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 7–11 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Monday March 7
Save Room for Pie, by Roy Blount
Fans of National Public Radio already know Blount to be utterly delicious from his presence on Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me. The implausibly plausible fake news items that he challenges listeners to distinguish from true stories appear here and there among the short pieces comprising the text. Pithy and cleverly entertaining bits of doggerel verse, not all of them G-rated, add to the book’s general hilarity.
Tuesday March 8
Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
Fighting is Emma Carstairs’ life. She is training to be a Shadowhunter—a demon killer—and is determined to discover the truth behind her parents’ grisly murder five years ago. At her side is lifelong best friend Julian, who is also her parabatai, a bonded-for-life platonic warrior partner. As a new rash of murders occurs throughout L.A. and faces from her past return, Emma gets closer to discovering the truth about her parents, even as she and Julian begin to navigate their changing feelings for each other.
Wednesday March 9
Cousin Joseph, by Jules Feiffer
Maybe it’s a good thing we didn’t know Kill My Mother (2014) was part one in a trilogy. Otherwise, how could we have survived the two-year wait for part two? Taking us back to 1931, this one lays the foundations of Mother’s delightfully convoluted plot, and while the terrific women characters still play their parts, this one focuses more on Detective Sam Hannigan, Elsie’s husband, whose unsolved murder looms large over the later book.
Thursday March 10
The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks
The titular city of Hicks’ series opener goes by many names. Set in a highly desirable location, the city, which resembles thirteenth-century China, has cycled through conquerors, all of whom call it something new. Its permanent residents watch those rulers come and go and call it the Nameless City. Kai, son of a general in the current conquering army, the Dao, has just arrived, and he is dazzled by the place, especially the girl he sees racing across the rooftops.
Friday March 11
Everything is Teeth, by Evie Wyld
The story and illustrations in Everything Is Teeth are so inseparable, it’s hard to believe they don’t share a creator. In reality, though, novelist Wyld’s memories of a girlhood spent obsessing over sharks are the spare story underlying Sumner’s amazingly varied images. As a child, Londoner Evie spent holidays visiting relatives in Australia, her summers full of family time and, notably, the ever-present fear of shark attacks.