Reviews of the Week: Mo Willems, Mary Berry, Michael Chabon, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from September 6 through September 9 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

moonglowTuesday, September 6

Moonglow, by Michael Chabon

A young writer named Michael Chabon listens in breath-held astonishment as his ailing grandfather, whose lifelong reticence has been vanquished by strong painkillers, tells the hidden stories of his past. The real-life Chabon (Telegraph Avenue, 2012), a master of the ravishing sentence and the entrancing tale, creates, in his most beautifully realized novel to date, avidly realized scenes of mayhem and enchantment.



lgbtqplusWednesday, September 7

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

It has only been since about 2010, Cronn-Mills reports in this valuable survey of the status of LGBTQ+ athletes, that fairly large numbers of athletes have come out. The reaction has not always been salutary. In 2012, for example, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”


cooking-with-mary-berryThursday, September 8

Cooking with Mary Berry, by Mary Berry

Berry, who has won hearts as the friendly judge on the BBC import Great British Baking Show, and its American spin-off, Great Holiday Baking Show, published Baking with Mary Berry last year. Here, after a brief, general, photographic how-to introduction, Berry gathers well over 100 of her test-kitchen-approved recipes for all meals of the day.



nanette-baguetteFriday, September 9

Nanette’s Baguette, by Mo Willems

Mom asks Nanette, a young frog sporting a Madeline-style hat, to get a baguette. Elated (“Baguettes are warm. Baguettes smell wonderful.”) with this new responsibility, she sets off, only to be distracted by Georgette, Suzette, Bret and his clarinet, and Mr. Barnett and his pet, Antoinette (a fly).



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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