitors. One such killing is at the center of this book, which manages to make gripping reading out of the history and conflicting philosophies about how we keep wild places wild, and safe, after we have meddled with them.
The phrase" hallucinatory prose" is thrown around a lot, but it sticks to this author. Ramona Ausubel has written a gorgeous, un-put-downable book about living in the 60's and 70's, being rich and then not, being a parent and being a child, then having those roles reversed. How can such a page-turner be "literary"? See for yourself!
I must admit to struggling with young adult fiction. Sometimes it seems to be more about the lesson than the story, but this book is definitely an exception: its message is vitally important in today's gender discussions, and its story is very compellingly told. I think it's the first YA book I've ever read in one go. Do. Not. Miss.
If you've ever lost a pet, or been angry at a parent, or wondered how war feels to the young and vulnerable, read this book. The author puts the reader straight into the mind of a fox and the 12-year-old boy who rescued him as a young abandoned kit, using the loveliest language to describe their struggles with these thorny issues. You might cry, though. Be prepared!
This book is like a Pixar movie: a visual treat that's full of humor that's great for kids, but also very enjoyable for adults. Even in this tongue-in-cheek retelling of the classic children's tale, in the end, the young heroine fools the bad guys....er....dinosaurs
Who would make a good president? This giant squid thinks HE would! The qualifications he boasts of seem a bit superficial, but he's certain he's the best for the job. However, the everyday citizens under the sea gently set him straight. There are colorful cartoonish illustrations and an important message humorously conveyed in this timely picture book.
If you want to experience the world through a mind that started out on the autism spectrum and then ended up not so much, read this first-person narrative recently featured on NPR's Fresh Air! The author of Look Me in the Eye, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age 40, writes this new book as an account about subjecting himself to transcranial magnetic stimulation as part of research into this treatment as a possible remediation for the social disability. Spoiler alert: he discovers that there is an upside and a downside to becoming more "neurotypical."
Brace yourself, and listen to the voices of 200-odd thirteen to nineteen year old girls, who give us a scary peek over the shoulders of our youngest women, many of whom spend enormous amounts of time staring at the screens of their phones. What they often see on "social media" is misogyny, exhibitionism and sexual abuse. Author Sales will surely get her wish, that this book help us face and begin to solve the problems our children grapple with at the time in their lives when their identities are just beginning to form.
Another title for this book might be "Into Thick Smoke," Readers who appreciated Jon Krakauer's Everest classic will see similarities in this riveting account of the events that led to nineteen Arizona firefighters dying together on one horrific day in June 2013. Author Santos is the New York Times Phoenix bureau chief and the power of her book is in no way diminished by knowing how it ends.
If you are a bit hazy on the origins of ISIS/ISIL, and the advisability of the whole carpet-bombing thing, Joby Warrick's gripping, concise account of the rise and proliferation of post-Al-Queda jihadists is the book for you. Hint: the combination of Arab jails and American intelligence missteps is a key ingredient.
If you've ever envied surfers, read this coming of age memoir. It will aggravate your longing and increase your understanding in equal measure. William Finnegan, a staff writer for the New Yorker, was reluctant to come out as a surfing addict, but fortunately he summoned the courage to take us along from his childhood in California to Hawaii, Indonesia, Central America and all over the world perfecting both his writing and his surfing. Bear witness!
After practicing medicine for almost 40 years, I’ve learned a lot about navigating our bewildering health care system from my side of the examining table., but this book puts that expertise into YOUR hands, or the hands of anyone you care about. The author has crafted a very readable, well-organized plan for taking more control of your health care, beginning with how and why patients need to create a working partnership with their primary care provider. Other chapters mix personal anecdotes from patients, tips from physicians and the best places to research the newest and best information on you own health concerns. I plan to purchase a copy of this book for my own reference. I’m prescribing it for you too!