Ben Raines’s ‘The Last Slave Ship’; Rebecca Roanhorse’s ‘Fevered Star’; and 69 Other Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, Dec. 2021

Essential titles reviewed in our December 2021 print issue, spanning graphic novels, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, social sciences, reference, and more.


Jones, Stephen Graham. My Heart Is a Chainsaw. S. & S. Audio.

Penny, Louise. The Madness of Crowds. Macmillan Audio.

Turnbull, Cadwell. No Gods, No Monsters. Blackstone Audio. 


Ito, Junji. Deserter. Viz Media. 

Segar, E.C. Popeye, Vol. 1. Fantagraphics. 


Delany, Vicki. A Three Book Problem. Crooked Lane. 

Faye, Lyndsay. Observations by Gaslight. Mysterious: Penzler.

George, Elizabeth. Something To Hide. Viking. 

Kukafka, Danya. Notes on an Execution. Morrow. 

Lippman, Laura. Seasonal Work. Morrow. 

Prose, Nita. The Maid. Ballantine.

Topdjian, Carolyne. The Hitman’s Daughter. Agora.

Westerson, Jeri. The Deadliest Sin. Severn House. 

Wrobel, Stephanie. This Might Hurt. Berkley.


Akers, W.M. Westside Lights. Harper Voyager.

Ashton, Edward. Mickey7. St. Martin’s. 

Hansen, Essa. Azura Ghost. Orbit. 

Roanhorse, Rebecca. Fevered Star. Saga: S. & S.


Comfort, Jen. The Astronaut and the Star. Montlake. 

Elliot, Amanda. Sadie on a Plate. Berkley. 

Higgins, Chencia C. D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding. Carina Adores. 

Jackson, Kosoko. I’m So (Not) Over You. Berkley. 

St. Clair, Scarlett. King of Battle and Blood. Bloom Bks.


Byatt, A.S. Medusa’s Ankles. Knopf. 

Chan, Jessamine. The School for Good Mothers. S. & S. 

Clark, Ashley. When the Last Rose Blooms. Bethany House. 

Davis, Fiona. The Magnolia Palace. Dutton. 

Deibel, Jennifer. The Lady of Galway Manor. Revell. 

Dobson, Melanie. The Winter Rose. Tyndale House. 

Faladé, David Wright. Black Cloud Rising. Grove. 

May, Nikki. Wahala. Custom House. 

Oshetsky, Claire. Chouette. Ecco. 

Petterson, Per. Echoland. Graywolf.

Petterson, Per. Men in My Situation. Graywolf. 

Rivers, Francine. The Lady’s Mine. Tyndale House. 

Shiloh, Toni. In Search of a Prince. Bethany House. 

Sundin, Sarah. Until Leaves Fall in Paris. Revell. 


Brooks, Mel. All About Me! Ballantine. 

Chryssides, George D. Jehovah’s Witnesses. Bloomsbury Academic. 

Ivory, James. Solid Ivory. Farrar. 

Kinchin, Juliet & others. Automania. Museum of Modern Art. 

Lupton, Ellen & others. Extra Bold. Princeton Architectural. 

Sielski, Mike. The Rise. St. Martin’s.

The Soul of a Nation Reader. Gregory R. Miller. 

Tsai, Eugenie & Daniel Birnbaum. KAWS. Phaidon. 


Attenberg, Jami. I Came All This Way To Meet You. Ecco. 

Cline, David P. Twice Forgotten. Univ. of North Carolina. 

Coates, Laura. Just Pursuit. S. & S. 

Dillard, Cynthia B. The Spirit of Our Work. Beacon. 

Feldman, Noah. The Broken Constitution. Farrar. 

Graeber, David & David Wengrow. The Dawn of Everything. Farrar. 

Hughes, Evan. The Hard Sell. Doubleday. 

McHangama, Jacob. Free Speech. Basic.

Price, Catherine. The Power of Fun. Dial. 

Raines, Ben. The Last Slave Ship. S. & S. 

Robison, Peter. Flying Blind. Doubleday. 

Stotts, Rodney. Bird Brother. Island.

Weinman, Sarah. Scoundrel. Ecco. 

Ypi, Lea. Free. Norton. 


Beranbaum, Rose Levy. The Cookie Bible. Mariner. 

Cho, Kristina. Mooncakes and Milk Bread. Harper Horizon. 

Rawlence, Ben. The Treeline. St. Martin’s. 


Berg, Laura. Thriving Life. Health Communications. 

Denniston, Paul. Healing Through Yoga. Chronicle Prism. 

Dodgen-Magee, Doreen. Restart. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Karmin, Aaron. Instant Anger Management. New Harbinger. 

Plosser, Liz Baker. Own Your Morning. Hearst Home. 


Cobb, Casey D. & Gene V. Glass. Public and Private Education in America. ABC-CLIO.

Huff, Peter A. Atheism and Agnosticism. ABC-CLIO.

Iconotypes. Univ. of California. 

Posnanski, Joe. The Baseball 100. Avid: S. & S. 

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