Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from March 9–13 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Falling in Love, by Donna Leon
For many fans, the high points in Leon’s beloved Guido Brunetti series have been the two novels featuring opera diva Flavia Perelli: Death at La Fenice (1992), the series opener, and Aqua Alta (1996).
To Hold the Bridge, by Garth Nix
Nix’s collection of richly imagined short fiction begins with the title novella set in his signature Old Kingdom, a story about a young cadet who is called upon to perform a feat of danger and daring using charter magic.
The Green Road, by Anne Enright
Domestic fiction as a genre can often be humdrum in its intended goal of capturing the quotidian in family life, or it can be brilliant in its understanding of the exact point where, in family situations, the unique meets the universal.
I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest
May and Libby came up with Princess X, a katana-wielding cartoon girl with a crown and red Chucks, on the day they met in fifth grade, and for the next several years of their friendship, they wrote enough stories about her to fill a closet.
Hissing Cousins, by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
It’s hard not to like Alice Roosevelt Longworth, though Peyser and Dwyer give many reasons why we shouldn’t; for one, at 85, Alice did her impersonation of Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech (and jutting jaw) for 60 Minutes.