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 19 through September 23 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, September 19
Vietnam: A History of the War, by Russell Freedman
How could an undeclared war with a tiny nation across the world become, according to former State Department official George Ball, “probably the greatest single error made by America in its history”? Leave it to Newbery medalist Freedman and his absorbing, concise style to explain it.
Tuesday, September 20
Someone to Love, by Mary Balogh
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, has perfected the art of personal ennui so much that it takes something really unusual to shake him out of his normal state of boredom. Anna Snow’s arrival at the gathering of the late Earl of Riverdale’s family and heirs turns out to be just such an event.
Wednesday, September 21
When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
Sam and Miel have always been inseparable. Pakistani Samir and his mother moved to town first, painting ornamental moons and carrying secrets, but Miel appeared out of the water tower, with roses growing out of her wrists. As they grow, their friendship deepens into something more; after all, it’s Miel who’s the keeper of Sam’s secret, who realizes he used to be different.
Thursday, September 22
When All the Girls Have Gone, by Jayne Ann Krentz
With its fast-paced plot spiked with unexpected twists and plenty of danger, snappy writing infused with tart wit, and a captivating pair of protagonists who could give Bogart and Bacall a run for their money when it comes to creating sexual sparks, Krentz’s latest superbly written tale ticks off every box on a romantic-suspense fan’s wish list.
Friday, September 24
The Bossier Baby, by Marla Frazee
A new baby sister has arrived to challenge bespoke-suited Boss Baby’s (first seen in Frazee’s The Boss Baby, 2010) dominant position in the home. This infant executive, complete with a laptop and dressed in pearls and a ruffled onesie, has implemented a business plan to restructure the organization from the top down.