One of the Boys is a heartbreaking debut novel about two boys and their father, starting a new life in Albuquerque. At first, I thought maybe, just maybe, it was a good thing these boys were no longer with their mother, whom they all claim to hate. Their father, a dreamer (narcissist?), says they’ll have
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Memoirs as graphic novels, such as Persepolis, Fun Home, or the March trilogy, is a genre I find fascinating and Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is definitely in keeping with that trend. This is a book that is beautiful both in story and appearance. Bui’s illustrations are in muted tones of black, white,
The newest novel from Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, is A Piece of the World, a fictional biography of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous subject. Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World depicts his neighbor, Anna Christina Olson. While much is known about this woman in connection to Wyeth, Kline fills in the gaps in our knowledge
The Golden Age, by Australian novelist and bookseller Joan London, takes place in a hospital for children recovering from polio in Perth in the 1950’s. That may not sound like a particularly cheerful subject and, in many ways, it isn’t. The novel covers not only the ravages of polio, but also, because it centers around
The two novellas in So Much for That Winter have certain things in common with each other and relatively little in common with anything else I’ve ever read. They are unique in form. “Minna Needs Rehearsal Space” is told in declarative sentences, one after another, one line at a time, never grouped as paragraphs. “Days” is a
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