Review by Steven Robert Allen
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Smithsonian Institution Press
After marrying into the Kennedy clan, Shriver directed the Peace Corps, headed Johnson's War on Poverty, founded the Special Olympics and served as ambassador to France. By most accounts, Stossel has created an admirable biography of one of America's most compassionate public servants.
Walter Dean Myers
Veteran young adult novelist Walter Dean Myers brings a fresh voice to a disgustingly familiar tale about a gun-obsessed geek who brings his Kalashnikov to school to murder a bully then off himself. Macabre but compelling reading for readers 12 and up.
Country of Origin
Editor of the prestigious literary journal Ploughshares, Don Lee presents this funny, lyrical debut novel revolving around the disappearance of a half-Asian half-African woman searching for her roots in sex-drenched Tokyo in the early '80s.
Day of the Dead
In Jance's third Southwestern mystery novel, former sheriff Brandon Walker, at the urging of a bereaved mother, agrees to investigate a brutal murder that happened many years ago. In the process, he uncovers related violent dismemberments that eventually point him toward the perverted killers.
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