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 January 17 through 20 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Tuesday, January 17
Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson
In his latest, commentator and writer Dyson (The Black Presidency, 2016) preaches a message that he admits will be hard for most white Americans to hear, let alone internalize and accept: white folks are complicit in societal attitudes toward African Americans, and our future progress as a nation is dependent on a new mindset.
Wednesday, January 18
The Forgetting Spell, by Lauren Myracle
In Wishing Day (2016), Myracle introduced three sisters whose mother had disappeared some years ago. The second volume of the Wishing Day trilogy will leave fans eager for the story’s resolution in the final book.
Thursday, January 19
The Hollywood Daughter, by Kate Alcott
Alcott (A Touch of Stardust, 2015) returns to mid-twentieth-century Los Angeles with her novel about a young woman’s emotional and cultural awakening. Alcott uses a fast-paced, efficient writing style and creates a believable portrait of a teenager navigating high school, potential romances, and her complicated world during the McCarthy years.
Friday, January 20
Out of Wonder, by Kwame Alexander
Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander has come up with a fresh and joyful way to interest children in poetry. In this beautiful book, along with his coauthors, poets Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth, Alexander offers a collection of 20 poems. The hook? All are written in tribute to well-known poets.