Jacqueline Snider

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Like Valeria Luiselli in Lost Children Archive, Adiga bears witness to the disruption, pain, and hardship inherent in needing to leave one’s country and find refuge elsewhere. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Sights, smells, tastes, and a strong sense of injustice as well as unexpected acts of kindness all inform the novel’s complex structure. Its powerful insights into Turkey’s past and present challenges and the world today make it highly recommended.

Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight To Save America’s Public Schools

This extensive analysis is required reading for anyone concerned about American education. 


Broken Man on a Halifax Pier

Charles may be broken, but his hometown and the ocean itself seem to live and breathe. A great vacation book, one to take to the beach or to curl up with by the fireplace.

Lost in the Spanish Quarter

By focusing on Heddi’s relationship with Neapolitan language and culture, the book is similar to Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station in suggesting that while immersion in a different environment can be challenging, it facilitates growth and change. While the narrative could have used some tightening and more editing, it will appeal to students and adults interested in all that college, first love, and new experiences bring to one’s life.

Here I Am!

A wide range of readers from late adolescence on will find this compelling story of one youngster’s adventure full of psychological depth and rich characterization.

Death and the Seaside

Another triumph from Moore, her clear and unambiguous writing style as well as her ability to build tension will appeal to both adolescents and adults.


College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

While there are many books on this topic, parents and students will find Shulman’s monthly schedules and to-do lists very helpful.

Bridge of Clay

Though the movement from one chapter to the next can be confusing—the novel would have benefited from more editing and tightening—Zusak just loves his characters (including the animals), and the reader will, too. Marketed for a YA audience in the United States but best suited to strong YA readers and adults.

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