Reviews of the Week: with Chris Hayes, Deborah Kops, Cory Doctorow, 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 January 30 through February 3 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.


Monday, January 30

a colony in a nation - chris hayesA 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.





alice paul and the fight for women's rights - deborah kopsTuesday, 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.



walkaway - cory doctorowWednesday, 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.





yours sincerely, giraffe - megumi iwasaThursday, 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.


somoene to hold - mary baloghFriday, 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.



About the Author:

Charlotte Chadwick is currently an intern for Booklist. A senior at Lake Forest College, she is studying creative writing and print and digital publishing. When she isn't writing short stories, there's nothing she enjoys more than drinking coffee and dodging questions about her post-grad plans.

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