Starred Reviews for Hanif Abdurraqib, Jen Silverman, Ali Hazelwood, Nicola Yoon, and more!

By Kate McManus | March 27 2024 | Starred Reviews

With starred reviews from publications including Booklist, Publishers Weekly, AudioFile, and Library Journal—your patrons will want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.


The Limits
A novel

“Freudenberger is fluent in every realm, social conundrum, and crime against the earth she brings into focus, keenly attuned to science and emotion, tradition and high-tech, race and gender, greed and conscience, irony and tragedy.” —Booklist, starred review

A Novel

“Mogollon wows with tenderness and uproarious profanity.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Middle of the Night
A Novel

“This standout work of psychological suspense confirms that Sager has few equals when it comes to merging creepiness and compassion.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

There's Going to Be Trouble
A Novel

“Atmospheric and profound, Silverman’s novel of defiance and acceptance shimmers with passion, repressed and unbridled.” —Booklist, starred review

This Summer Will Be Different

“Fortune’s latest (after Meet Me at the Lake, 2023) is an absolute delight. This sexy novel is filled with friendship, family, love, and heartbreak, perfect for fans of Renée Carlino or Cecilia Ahern.” —Booklist, starred review

Not in Love

“The politics of scientific and engineering development along with the rewards and piracy of intellectual property provide a fascinating backdrop for Hazelwood’s (Bride, 2024) latest smart and sexy page-turner. The queen of STEMinist rom-coms is at the top of her game.” —Booklist, starred review

Look on the Bright Side

“Higgins plays with grumpy/sunny and fake-dating tropes in this heartfelt story about grief, family ties, and second chances… Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jill Shalvis should slip this into their beach bags.” —Booklist, starred review

A novel

“Oates’ daring tale of grotesque medical experiments and other injustices is unnerving, illuminating, suspenseful, mythic, and, thankfully, tempered by transcendence and love.” —Booklist, starred review

One of Our Kind
A novel

“In the mode of Percival Everett, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and Rion Amilcar Scott, Yoon presents a riveting tale spiked with surprises, laced with compassion, and designed for discussion as it raises unsettling questions about class, Blackness, parenthood, social responsibility, justice, and the hidden repercussions of deep, centuries-spanning trauma.” —Booklist, starred review

A Novel

“This is a wondrous novel, full of insights, one that leaves the reader questioning why there isn’t more fiction about the world’s most popular sport.” —Booklist, starred review

Nine Tales

“Award-winning poet Mao’s fiction debut is a spectacularly multifaceted collection about women and their feral superpowers.” —Booklist, starred review


Egyptian Made
Women, Work, and the Promise of Liberation

“Chang’s cogent analysis and lyric impressions (women arriving at work “hug and kiss… as if they’ve been apart for months or years rather than just one day”) are threaded with insight into Egypt’s political and economic history. It’s an eye-opener.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

There's Always This Year
On Basketball and Ascension

“The narrative works as if by alchemy, forging personal anecdotes, sports history, and cultural analysis into a bracing contemplation of the relationship between sport teams and their communities. This is another slam dunk from Abdurraqib.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Magic Pill
The Extraordinary Benefits and Disturbing Risks of the New Weight-Loss Drugs

“A terrific read for anyone curious about or considering using
these remarkable medications.” —Booklist, starred review

The Chair and the Valley
A Memoir of Trauma, Healing, and the Outdoors

“Lyon has written a survival story like no other. With positively outstanding storytelling, this is a book that can not be put down.” —Booklist, starred review


Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart
And Other Stories

“An alluring exploration of relationships through a fantastical lens that may appeal to those who enjoyed Cassandra Khaw’s The Salt Grows Heavy or Kelly Barnhill’s The Crane Husband.” —Library Journal Starred Review

MeatEater's American History: The Long Hunters (1761-1775)

“Compelling storytelling, animated narration, and well-researched information combine to create a superb listening experience for anyone interested in early American history.” —Library Journal Starred Review

A Novel

“Abbott–Pratt’s cadence enthralls listeners, giving weight to this sweeping epic. Her performance is a stunning example of a masterful narrator at her best. ” —AudioFile Earphones Award

The Hunter
A Novel

“Clark’s Irish dialogue is so rich and musical it’s addictive, but his American voice for Cooper is flawless as well, and his pacing, attention, and sympathy do splendid justice to this riveting story. ” —AudioFile Earphones Award

A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

“Fliakos also brings his A-game for every member of the large supporting cast, which includes Elizabeth’s seemingly perfect frenemy Brandi, her corporate raider father, and Jack’s self-pitying and abusive mother. Beautifully written and performed, Wellness is a slam-dunk recommendation for readers of relationship fiction and family sagas, offering strong cross-genre appeal to readers interested in contemporary social issues, generational trauma, technology, and art.” —Booklist Starred Review