American Dirt tells the story of a Mexican mother and her son who are forced to flee their home in Mexico for the U.S. after their whole family is murdered by a drug cartel. Because the cartel is looking for the two everywhere, even among the police and public officials, Lydia and Luca can't risk … Continue reading What’s the Problem with American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins?
"My name is Kathy H." Sometimes, great literature can start as simple as that. Never Let Me Go is the sixth novel of Kazuo Ishiguro, who's not only been awarded the Booker Prize but also won the Nobel Prize in Literature. As is customary with Ishiguro, the language of the narrator is simple, almost innocent, … Continue reading A Modern Dystopia: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
“I was nine years old when my mother threw me out of a moving car.” Trevor Noah‘s bestselling memoir Born a Crime starts with a bang. But if you think that this is the most extreme thing Trevor experienced during his tumultuous childhood in South Africa, I’m afraid he’ll prove you wrong. Most people will … Continue reading A Memoir of Love and Resilience: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Writing a sequel to a successful book is always a big risk to take. Even more so if that book is a smash bestseller called The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas took the plunge nevertheless—and delivered another masterpiece. In THUG, all eyes are on Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who finds her voice after witnessing her friend … Continue reading Back to Garden Heights: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Klara and the Sun has been among the most anticipated releases of this year. For those of you who know the novel's author, this hardly comes as a surprise. Winner of the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro is among the most gifted authors of this century. Set in the near-distant … Continue reading Seeing Humanity Through a Robot’s Eyes: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
The day before New Year's Eve, a desperate robber aims to rob a bank in a small Swedish town. The only problem: it’s a cashless bank. When the police are closing in, the culprit flees into a nearby apartment building and ends up turning an ordinary apartment viewing into an extraordinary hostage situation. The hostages … Continue reading A Story About Idiots: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman