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Demon Copperhead

Kingsolver has successfully created an authentic voice for her teenage protagonist, a voice at once heartbreaking, humorous (often at his own expense), and ultimately resilient. This highly recommended work is an excellent read in conjunction with Beth Macy’s Dopesick and J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (both nonfiction) and novels like Tess Gunty’s The Rabbit Hutch and Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.

The Last Party

Mostly for fans of Lucas’s previous title or other “frenemy” novels such as those by Jennifer Donaldson or Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell.

A Sunlit Weapon

Winspear weaves the many components of this mystery together skillfully to create another riveting entry in this long-standing series.

All Our Shimmering Skies

In this follow-up to Dalton’s LJ best-booked debut, Boy Swallows Universe, goodness, hope, and a bit of magic are pitted against gritty realities. The result is unquestionably appealing, though somewhat diminished by a number of characters who seem like period movie clichés.

The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois

A worthy addition to the growing corpus of Black generational novels, and an essentially American story.

Should We Stay or Should We Go

As an exercise in possibility--how any of us may reach old age and face death--this novel is sometimes prophetic, sometimes preposterous, but never boring.

Dust Off the Bones

Grounding this story in historical fact, Howarth (Only Killers and Thieves) quickly draws readers into a riveting, action-packed tale of life in Australia between 1890 and 1910. The violent scenes are sufficiently graphic to achieve the intended impact without being overdone. Descriptions of landscapes and characters are swiftly drawn but not superficial; strong women characters add to this engrossing tale.

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor

This short book is an inspiring, yet heartbreaking read. Jaku’s message, he says, is to above all remain grateful in the face of adversity. His words will resonate, and his story will engage readers interested in Jewish history or inspirational writing.

Operation Pedestal: The Fleet That Battled to Malta, 1942

Hastings should please his current fans and attract new devotees with this lucidly limned account, suitable for general readers and specialists alike.


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