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: Need Something To Keep You Awake On The Road? 'The Push' Is Just The Thriller
I took a road trip recently—a long road trip—and downloaded a few audiobooks to pass the time. One was The Push , a debut novel by Ashley Audrain. And oh. My. Gosh.
Book Review: 'The Guncle' Offers A Sassy, Warm, Big-hearted Splash Into Summer Reading
This coming weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. Which means summer reading. Which means—for lots of folks—a little something light and funny, maybe set in a sunny locale.
Book Review: 'Between Two Kingdoms' Is A Heartbreaking, Inspiring Celebration Of Humanity
During a visit to my local bookstore a couple weeks ago, a bookseller ushered me over to the nonfiction table and grabbed a copy of Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad. “A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” was the subtitle. On the cover, a photo of the author and her terrier, Oscar, atop a goldenrod-colored Volkswagen bus.
Book Review: 'Home Ec For Everyone' And 'Shop Class For Everyone' Teach Practical Life Skills
The COVID-19 pandemic turned some of my friends into master do-it-yourselfers. Quarantined at home, they took on home improvement projects, learned to quilt, went crazy with sourdough starters and baked artisan breads. Me—not so much. I grew some tomatoes. I cooked some meals. But when it comes to most practical life skills, I’m still sorely lacking. Enter, Sharon and David Bowers.
Book Review: 'Address Unknown' Illuminates The Insidious Nature Of Fascism
Sometimes it’s the smallest books that pack the most powerful punches. Think George Orwell’s Animal Farm , John Steinbeck’s The Pearl , Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea . None are much longer than an average short story, but they tackle heavy themes such as communism, greed, and the struggle between good and evil. Address Unknown is just such a work.
Book Review: 'Infinite Country' Is An Exquisite Look At The Immigrant Experience
Novelist Patricia Engel was born to Colombian parents. Her newest novel, Infinite Country , is a wonder of storytelling no doubt inspired by, if not her own upbringing, then the stories of countless immigrant families who seek a better life in the United States.