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 30 through February 3 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, January 30
A Colony in a Nation, by Chris Hayes
Hayes has covered the violence that erupted in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the wake of police shootings and analyzed the reasons for and reactions to police aggression and legal indifference. Writing with clarity, intelligence, and compassion, Hayes deftly illuminates the complex state of affairs that has evolved since the 1960s civil rights protests, and resulted in the current backlash.
Tuesday, January 31
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights, by Deborah Kops
Young activists could learn a lot from this clear, engaging biography, which makes excellent use of primary sources and contains a number of black-and-white photographs. An extensive bibliography provides further resources for students interested in digging up more on the secret of Paul’s success: keep changing the delivery method while holding fast to the message.
Wednesday, February 1
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
Doctorow’s characters are all rough edges and awkwardness, with challenging and conflicting viewpoints, in a way that makes them memorable and engaging. The sweeping epic—despite some difficult-to-read but entirely believable character trauma—is ultimately suffused with hope.
Thursday, February 2
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, by Megumi Iwasa
The combination of short narrative, dialogue, letters, and humorous pen-and-ink drawings is a winning one. The gentle friendship story will leave readers feeling warm and fuzzy, making this early chapter book a great addition to any collection.
Friday, February 3
Someone to Hold, by Mary Balogh
Written with an irresistibly wry sense of humor and grace, with a cast of unforgettable characters, the second in Balogh’s exceptional Westcott series, following Someone to Love (2016), is another gorgeously written love story from the queen of Regency romances.