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Reviews of the Week, with Peggy Orenstein, Melissa Albert, and Tina Brown

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 November 20 through November 23 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.


Monday, November 20

Vanity Fair Diaries, Tina Brown

Oxford graduate Tina Brown was not quite 30 in 1980 when she arrived in New York and took over the editorship of Vanity Fair. It was a bold move for Condé Nast owner Si Newhouse, and it was a stroke of genius.







Tuesday, November 21

 Don’t Call Me Princess, Peggy Orenstein

In this collection of insightful, conversational essays, Orenstein (Girls and Sex, 2016; Cinderella Ate My Daughter, 2011) presents an ever-evolving body of work. This book features many of her previously published works of investigative journalism, each with a new introduction relating the author’s perspective at the time of publication to her present-day point of view.




Wednesday, November 22

 The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert

Some fairy tales ask to be lived in. They involve enchanted forests and handsome princes, talking animals, kind maidens, and wishes come true. Others are darker. Others have teeth. The Hinterland is one such savage place.








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