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7 Must-Read Books by James McBride

Pitch-perfect. Hilarious. Heartfelt. Stunning....

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex

Each of the Empire’s houses keeps secrets, even from themselves. For the bookish academics of the Sixth, every secret is a mystery, and...

The thriller TBR for anyone who loved ONE OF US IS LYING

If the plot twist of One of Us Is Lying knocked your socks...

Book Reviews

“The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals” Finds Humor in the Human Experience – Chicago Review of Books

Attention animal lovers, nature lovers, literary lovers—the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning author Becky Mandelbaum has written a book just for you. The Bright Side...

Agency, in Life & Death, in “The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die” – Chicago Review of Books

In 1966, Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea, a reimagining of Jane Eyre that delved into the past and present of Mr. Rochester’s...

Hipster Sentimentality in “Kings County” – Chicago Review of Books

David Goodwillie leans heavily on nostalgic sentimentality to carry his literary mystery novel, Kings County, but the suspense-driven plot flounders as the characters...

Writing the Hurts Out in “Sleepovers” – Chicago Review of Books

I first met Ashleigh Bryant Phillips in a record store in Charleston, WV. We were part of a reading set up by the...

Finding What’s Lost in ‘Empire of Wild’ – Chicago Review of Books

Cherie Dimaline is a writer of indigenous stories. Her newest novel, Empire of Wild, focuses on a community of displaced Métis descendants who...

Dirty, Big Secrets in “Let’s Never Talk about This Again” – Chicago Review of Books

Many parents raise their children emphasizing the “goodness” and “badness” of everything from food to language to sex. The good-versus-bad mindset can easily...