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The BookBrowse Review

Published May 17, 2017

ISSN: 1930-0018

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  • Blog:
    You've Got a Friend In Me: Celebrating Women's Friendships
  • Wordplay:
    T W Don't M A R
  • Book Giveaway:
    The Chalk Pit:
    A Ruth Galloway Mystery
  • Quote:
    Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
Dear BookBrowsers,

Heroes can come in all shapes and sizes and in this issue we have quite a few of them, including a couple of improbable ones. In the light-hearted young adult novel, Grendel's Guide to Love and War, teenager Tom Grendel must defend his neighborhood from being overtaken by rowdy kids. On a more serious note, in the novel The Women in the Castle, Marianne von Lingenfels takes it upon herself to protect a set of widows and children in the aftermath of a pivotal moment in World War II. And, by overcoming homophobia and mind-numbing poverty, the protagonist in The End of Eddy, a publishing sensation in France, reinvents himself in a heroic attempt to discard his previous self.

Gender identity and the fluidity of sexuality are sensitively explored in the newly released paperback, Boy Erased and The Book of Joan, a new hardcover by Lidia Yuknavitch. Also in paperback are show-stoppers from 2016 including Nathan Hill's The Nix and Yaa Gyasi's memorable debut, Homegoing. Nonfiction delights include The Dragon Behind the Glass, a look at the exotic dragon fish and the high-stakes trade in this much sought-after species.

History's big milestones including the Nigerian Civil War (and Britian's role in it) and the plot to assassinate Hitler, Operation Valkyrie, anchor many a meaty article in our Beyond the Book section. Here you can also read about the epic poem Beowulf and the world's first cookbook.

We hope you find just the right book from our extensive feature selection and wish you plenty of good reading.

Your editor,

Davina Morgan-Witts

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