Traci Cothran

About Traci Cothran

When she's not reading YA lit and mysteries, publishing pro Traci Cothran can be found defending her adopted city of Detroit, listening to her favorite audiobook narrators, watching Doctor Who, and running 5Ks in costume - all while not being quite as geeky as that sounds.

April 16, 2014

Aging Is Funny: Annabelle Gurwitch's New Memoir

Annabelle Gurwitch's new memoir, I See You Made an Effort, highlights the pieces of aging that warrant a little -- and often a lot -- of laughter.

April 13, 2014

A New Kind of 'Sisterhood' from Ann Brashares

Brashares’ new novel, The Here and Now, is just as compelling a story, but very different from her previous Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

April 6, 2014

A Newbery-Honored YA Mystery: Amy Timberlake's One Came Home

One Came Home is a well-crafted story about sisterhood and understanding, set in the wonderful West.

March 16, 2014

Before My Eyes: YA Summer Days

Caroline Bock’s new young adult novel mixes summertime, summer jobs – and the art of growing up.

March 2, 2014

2 YA Novels for the Not Faint of Heart

Author Daniel Kraus’ writing is well-crafted and compelling, and it is nothing if not dark; indeed his storytelling is the kind that keeps you awake at night.

February 21, 2014

A Zora Neale Hurston Multimedia Primer

How much – or how little – do you know the Queen of the Harlem Renaissance? Don’t answer that – until you’ve worked your way through our Zora Neale Hurston primer.

February 16, 2014

Death Row, Meet Zoe: Annabel Pitcher’s Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds may sound depressing – but it’s better described as somber, and the progression of the story keeps you riveted.

February 15, 2014

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman: Nothing Like an Original Mystery

In the world of mystery novels, sometimes it seems like all the good ideas have been done -- but not so with Laura Lippman's After I'm Gone.

February 2, 2014

We Can’t Get Michele Jaffe’s New YA Novel Out of Our Minds

Michele Jaffe's Minders will work its way into your head -- which is likely what she intended.

January 29, 2014

Live Like This: Until I Say Good-Bye

Susan Spencer-Wendel’s memoir, Until I Say Good-Bye, is a beautifully written, imperfect, life-affirming work. Much like her life.

January 23, 2014

Claire DeWitt: Not Your Average P. I.

Sara Gran has brought us a thrilling new investigator in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead and Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway.

January 19, 2014

The Beginning of Everything: Young Adult with Heart

Robyn Shneider’s The Beginning of Everything addresses the meaning of finding one’s true identity in a world where social status rules the day.

January 1, 2014

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Not to Be Silenced

As the world now knows, Malala Yousafzai is the eloquent and passionate Pakistani teenager whom the Taliban shot in the head for her vociferous support of girls’ education.

December 30, 2013

Books, Changing Lives: Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip

Mister Pip is a wondrous story about how a single book can change lives and inspire people.

December 13, 2013

Slow Medicine: Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler

We are all going to die, but there’s a marked difference between a 'good death' and unnecessarily prolonging dying.