Reviews of the Week, with Cherie Priest, Carol Anderson, Phillip Hoose, 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 August 27–31 below.


Monday, August 27

 One Person, No Vote, by Carol Anderson

From its roots in the days following Reconstruction, to the deceptively hopeful passage of the Voter Rights Act of 1965, to the disastrous 2013 Shelby County v. Holder U.S. Supreme Court ruling that negated that landmark case, voter disenfranchisement is growing in scope and measure. Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling.




Tuesday, August 28

 The Agony House, by Cherie Priest, illustrated by Tara O’Connor

Following up on a successful collaboration with Kali Ciesemier in I Am Princess X (2016), Priest pairs with O’Connor to neatly weave together the history of comic books and contemporary concerns about gentrification into an eerie ghost story set in a ramshackle house that’s as much a character as the people living in it.



Wednesday, August 29

 Ordinary People, by Diana Evans

Two couples navigating the mostly quiet varieties of domestic terror are at the heart of Evans’ (26A, 2005) deep and addictive third novel. Though Damian doesn’t feel he belongs there, he lives with his wife and their three children in the London suburb of Dorking. Their friends Michael and Melissa have the trappings of marriage—two kids and an old house in South London—without the rings and paperwork.





Thursday, August 30

 Basketball: A Love Story, by Jackie MacMullan and Rafe Bartholomew

Baseball was once the chosen sport for the very best sports journalists (think Roger Kahn and Roger Angell), and it still produces its share of fine sports literature, but basketball, particularly the NBA game, is developing its own reputation for outstanding writing—as this sterling “love story” about the game from MacMullan and Bartholomew attests.


Friday, August 31

 Attucks! by Phillip Hoose

Anyone who’s seen Hoosiers has an idea how crazy Indianans are about basketball. What it doesn’t hint at, though, is the story Newbery Honor Book author Hoose tells—that not only was Indiana, and its capital, Indianapolis, nuts about b-ball, but that the success of a black high school, built in the 1920s at the instigation of the Ku Klux Klan, would through its hardwood success drive integration in the 1950s in a place known as “the South of the North.”



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