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 16–20 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Shopaholic to the Stars, by Sophie Kinsella, read by Clare Corbett
Starstruck Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) accompanies her PR-expert husband, Luke, to La La Land and is caught up in shopping and the Hollywood lifestyle while trying to start her own career as a celebrity stylist.
I Don’t Like Koala, by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso
Adam opens his present, a stuffed koala, and it’s an instant case of hate at first sight. It’s bad enough that Koala’s terrible eyes follow Adam wherever he goes, but what’s worse is Koala’s omnipresence.
The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan
In a future when land is scarce and oceans are vast, there is an almost impassible breach between those who live on the islands, called Landlockers, and those who cast about on the sea, known as Damplings.
Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, by Annie Cohen-Solal
The artist we know as Mark Rothko was born Marcus Rotkovitch in 1903, the youngest child in a secular Russian Jewish family and the only one enrolled in a traditional Talmudic school.
Black Dove, White Raven, by Elizabeth Wein
A good piece of historical fiction is a taut balancing act, and Wein walks a high-wire in her latest. Deftly weaving in details about the Italo-Ethiopian War in 1935, she traces the stunning story of Teo and Emilia, not related by blood but as good as brother and sister, who came to live in Ethiopia in 1930.