Carrie Soto is Back is about the relationships of fathers and daughters, mentors and students wrapped in a fascinating tale about an unlikable underdog out to defend her honor or ego. Read Jowana's review on the blog.
The Diary of a Void is an interesting novel about women, work, and the womb. It’s made me think about not just what potentials babies hold, but what the potentials of women are. Read Jody's review on the blog.
The Book Eaters is good as it is: it’s dark, it’s absurd, and it’s both strange and familiar — it’s something to sink your (book)teeth into. Read Clifford's review on the blog.
At its very core, Babel is a novel structured around semiotics. The best reason to read this book would be for the imaginative world-building, the fantastic intersection between translation and magic, and the deep dives into all sorts of language-related facts. Read Jed's review on the blog.
Counterfeit pulls off a very neat twist about two-thirds of the way in. It’s a story about friendship, family, criminal enterprises, and the Asian way of doing things. Read Jed's review on the blog.
Killers Amidst Killers is Billy Jensen’s harrowing account of the time he spent investigating a series of murders in Southern Ohio. Here, we only get a glimpse through stories told by their friends and family. Read Clifford's review on the blog.
Divided into eight parts and 50-plus short chapters, “Brown Girls” is a coming-of-age story of a group of brown-skinned girls living in Queens; each chapter marks their dreams and delusions, successes and failures, enlightenment and confusion, and happiness and heartbreaks. Read Jowana's review on the blog.
With Elizabeth Zott, Bonnie Garmus gave us an unforgettable character that broke the ceiling in the 60s when ceilings were much higher and harder to break. Read Dan's review on the blog.
The narrative makes Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li more than just a thriller. It captures the despair and disconnectedness of being born into two cultures. Read Dan's review on the blog.
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World kept all the important beats of the story, the visuals worked well for the story, and overall the book feels like it was written as a graphic novel instead of adapted from an existing work. Read Clifford's review on the blog.