Reviews of the Week, with Nic Stone, Rosellen Brown, Frederick Backman, 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 September 4–7 below.


Tuesday, September 4

 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life, by Jane Sherron de Hart

University of California history professor de Hart dynamically devotes more than 500 pages to the amazing life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, detailing her accomplishments (so far) and the influences that have shaped her interpretation of constitutional law.



Wednesday, September 5

 Us against You, by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland

Backman is a masterful storyteller, creating relatable and likable characters, issues and resolutions that never feel didactic, beautiful prose, and a rich small-town setting. Luckier still for listeners, Beartown narrator Ireland is back, and she takes the book to an even more exemplary level.





Thursday, September 6

 The Lake on Fire, by Rosellen Brown

In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.



Friday, September 7

 Odd One Out, by Nic Stone

Stone, author of Dear Martin (2017), delivers another poignant and necessary book for teens with her sophomore novel. It is a story about self-discovery, identity, love, and all the uncomfortable and staggering emotions felt keenly when you are a teen.



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