The BookBrowse Review

Published August 2, 2023

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Dear BookBrowsers,

In this issue, we review the latest from author Tania James. Loot follows a young Muslim woodcarver on an epic journey beginning in 18th-century India, while exploring colonialism, social marginalization and the power of art. Our accompanying Beyond the Book article features Tipu's Tiger, a real-life wooden automaton that inspired the novel.

Additional ambitious works of fiction we cover include Paul Murray's The Bee Sting, the intimate story of a contemporary Irish family struggling both financially and emotionally, and Edan Lepucki's Time's Mouth, a tale of multigenerational trauma involving time travel. Another novel that touches on the tendency of the past to linger is the delightfully entertaining but chilling literary thriller How Can I Help You by Laura Sims, in which two women working in a library to escape their previous lives find their existences unexpectedly intertwined.

We also bring you reviews of two nonfiction books that deftly examine the history and sociopolitical mechanisms behind current issues and experiences. David Lipsky's The Parrot and the Igloo delves into the subject of climate change denial, while Andrew Leland's The Country of the Blind ponders the significance of blindness in today's world.

Along with many other reviews and articles in this issue, we have a recommended reading list of informative and inspiring books about animals, a new literary quiz on strong women in historical novels, a Wordplay and much more for you to enjoy.

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Davina Morgan-Witts
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