Reviews of the Week: Carl Hiaasen, Jon Klassen, Juliet Nicolson, and More!

A Full House of DaughtersMonday, June 27

House Full of Daughters
by Juliet Nicolson

Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, a British literary figure and a renowned gardener remembered best for her affair with Virginia Woolf. But Vita is simply one of the several remarkable women among Nicolson’s forebears whom she portrays with her sensitive writerly skills and fortunate family “habit of writing down the story of our lives” as part of her reconstruction of the experiences of seven generations of women.

Misadventures of Max CrumblyTuesday, June 28

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Rachel Renee Russell

Poor Max Crumbly! Stuffed in his locker for the second time in one day! Thinking he might never get out, Max decides to chronicle his first two weeks of eighth grade at South Ridge Middle School in his journal—at least then there will be a record of what happened when his body is found.

Razor GirlWednesday, June 29

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Andrew Yancy (Bad Monkey, 2013) returns in this immensely entertaining wild ride through the Florida Keys. He is still doing penance as a health inspector on roach patrol for an earlier assault with a car vacuum. But when the star of a redneck reality show called Bayou Brethren goes missing, Yancy sees a chance to win back his real cop job at the sheriff’s office.


We Found a HatThursday, June 30

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

In this concluding volume of a thematic trilogy, Klassen employs all his trademark dry wit and deadpan humor to tell the story of a hat-related caper. Unlike its predecessors (I Want My Hat Back, 2011, and This Is Not My Hat, 2012), the hat in question has already been found. Two big-eyed turtles stumble across a white cowboy hat in the middle of the desert and take turns trying it on.

MarconiFriday, July 1

Marconi by Marc Raboy

After Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves in 1888, many of scientific bent sought a use for them. It was quickly discovered that they could carry a signal, but how far? For demonstrating radio’s essentially limitless range, and, more practically, defending patents and capitalizing companies, Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937) was globally lionized in his lifetime as the progenitor of wireless communication.




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