‘The Queen of the Cicadas,’ ‘The Other Black Girl,’ and 65 Other Exceptional Titles | Starred Reviews, June 2021

Essential titles reviewed in our June 2021 print issue, spanning mystery & suspense, horror, graphic novels, fiction, social sciences, and more.









Allende, Isabel. The Soul of a Woman. Books on Tape.

Charles, Janet Skeslien. The Paris Library. S. & S. Audio.

Hibbert, Talia. Act Your Age, Eve Brown. HarperAudio.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Klara and the Sun. Books on Tape.

Jones, Luvvie Ajayi. Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual. Books on Tape.

Kayode, Femi. Lightseekers. Hachette Audio.

Lawson, Jenny. Broken (in the Best Possible Way). Macmillan Audio.

Peters, Torrey. Detransition, Baby. Books on Tape.

Rosen, Kenneth R.  Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. Brilliance Audio.

Schillace, Brandy. Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest To Transplant the Soul. S. & S. Audio.



Berry, Connie. The Art of Betrayal. Crooked Lane.

King, Laurie R. Castle Shade. Bantam.

Lippman, Laura. Dream Girl. Morrow.

Miley, Mary. The Mystic’s Accomplice. Severn House.

Offutt, Chris. The Killing Hills. Grove.



Sebastian, Laura. Half Sick of Shadows. Ace: Berkley.

Wallace, Matt. Savage Bounty. Saga Pr.



Delisle, Guy. Factory Summers. Drawn & Quarterly.

Hanselmann, Simon. Crisis Zone. Fantagraphics.

Jason. Good Night, Hem. Fantagraphics.

Johnson, R. Kikuo. No One Else. Fantagraphics.

Orwell, George. 1984: The Graphic Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Radtke, Kristen. Seek You. Pantheon.



Castro, V. The Queen of the Cicadas. Flame Tree Pr.

Hendrix, Grady. The Final Girl Support Group. Berkley.

Ward, Catriona. The Last House on Needless Street. Tor Nightfire.



Allain, Suzanne. Miss Lattimore’s Letter. Berkley.

Layne, Lauren. To Sir, with Love. Gallery.

Sharma, Annika. Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words. Sourcebooks Casablanca.



Austin, Lynn. Chasing Shadows. Tyndale House.

Bly, Mary. Lizzie & Dante. Dial.

Harris, Zakiya Dalila. The Other Black Girl. Atria.

Howarth, Paul. Dust Off the Bones. Harper: HarperCollins.

Joshi, Alka. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. Mira.

Kingsbury, Karen. A Distant Shore. Atria.



Akbar, Kaveh. Pilgrim Bell: Poems. Graywolf.

Anders, Charlie Jane. Never Say You Can’t Survive: How To Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories. Tor.com.

Golliver, Ben. Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight To Save a Season. Abrams.

Howard-Cooper, Scott. Steve Kerr: A Life. Morrow.

The Lunachicks with Jeanne Fury. Fallopian Rhapsody: The Story of the Lunachicks. Hachette.

Ogren, Brian. Kabbalah and the Founding of America: The Early Influence of Jewish Thought in the New World. New York Univ.

Trejo, Danny, with Donal Logue. Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. Atria.

Zenith, Richard. Pessoa: A Biography. Liveright.

Zoltan, Vanessa. Praying with Jane Eyre: Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice. TarcherPerigee.



Boatwright, Elizabeth T. The Last Things We Talk About: Your Guide to End of Life Transitions. Bull.

Schilling, Dan. The Power of Awareness: And Other Secrets from the World’s Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How To Stay Safe and Save Your Life. Grand Central.



Burrough, Bryan, Chris Tomlinson & Jason Stanford. Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth. Penguin Pr.

Deisseroth, Karl. Projections: A Story of Human Emotions. Random.

Eeckhout, Jan. The Profit Paradox: How Thriving Firms Threaten the Future of Work. Princeton Univ.

Fleming, Brandon P. Miseducated. Hachette.

Friedman, Ron. Decoding Greatness: How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success. S. & S.

Gerhardt, Megan & others. Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce. Rowman & Littlefield.

Glazer, Robert. How To Thrive in the Virtual Workplace: Simple and Effective Tips for Successful, Productive, and Empowered Remote Work. Simple Truths.

Kean, Sam. The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science. Little, Brown.

Miles, Tiya. All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake. Random.

Moore, Kate. The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear. Sourcebooks.

Oluseyi, Hakeem & Joshua Horwitz. A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. Ballantine.

Paterno, Susan F. Game On: Why College Admission Is Rigged and How To Beat the System. St. Martin’s.

Price, David A. Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age. Knopf.

Sullivan, Patricia. Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White. Belknap.

Whyte, Kenneth. The Sack of Detroit: General Motors, Its Enemies, and the End of American Enterprise. Knopf.

Wright, Lawrence. The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid. Knopf.



Flyn, Cal. Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape. Viking.

Gunter, Jen. The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism. Citadel.

Quinn, Katie. Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France. Morrow.



Mace, Darryl. Rosa Parks: A Life in American History. ABC-CLIO.

Silverstein, Helena. The Supreme Court. Greenwood.

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