Reviews of the Week, with Neal Shusterman, Reshma Saujani, Ahmed Saadawi, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 18–22 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

 

Monday, December 4 

 Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, by Reshma Saujani, read by the author

Author Saujani is the founder and CEO of the national nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. Since its inception in 2012, Girls Who Code has exploded, with clubs in every state in the U.S. In this fascinating book, Saujani explains her reasons behind founding Girls Who Code, demonstrates various projects that girls involved in the program can complete, and introduces listeners to girls who have been involved.

 

Tuesday, December 5

 Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman

Shusterman follows up his Printz Honor Book Scythe with that most difficult of feats: a sequel that surpasses its predecessor. Where the first book focused on the titular scythes tasked with gleaning lives to control populations in a future where death has been vanquished, the second installment delves into the inner workings of the Thunderhead, the sentient cloud that smoothly operates all of society.

 

Wednesday, December 6

 The Danger within Us: America’s Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man’s Battle to Survive It, by Jeanne Lenzer

Beware the medical-industrial complex. Lenzer, a medical investigative journalist, powerfully details some alarming reasons hospital CEOs, insurance executives, and doctors become millionaires. The U.S. ranks number one in healthcare spending but number 43 in life expectancy, below Costa Rica and Cuba and just ahead of Lebanon. Why? Lenzer points to the explosion of high-priced medical technology.

 

 

 

Thursday, December 7

 Baby Monkey, Private Eye, by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

In an office that looks like it came straight out of a noir film, Baby Monkey solves a series of perplexing mysteries. First, an opera singer is missing her necklace. Then, a chef’s pizza’s been stolen, a clown’s nose goes missing, and an astronaut can’t find her spaceship. In every case, Baby Monkey eagerly offers to help, has a snack, takes some notes, puts on his pants, and captures the culprit.

 

Friday, December 8

 Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi

Saadawi places readers in his hometown of U.S.-occupied Baghdad circa 2005, where Hadi has begun collecting body parts strewn from bombings. By stitching them together into the shape of a body, he wishes to honor and remember the dead. But the body vanishes. The monster is alive.

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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