Staff picks

Browse all our staff-written book reviews, featuring books for all ages, from kids through adults. Or, focus in on just what you're looking for by filtering our picks by age or genre.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

5

Doughty dishes about what it's like to be covered in people dust, and challenges readers to face their own mortality. Read more...

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You're Not Much Use to Anyone

5

Blog Meets World. Read more...

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Authority

3

I want some answers. Read more...

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

5

A post-apocalyptic novel in miniature; part young adult dystopia and part end-of-the-world horror show. Read more...

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The Night Gardener: A Scary Story

4

Just scary enough to make you think twice before turning out the lights. Read more...

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

5

So what's more pleasant than deterioration, dementia and death? Read more...

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Five Days Left

4

Take a deep breath, grab your tissues and prepare to bawl your eyes out over this heart-wrenching read. Read more...

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My Salinger Year

4

You don't have to love J.D. Salinger to love this poignant literary memoir. Read more...

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Illusive

4

"Ocean's 11" meets "X-Men?" Sign me up. Read more...

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Landline

5

Georgie isn't looking for magic, but she finds it right when she needs it the most. How fortuitous. Read more...