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 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
The Debtor Class, by Ivan G. Goldman
This amazing book is peopled by the lowest of the low: crooked cops, embezzling assistants, jailhouse bullies, bill collectors. It’s also one of the year’s funniest efforts, good-natured and warmhearted, with the author displaying great verbal skills and characters drawn from a remarkably fertile imagination.
Until the 1970s, fashion happened exclusively in France. “Whatever Paris said, women all over the world took heed,” writes Pulitzer Prize–winning fashion critic Givhan in this examination of the fascinating day that this dynamic shifted forever.
Odysseus Abroad, by Amit Chaudhuri
Certain that his destiny was to become a “world-famous poet,” Ananda left Bombay to attend college in London. After two years, he still feels “foreign and out of place.”
Art Installations, by Alix Wood
Can a stone wall be art? What about a giant rubber duck? Is calling it art all that matters? On splashy pages with eye-catching graphics and full-color photos of a variety of works, some less than a year old, this engaging volume in the But Is It Art?
Tabula Rasa, by Kristen Lippert-Martin, read by Kate Rudd
Rudd’s impeccable performance beautifully complements this dystopian tale’s adrenalin-pumped pace. She keeps the action pulsing and holds listeners’ attention as she relates the telling details that build texture, propel plot twists, and reveal intriguing character facets.