Tag: fiction

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

Lynn: OMG—those middle school years! So much change and heartache, and the smallest of things can cause such anguish. Individual circumstances may differ, but exquisitely painful emotions are the same. Kristi Wientge brings a welcome new voice to the middle-school experience in her funny debut novel, Karma Khullar’s Mustache (2017). As though starting sixth grade […]

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Lynn: In Michael Currinder’s unusual debut novel, Running Full Tilt (2017), we meet high school junior Leo Coughlin, a boy running for his life both literally and figuratively. Leo’s family moves to a new part of town when Leo’s 18-year-old brother upsets the old neighbors. Brother Caleb has autism with other cognitive disabilities, and has started […]

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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature
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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature

Once upon a time, Cuba was an enigmatic, faraway place that conjured up images of I Love Lucy, history lessons about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and recurring headlines about Guantánamo. As far as books go, two loomed large: Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban, a multi-generational family epic and National Book Award finalist, and Oscar Hijuelos’ […]

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Lynn: The bare bones of Emma Carroll’s In Darkling Wood (2017) seem simple enough. Alice’s little brother Theo desperately needs a heart transplant, and the call from the hospital has finally come. Alice goes to stay with Nell, the spiky, strong-willed grandmother Alice doesn’t remember, in a cottage surrounded by ancient forest. Nell hates the […]

Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Announced
By September 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Announced

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the shortlist for its annual literary prize. Awarded to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction, the prize, according to the organizers, “recognizes works that question established ways of thinking and advance Brooklyn Public Library’s mission of bringing together the borough’s diverse communities to explore urgent social, political, […]

Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Lynn: Move over, Beowulf. Grendel is the hero in Grendel’s Guide to Love and War: A Tale of Rivalry, Romance, and Existential Angst (2017), A. E. Kaplan’s humorous take on the classic tale. Seventeen-year-old Tom Grendel is no monster. He likes his quiet life in a peaceful suburb largely populated by old ladies. He runs a […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

Cindy: As we reported a few years ago in this Bookends post, our county could be hiding Bigfoot, and Michigan is a top site for hunting. So naturally, we were drawn to Melissa Savage’s debut novel, Lemons (2017), which features a pair of tween Bigfoot detectives! The first thing almost-11-year-old Lemonade Liberty Witt sees when […]

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

Lynn: Those of us who live on the shores of the Great Lakes are very familiar with the term “lake effect.” It makes temperatures milder while also dumping great amounts of snow on the shoreline in winter. Erin McCahan’s book, Lake Effect (2017) explores another meaning of the term: the calming, reflective, introspective feeling that […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: DISAPPEARED

This week’s trailer introduces Francisco X. Stork’s YA novel, Disappeared (Scholastic). Publishing in September, the book explores human trafficking and abduction in Mexico through the character of Sara, a journalist who specializes in writing stories about missing women and girls. Her brother Emiliano struggles with finding ways to support their family, but when he thinks he’s […]

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Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Once upon a time, I was wary of audiobooks; I didn’t think they were “real” reading. How wrong I was! Two sparked an obsession: Feed by M.T. Anderson, read by David Aaron Baker, with a full production complete with brain-fed ads and instant messages before I even knew what they were (!), and Shantaram by […]