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Reviews of the Week: Beth Kendrick, Paul Theroux, Mindy Kaling, and More

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 September 14–18 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

Put a Ring on ItMonday, September 14

Put a Ring on It, by Beth Kendrick

Brighton Smith is not an impulsive person by nature. When her fiancé, Colin, informs her that he is breaking their engagement to marry a woman he just met, however, something behind Brighton’s cool, calm, and collected façade just snaps. While drowning her sorrows with her best friend, Kira, at the Whinery, Brighton spots Black Dog Bay’s “designated rebound guy,” Jake Sorenson.

Deep SouthTuesday, September 15

Deep South, by Paul Theroux

The idea that Theroux is one of the preeminent travel writers today needs neither proof nor explanation at this point in his distinguished career, but just in case some doubters do exist out there and raise their voices in objection to such an accolade, his latest travel memoir should quiet even the strongest of reservations.


Dangerous LiesWednesday, September 16

Dangerous Lies, by Becca Fitzpatrick

Like Fitzpatrick’s Black Ice (2014), this is a solid romantic thriller. Seventeen-year-old Estella is a witness in a murder trial implicating a high-ranking member of a Philly drug cartel. To keep her safe, she is put in witness protection: she’s sent to a tiny Nebraska town with a new identity as foster kid Stella Gordon, while her druggie mother is placed in rehab.

why not meThursday, September 17

Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling

Following up her widely popular first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And Other Concerns) (2011), Kaling’s conversational second book will leave readers wondering how its author even found the time to stop and reflect on—let alone write about—her life as a thirtysomething, many-hat-wearing Hollywoodian. She’s busy! But, as we could only hope, she is definitely not all business.


Beyond the SunriseFriday, September 18

Beyond the Sunrise, by Mary Balogh

Better known for her Regencies, Balogh has also written detail-rich historical romances, and this classic historical title, originally published in 1992, is finally available on audio. Robert Blake, the despised illegitimate son of an English marquess, makes his own way in the British army, earning honors in the war against Napoléon.



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