PositiveBooklistPearl begins to get lost in something of a name-dropping soup, sometimes losing the story to a barrage of facts. Those facts are important, though and with more than 230 sources, Pearl painstakingly cultivates an accurate account of events. But he’s at his best when he leans into more expressive language ... Despite these ebbs and flows, The Taking of Jemima Boone is an authoritative primer on Kentucky’s white settlers and Indigenous populations.
PositiveBooklistBurke’s writing is blunt, and shines when she is describing her journey toward activism ... In many passages, Unbound reads like a diary entry, a simple recounting of memories without narrative flair. Burke’s deeply personal story foregrounds important rhetoric of our time and will speak directly to readers who can relate to her struggles and those who want to empathize with them better.