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 26 through September 30 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, September 26
Forward, by Abby Wambach
Before retiring in 2015, soccer forward Wambach scored an astounding 184 international goals—more than anyone, male or female, in the history of the game. Her candid, thoughtful memoir reveals a side of Wambach invisible to the TV cameras.
Tuesday, September 27
Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run is singular, like its author. Anyone who knows Springsteen’s songs will recognize his voice: the cadences, the rhythms all recall his unique songwriting style. It is also full of small and big insights. Like his songs, one sentence can reveal everything you need to know about his upbringing.
Wednesday, September 28
The Case Against Sugar, by Gary Taubes
Taubes takes the topic of his best-seller, Why We Get Fat and What to Do about It, one step further in his latest. Beyond implicating carbohydrates as the enemy in modern diets, Taubes lays out, as his title suggests, the prosecution’s argument if sugar alone were to be tried in criminal court, charged for causing the Western World’s plagues of diabetes and obesity.
Thursday, September 29
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
In the year 2042, humans conquered death. Now, in the postmortal society of MidMerica, people can live for millennia, either reanimated from fatal accidents or “turning the corner” when they get old by resetting themselves to a younger age. But Earth remains the only habitable planet and so exist the Scythes, tasked with keeping the population in check.
Friday, September 30
When No One Was Watching, by Carli Lloyd
For Carli Lloyd, a 2015 World Cup winner, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and 2015 FIFA World Player of the Year, success didn’t come easy. A standout player from an early age, she still found herself cut, riding the bench, or fretting about her precarious position on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Lloyd says in this memoir that she’s at her best when she has something to prove—and someone to prove it to.