Reviews of the Week

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 April 6–10 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

4615_DoNoHarmMonday, April 6th

Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh

Brain surgery is risky business, even with modern technology—paralysis, stroke, and bleeding are devastating complications. Little wonder that the first chapter in this amazing account of an English neurosurgeon’s three-decade career begins, “I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing.”

4715_CuckooSongTuesday, April 7th

Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge

Few authors can evoke a twinned sense of terror and wonder better than Hardinge. After a perilous dunk in the river Grimmer that she can’t recall, Triss is unsettled by the strangeness of familiar spaces and people. Triss remembers her life, but it doesn’t feel quite . . . hers.


4815_InTheUnlikelyEventWednesday, April 8th

In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume

In her first adult novel since Summer Sisters (1998), celebrated children’s and young adult author Blume tells the story of three generations of an Elizabeth, New Jersey, family: her protagonist, 15-year-old Miri; Miri’s mother, Rusty; and Miri’s grandmother, Irene.

4915_TempleBoysThursday, April 9th

Temple Boys, by Jamie Buxton

Flea is a street kid in first-century Jerusalem, and when he hears rumors of a renowned magician coming to the city, he thinks it’s the perfect pickpocketing opportunity. That magician is Jesus, called Yeshua, in the novel, and when Flea tries to pilfer a coin purse from one of his followers, he finds himself caught up in a terrifying conspiracy.

51WMhwK2oMLFriday, April 10th

Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In her best-selling books, Infidel (2007) and Nomad (2010), each a magnetizing blend of harrowing autobiography and religious and political inquiry, Hirsi Ali forthrightly condemns the brutality of sharia law and violent jihad, which, as she reiterates here at length, are firmly rooted in the Qur’an, not departures from a religion of peace as so many claim them to be.



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