RaveBooklist\"...Satoru adopts a cat and names him Nana, and the two live happily together for many years. This novel is often told from the perspective of Nana, whose sassy commentary about the world he lives in is incredibly charming and smart. Reality hits hard, however, when, for reasons unclear to Nana, Satoru must find the cat a new home. Satoru will not entrust Nana’s care to just anyone, and so begins a journey across Japan in a silver van as the two visit Satoru’s old friends ...Arikawa’s novel...boasts vivid and well-rendered characters in the midst of trying to do what’s best for those they love the most.
Donna Hylton with Kristine Gasbarre
RaveBooklistHylton, formerly known as inmate #86G0206, begins her gripping memoir with her earliest memory. A young toddler, she’s being tossed high in her mother’s arms while she and her mother laugh. Then she is falling, cracking her head hard on concrete: her mother dropped her on purpose ... However, despite the horrific events in Hylton’s early life, her book, written with coauthor Gasbarre, tells a tale far beyond tragedy. It is a meditation on redemption and learning to love and forgive, because she found her true self in the darkest of all places—prison.
RaveBooklistIn fact, the most central rule to the author’s childhood was to say nothing at all about anything. As Wetherall grew into a self-destructive teenager, she demanded that the truth be revealed. Wonderfully suspenseful and an unexpected page-turner, this story of an immensely likable family under an incredible strain will stay with readers.