The BookBrowse Review

Published September 19, 2018

ISSN: 1930-0018

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  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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  • Blog:
    Young Adult Novels for Book Clubs of All Ages
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    T Turn T S
  • Book Giveaway:
    The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
Dear BookBrowsers,

George Bernard Shaw once said: "The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time." In other words, stories that are deeply personal are also deeply universal.

In this issue we've brought together a group of books that confirm Shaw's definition of great writing. Sarah Smarsh's Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, which has just been long-listed for the National Book Award, is an exploration of her family's struggles to survive for generations, unable to lift themselves out of poverty. The memoir is authentic and, as Smarsh puts her and her family's life onto the page, we are better able to understand the class divide in our country and the stereotypes that permeate it. Award-winning investigative journalist Shane Bauer writes an authentic story too; American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment is about his time as an undercover prison guard at a private prison in Louisiana. He shares his personal experience interacting with both colleagues and inmates, and the toll it took on him and his family, and weaves this together with the history of for-profit prisons in America. The result is eye-opening.

On a somewhat lighter note, Paige Williams non-fiction debut, The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy explores the story of one quirky fossil collector who found and sold a Tyrannosaurus skeleton from Mongolia, and in telling us about this one man she unearths so much more: natural history, human nature, capitalism and the question of who, ultimately, is allowed to own the past.

We also introduce our first graphic novel review of Home After Dark by author and illustrator David Small. Like a book-length comic strip, graphic novels combine text and images to tell a whole story. We will review others from time to time.

These are just four of the sixteen featured books in this issue which also includes our beyond the book articles, author interviews, reading guides, previews of notable books coming soon, book news and more!

Here's to finding the whole world within the pages of one book!

Your editor,
Davina Morgan-Witts

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