PositiveBooklist... inventive ... The plights of some characters resonate more than others, but Ruta’s first novel is an entertaining and clever speculative tale.
RaveBooklist... an introspective, thrilling yarn ... Swyler uses this inventive premise of a failed attempt to control the flow of time to limn the depths of grief and love in a strikingly fresh way that resonates long after the final page has been turned. This tale’s originality brings to mind the quintessential pioneering writer who used science to explore the human condition, Mary Shelley.
Jennifer L. Eberhardt
PositiveBooklistThough there’s no easy answer, Eberhardt posits the key to change is confronting bias head-on rather than trying to pretend it doesn’t exist, and to question and challenge our own snap judgments and their sources. This is a seminal work on a topic that necessitates wide and frank discussion.
PositiveBooklistBlake transports readers to biblical times ... Blake’s tale is a powerful exploration of the trauma of change and the reckoning required to move on from unimaginable loss.
RaveBooklist\"...[an] engaging, conversational, passionate biography ... Fans of traditional biographies might balk at O’Meara’s candid style and observations, but there’s never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.\
PositiveBooklist...a clever subversion of fairy tale tropes ... Both a scathing indictment of capitalism and a tribute to the maddeningly inescapable endurance of family bonds, this enchanting tale will resonate with literary fiction lovers.
Jamil Jan Kochai
PositiveBooklistKochai captures the joys and the sorrows of life in Afghanistan, offering readers a glimpse into everyday life in a country whose people have grown so used to constant bombardment that they can differentiate between various types of IEDs by sound alone.
PositiveBooklistTeen rom com lovers will empathize with Fixie\'s sibling drama and romantic fumblings ... Kinsella again provides a delightful, irresistible romp.
Tatiana De Rosnay
PositiveBooklistThe author of the best-selling WWII-era novel Sarah’s Key (2007) offers up an equally emotional contemporary tale... Rosnay’s many fans, and all who embrace tearful tales, will enjoy the slow unraveling of the complex troubles and secrets of the Malegarde family.
PositiveBooklist\"The story builds to a primitive ritual teasingly foreshadowed in the opening pages that lays bare Sylvie’s vulnerability and oppression at the hands of her father. Tackling issues such as misogyny and class divides, Moss... packs a lot into her brief but powerful narrative.\
PositiveBooklistHadley...brings readers into the world of a complicated quartet of friends and lovers ... Hadley traces the friends’ relationships through the decades, not only revealing the evolution of their friendships and romances but also the rise and fall of their youthful ambitions and artistic passions. A layered and compelling read.
PositiveBooklistWomersley offers a richly imagined historical adventure with a truly shocking finish.
MixedBooklistA deep dive into the politics surrounding the Eighteenth Amendment ... readers might hunger for more biographical details about Sabin and Willebrandt, but those looking for the political history of Prohibition will value this comprehensive accounting.
PositiveBooklist\"Adamczyk’s first collection revolves around youthful characters thrust into difficult situations and uncertain of how to move forward or adequately communicate their needs and desires ...Though occasionally veering into MFA pretension, Adamczyk’s confident, quirky first outing is bound to find admirers in fans of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell.
RaveBooklistTaut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.
PositiveBooklistThe examples and statistics Chemaly cites are enough to get one’s blood boiling, but, as she notes, anger isn’t intrinsically bad so long as it’s not repressed. She points out that the 2016 election has spurred many women to seek political office themselves. Chemaly finishes with a helpful list of suggestions for channeling that anger into something positive, including letting go of \'niceness\' and trusting other women. An essential and timely read.
PositiveBooklist...[a] chilling dystopian tale ... With its focus on the vitality of communication and human interactions, Dalcher’s tale is a fresh and terrifying contribution to the burgeoning subgenre about women-focused dystopias spearheaded by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
RaveBooklist\"Picoult delivers another riveting yarn about a hot-button issue ... Even though she’s rewinding the story, Picoult manages to keep the tension high as we learn about the characters’ personalities and situations. And there’s a surprising reveal in the final pages that readers will likely find provocative. Picoult explores both sides of the abortion debate in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale, which acknowledges that there are no easy answers.\
RaveBooklistWalbert’s...latest is a sharp look back at school days that are anything but idyllic ... Jo finds herself saddled with an unpopular roommate and quickly gaining the attention of Master Aikens, a beloved, pompous, charismatic literature instructor ... her rage over the blind eye the school turned toward Master and his transgressions is palpable. Walbert’s slim, impactful novel, distinguished as all her work is by beautiful writing and a wealth of literary allusions, could not be more timely.
PositiveBooklistAt first blush, the premise of Lim’s dystopian novel is a familiar one: a deadly flu pandemic sweeps across the world in the early 1980s. But the solution is inventive ... An intriguing and unique entry in the crowded dystopian landscape.
PositiveBooklistFor every recognizable name, such as legendary costume designer Edith Head, there are numerous mentions of women whose contributions have been neglected by historians, such as Mary C. McCall, Jr., a gifted writer and two-time president of the Screen Writers Guild, who saw her career snuffed out by the persecution of Communists, despite the fact that she was a political moderate. Aimed at readers with a knowledge of and keen interest in Hollywood of yesteryear, Smyth’s enlightening tome reveals the power and influence women wielded in Tinseltown during the Great Depression, WWII, and the postwar era.
RaveBooklistRaney Moore thinks her decade-and-a-half-long marriage to entomologist Aaron is on solid ground until she discovers he slept with a colleague on a work trip ... Kennedy tackles gender relations at home and in the workplace in this frank, compulsively readable examination of how one woman balances her exploration of her sexual identity with her career and motherhood.
PositiveBooklistSoli’s fourth novel is an epic, enthralling look at the American West in the mid-1800s... With visceral, vibrant language, Soli paints a stark portrait of the violence, hardship, and struggles that characterized the American West.
PositiveBooklist\"Daring, inventive, and moving, Williams’ novel deftly illustrates that when it comes to happiness, there are no easy answers.\
RaveBooklistJameson makes a passionate argument for the depth of these no-longer-fringe entertainments, pointing out the realism within the fantasy and how sf, fantasy, and superhero tales tackle issues personal and political ... A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable look at the evolution of geek culture over the past four decades.
Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
RaveBooklistA thoroughly enjoyable peek into the brothers’ creative process, filled with tips and guidance for those who want to follow in their footsteps
RaveBooklist Online\"There’s plenty of interpersonal drama among the group ... A suspenseful and imaginative take on a famous tragedy.\
RaveBooklist OnlineGenova expertly details the devastation ALS wreaks on Richard, and though her latest is a sometimes difficult read, she finds hope in the opportunities Richard has to repair his relationships with his daughter and brothers before it’s too late.
RaveBooklistBetween interviews with the showrunners themselves as well as the writers and actors they employ, and even a set visit to Jill Soloway’s seminal Amazon dramedy, Transparent, Press gives television lovers an inspiring, eye-opening look into the way women are creating groundbreaking, original content.
PositiveBooklistThough smaller in scope than her previous blockbuster, in this tightly focused drama, Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change.
RaveBooklistAlderman wrestles with some heady questions: What happens when the balance of power shifts? Would women be kinder, gentler rulers, or would they be just as ruthless as their male counterparts? That Alderman is able to explore these provocative themes in a novel that is both wildly entertaining and utterly absorbing makes for an instant classic, bound to elicit discussion and admiration in equal measure.