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First, in case you missed it, Gwenda Bond has some great news about her recent book Blackwood. Head on over to her site to get all the details and be sure to check out my December column for my review of this YA title. (Hit that column before you do your holiday shopping; I promise it will help. :)

In case you missed it, my current column includes some of the more intense realistic fiction for teens I've come across in a long time. The main theme is that sometimes the adults in your life (namely your parents) can be wrong and learning to live with their fuck-ups isn't easy. If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about and at those moments these are the kind of books that will keep you sane.

Also, I reviewed two books about family history that dovetailed nicely with the big family photo project I've been working on this year. These are quiet books, but quite thought-provoking.

What I'm reviewing right now:

The Coldest City
by Anthony Johnston, a gn for my January column. I read this a few months ago, didn't review it and then reread it last week so I could get the review done. It's very spy vs spy, set just as the Berlin Wall was coming down and appropriately smart and snarky. There are no teens involved but that's fine - it's 007 without the heroes and has a twisty perfect ending.

A North Country Life by Sydney Lea & Access All Areas by Sara Wheeler. Both essay collections for Booklist and thus not much I can say here.

A Wrinkle In Time by Hope Larson. The gn adaptation of the classic that lots of folks have been talking about, for my Jan column. I love this book - it was a staple of my childhood and incredibly significant to me and I think Larson has done an excellent job. Everyone looks exactly as I expected/wanted them too and the story transfers quite nicely; I'm so glad it turned out as well as it did.

What I'm reading right now:

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie Lacava. I should not be reading this right now because I probably will not be reviewing it until March (!) but I couldn't resist. It's a perfect size, utterly unique and and such a melancholy delight to read. I love it and will be buying a final copy of the hardcover for myself this holiday season.

On the Map
by Simon Garfield and The Golden Shore by David Helvarg both for Booklist. (The history of Maps & the history of California!)

And I'm also sorting through a small pile of unique picture books that should have wide ranging appeal. This December feature is going to be very interesting and highlight a lot of fun stuff. (Which is the point, right?)

[Post title refers to The Extraordinary Theory of Objects!]


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