August 31, 2022 A sad, brutally honest memoir about "a poor, sexually abused, drug-addicted Chicano kid," Jesse Leon's narrative is one that vividly brings to the page the realities of someone ignored by the system.
May 3, 2022 E. Lockhart's prequel to We Were Liars works perfectly well, too, as a standalone coming-of-age novel about grief, addiction, young love, and learning to navigate the world.
In Defense of Witches
St. Martin's Press
March 11, 2022 Mona Chollet's book shows how women are still today expected to act certain ways or be ostracized, as it hails feminist minds — our modern witches — and their work.
March 9, 2022 Most humans walk around feeling like they know what reality is, but the message at the core of Dr. Guy Leschziner's book is that all sensory information we receive is intrinsically ambiguous.
February 24, 2022 Reading about plagues or COVID-19 over the last two years was not an entertaining idea for many. But the pandemic has had an impact on literature — and people may be ready for it to enter the canon.
February 23, 2022 Rob Hart delivers a story in which time is broken — and some crucial events that have a huge impact on the present haven't happened yet.
February 2, 2022 Kim Fu's book contains 12 stories that peel away layers of normalcy to reveal weird, creepy things; though very different from each other, they share elements, giving the collection a sense of unity.
January 12, 2022 Hanya Yanagihara worked three centuries of imagination into this novel — undoubtedly an achievement. But the onslaught of details and stories muddle the narrative, weighing on the reading experience.
All Her Little Secrets: A Novel, Wanda M. Morris
December 21, 2021 Wanda M. Morris' All Her Little Secrets is a carefully constructed thriller wrapped in a narrative about racism, gentrification, and being the only Black person in an all-white environment.
The Ghost Tracks, by Celso Hurtado
November 29, 2021 Celso Hurtado's YA horror novel combines a real San Antonio legend with classic elements of YA narratives to tell a story of friendship that explores the possibility of the supernatural.
NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting on May 3, 2013 in Houston.
November 1, 2021 The book by NPR's Tim Mak might be the final blow in terms of exposing the organization's rotten core and showing how a boundless love for money and power has eaten away at the group's foundations.
October 16, 2021 Gus Moreno's new novel follows a man who flees the city where his wife's murder became a political and media sensation, but he can't escape either his grief or the thing that haunted their apartment.
October 7, 2021 James Han Mattson's Reprieve — set at a full-contact escape room attraction where actors can attack players — is overstuffed with character arcs and concepts, but somehow he makes it all work.
October 3, 2021 As soon as you open Catriona Ward's new The Last House on Needless Street, you'll know something's very wrong — it's a great read for people who want a book to yank the rug right out from under them.
Poet Warrior: A Memoir, by Joy Harjo
W.W.Norton & Co.
September 8, 2021 More than an autobiography following a strict chronological path and detailing all major events, this book focuses on the role of art in the U.S. poet laureate's life and her development as an artist.