Journalist and book reviewer Suzanne Tobias reviews the latest book and such for KMUW on air and right here. Discover new reviews on alternate Mondays.
Book Review: 'Fighting Words' Tells The Story Of Sexual Abuse From A Child's Perspective
There’s a lot of talk these days about “Own Voices” novels. It’s a term that refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about his or her own experiences, from an authentic, lived perspective.
Book Review: 'Together In A Sudden Strangeness' Offers Poets' Views On The Pandemic
Earlier this year, as the coronavirus began to spread across the globe, Alice Quinn reached out to American poets to see what they were writing under quarantine. The result is Together in a Sudden Strangeness , an anthology that reflects the fear and isolation the pandemic wrought, as well as the deep reflection and creativity that has come from it.
Maggie O'Farrell's 'Hamnet' Is A Tragic Tale Of Shakespeare's Only Son
Irish author Maggie O’Farrell won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for Hamnet , a novel inspired by and named after William Shakespeare’s only son—and the possible inspiration for his tragedy “Hamlet.”
'Hidden Valley Road' Explores One Family's Harrowing Battle With Schizophrenia
Don and Mimi Galvin had a dozen children—10 boys and two girls—born between 1945 and 1965, perfectly spanning the baby boom.
Book Review: Yaa Gyasi's 'Transcendent Kingdom' Is A Story Of Science, Suffering And Salvation
In Yaa Gyasi’s new novel, Transcendent Kingdom , a Stanford Ph.D. candidate named Gifty studies reward-seeking behavior in mice and the mysterious synapses that can lead to addiction or depression. She does it because her brother, Nana, was a gifted basketball player before an injury led to an OxyContin addiction and eventually to a deadly heroin overdose. And she does it because her mother, a Ghanaian immigrant, is depressed and living in her bed. Gifty wants to better understand the science of
'The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals' Is An Impressive Debut Novel From A Kansas Native
In her debut novel, The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals , Kansas native Becky Mandelbaum tells the story of a mother-daughter pair and also of the prairie, a landscape she reflects with detail in this passage about the melodramatic Kansas sky: