An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
Helene Tursten translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy
"Never underestimate 88-year-old ladies — nearly deaf, living alone, and using wheeled walkers — when it comes to murder.... You won’t want to miss Tursten’s clever stories with more murders solved (or not) by Detective Irene Huss of the shoe size 41.” -- Karen Briggs, The Booknook, East Tawas, MI
"AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD is about a crusty old woman named Maud who has no heart but has the stomach for revenge and murder. The book contains five episodes in which Maud is forced to eliminate someone in her life. Despite a ruthless (perhaps sociopathic?) main character who murders, you’ll find yourself laughing." -- Jennifer Geraedts, Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Park Rapids MN
My Sister, the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite
"MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER is an awesome book." -- Matt Keliher, Subtext Books, St. Paul MN (via the Twitter)
"Who would have guessed that murder might actually be the least distressing part of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s novel MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER? Packed full of sibling rivalry, workplace drama, and family secrets, this wicked little stiletto of a tale bubbles with malice, served up Lagos-style. The one problem? Braithwaite’s racing prose and vivid characters left me wanting a sequel. I have to confess: I sort of hope this sister kills again." -- David Enyeart, Common Good Books, St. Paul MN
by Keise Laymon
Scribner/Simon & Schuster
"HEAVY is a long and difficult love letter to Kiese Laymon's mother. Love as in that brutal love deep into the dark parts of the soul love. Love as in that transcendent love that reaches across generations. Flawed and human love. And it's a memoir of a body and the brutal, transcendent and flawed life lived in it. Jesus, this is beautiful. This book comes out in October. Trust me. Order it. Reserve it at the library. Read it."
-- Jarek Steele, Left Bank Books, St. Louis MO (from the Facebook)
"Telling the truth has always been a radical and political act, but Kiese Laymon writes in HEAVY with a rare, vulnerable unity of personal urgency and political clarity. This is a story about how our country’s lies and thefts weigh heavily on the hearts and souls of its black mothers and sons. About how dishonesty about white supremacy, money, sex, and violence threads through our most intimate relationships and causes us to become strangers to ourselves. If HEAVY is about lies, it is also fundamentally about the redemptive power of truth, stories, language, and joy. If there’s a way out of the loneliness of being human in a country that does not value or support humanity, Laymon suggests, it is in the connection we find in the words we toss to one another, like lifelines, like laughter.” -- E.R. Anderson, Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA
by Tommy Orange
Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House
"Every so often, a book comes along that has everyone in book world talking about how amazing it is before it’s even been published. Sometimes, that book actually lives up to the early hype. THERE THERE, the debut novel by Tommy Orange, lives up to it and more."
-- Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books (Wichita KS). READ FULL REVIEW
"THERE THERE is an instant classic. An important, timely, deeply human record of an under-represented population, but also an expertly crafted story about members of a community finding purpose in maintaining and lifting up their heritage. Tragic yet hopeful, proud yet defiant, brilliant yet humble, this is a book to be savored and appreciated, read and re-read and shared far and wide."
-- The Independent Bookseller (that's us! We love this book.)