May 2, 2013
Saburo is the third son. This means he gets less of everything than his brothers: less than the second son, Jiro, and certainly less than the first son, Kazuo. From this favoritism two wishes are born in Saburo, both of which serve to motivate Saburo his into. After the conclusion of WWII, these wishes continue to motivate Saburo -- and define his entire life.
April 14, 2013
Lauren Buckland, the editor who first came across seventeen-year-old sensation Beth Reekles’ novel, recounts the experience of finding something so wonderful.
April 11, 2013
In an age where it’s hard to walk two feet without tripping over an article or six about troubled Millennials and their current and upcoming failures, it’s refreshing to stumble upon a memoir like Rachel Shukert's, one that reminds us that our twenties are meant to be fodder for the cocktail parties of our thirties and forties.
March 22, 2013
Mother-daughter dynamics are notoriously complex, but Domenica Ruta's relationship with her manipulative, drug-dealing and drug-addicted mother takes this notion to wildly dysfunctional heights.
March 3, 2013
Set in 1980s Omaha, Rainbow Rowell's eBook is filled with relevant pop culture references and a slow, honest love story between misfit teens struggling with their relationship.
February 3, 2013
Stephen Chbosky’s book is a brief thing; the scant 200-plus pages are hardly indicative of the complex narrative that unfolds between the movie tie-in covers prominently featuring Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame.
January 24, 2013
There are few cultures more extrinsically opposite in nature than those belonging to Americans and Arabs. Sophia Al-Maria knows this firsthand, as her formative years were spent making the leap back and forth between the two.
December 23, 2012
Nineteen-year-old Ed Kennedy is an ordinary underachiever until he receives mysterious playing cards that compel him to intervene in people's lives, helping or hurting, in Markus Zusak's poignant, funny young adult novel.
December 9, 2012
Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy chronicles life from the point of view of the diffident Georges. It is a sharply intuitive, engaging tale that teaches, through the protagonist’s example, how to be independent, and perhaps, most importantly, how to be brave.
November 12, 2012
Toibin's novel is as much a tale of one Irish emigrant as it is a look at the changing landscape of the borough of Brooklyn in the 1950s.
October 28, 2012
Radiant Stargirl. She does the strangest, happiest, kindest things. And everyone in high school but Leo hates her. Now in Spinelli's modern classic, Leo must decide what he wants more: Stargirl or the acceptance of his friends.
October 18, 2012
From her experience with sexual abuse to the influence of the Riot grrrl movement, daring punk rocker Beth Ditto traces her rise to fame from oppressed small-town girl to outspoken lead singer of indie band, The Gossip, in her raw memoir.
September 14, 2012
The transporting nature of literature is one of many reasons to read -- and one of the many reasons to pick up Shani Boianjiu's debut novel.
August 30, 2012
On the surface, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an account of a child maturing and experiencing the pains of adulthood. And there is so much beyond that surface story.
August 14, 2012
Remember how complicated college was? In her debut novel, Harrington unites readers -- with humor and truth simultaneously -- in the very universal aspects of the college experience.