Cathleen Keyser

13 Articles

Last 30 days
Last 6 months
Last 12 months
Last 24 months
Specific Dates

The Mars Room

Kushner delivers a powerful, character-driven story, highlighting the harsh realities of incarceration. Recommend to those who thought Orange Is the New Black was too sweet and heartwarming. ["Without a shred of sentimentality, Kushner makes us see these characters as humans who are survivors, getting through life the only way they are able to given their circumstances": LJ 4/1/18 review of the Scribner hc.]

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

While this extremely well-written book will get attention from the big names attached (author Gillian Flynn and McNamara's husband, Patton Oswalt, who both narrate their respective contributions), this work deserves to stand on its own and belongs on the same shelf with other contemporary classics of the genre. The print version is already a best seller so expect high demand. For those on the holds list, recommend Robert Kolker's The Lost Girls, James Renner's True Crime Addict, or notable true crime podcasts such as Stitcher's Stranglers. ["A haunting, if somewhat patchy read for fans of true crime": LJ 3/1/18 review of the Harper hc.]

The Last Black Unicorn

Perfect for any listener looking for a large dose of humor with their memoir. ["A bawdy, laugh-out-loud tell-all with a liberal dose of heart": LJ 12/17 review of the Gallery hc.]

The Scholl Case: The Deadly End of a Marriage

Perfect for true crime fans who prefer substance over salaciousness. Recommend this for fans of well-researched true crime podcasts like Serial, Stranglers, or Criminal.

The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

Well written, fascinating, and a gem for those who stick around for the entire work. Because of the popularity of The Black Count, this book will have no problem finding an audience. Consider pairing it with Naomi Duguid's Taste of Persia narrative cookbook or similar titles to give readers a real flavor to complement their literary travel.

Around the Way Girl

An absorbing read that is more than the typical celebrity memoir. Highly recommended. ["Written in an accessible style, it's an engaging read that feels like a conversation with an inspiring friend": LJ 10/15/16 review of the 37 Ink: Atria hc; nominated for a 2017 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award.—Ed.]

Scrappy Little Nobody

This book will have no problem finding an audience. Make room for this next to Lauren Graham's (see above) and Amy Schumer's recent titles.

American Murder Houses: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of Homicide

Conveying only an abbreviated summary of each murder, this book will probably not satisfy your true crime devotees but would be an adequate listen for those new to the topic. An optional purchase.

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

Perfect for true crime buffs, criminal investigation TV show junkies, and anyone who likes caper novels. Sit down and get your popcorn and soda ready—this is an exciting listen.

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing