If Steig Larsson was one of your essential beach reads a few summers ago, you have the guys at Quercus Publishing to thank. Since exploring what's new in books is one of our favorite things to do at BookBrowse, our ears perked up when we discovered that this nimble UK publishing company is now making waves stateside.
We live in a time when bullying is at the front and center of attention. And it should be. Kids who do not follow social-norm rules are sometimes subject to ridicule, alienation, or even, yes, bullying. How do we protect those brave kids? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we teach all of the kids around them to question those social-norm rules in the first place?
There's nothing worse than being stuck with a bad book for your book club. Actually, there is something worse - being the one responsible for choosing it!
To save you from Book Club embarrassment, here are a dozen carefully selected books personally recommended by our reviewers. All have recently published in paperback, or will publish in paperback before the year end (and all are also available as ebooks). You can browse through an excerpt of each so as to decide which are right for your book club. You can also read a a range of review opinion for each book (and, if you're a member, BookBrowse's full review and backstory). All but one also has a handy printable reading guide.
At BookBrowse, we don't just review books, we go 'beyond the book' to explore interesting aspects relating to each book we feature. Here is a recent "Beyond the Book" feature for The World of The End by Ofir Touché Gafla
Mythic expression is humanity's first language. These myths, or to use a more contemporary synonym, metanarratives, are the stories that give purpose and meaning to a people, a way of understanding the seemingly random occurrences in the lives of individuals and communities. Whether these are expressed in clay statues, paintings on cave walls, or mutually intelligible symbols such as words, each is a vision of the world and of the place of humanity within it.