Susan Lowell

The Way Back

By Gavriel Savit - Published 2020


Children/Young AdultHistorical FantasyLiterary

Imagine a Chagall who works in words, not paint. His work is intricate, moving, whimsical, Slavic, Jewish, folkloric—but his colors are limited ...Read Review

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It

By Andrea Davis Pinkney - By Brian Pinkney (illus.) - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

This marvelous creation is more than a novel. It is a “page-to-stage” narrative, magicked out of family stories and American history and narrated ...Read Review

Jack: A Novel

By Marilynne Robinson - Published 2020



A very few novelists create worlds—palpable, mappable, 3-D, unique as a scent. Marilynne Robinson’s fictional Gilead, Iowa, is such a world, ...Read Review

The City on the Thames: The Creation of a World Capital: A History of London

By Simon Jenkins - Published 2020



“All histories have their roots in geography.” Simon Jenkins begins his history of London with this thought-provoking statement (and one of particular interest ...Read Review

Murder at Kingscote (A Gilded Newport Mystery)

By Alyssa Maxwell - Published 2020



Each book in Alyssa Maxwell’s Gilded Age/architectural/historical/crime series (Murder at Kingscote is the eighth) centers around one of the ...Read Review

The Collaborator

By Diane Armstrong - Published 2020


To paraphrase William Faulkner, World War II isn’t even past. In fiction and non-fiction, the fight goes on—perhaps especially fiercely at ...Read Review

St. Louis Sam and the Desperados

By Pinkie Paranya - Published 2021



Across a salsa-red cover, three cowboy silhouettes ride into the sunset. It’s impossible not to smile at them, and equally impossible not ...Read Review

A Ritchie Boy

By Linda Kass - Published 2020


“O Lord,” prays the optimist, “please make bad people good and good people … interesting!” Linda Kass’s lovely novel in stories may be ...Read Review

A Royal Affair: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery

By Allison Montclair - Published 2020



Brava! Brava! Bravissima! That’s one big cheer for each of two delightful main characters, Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge, and an even ...Read Review

Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery)

By Erica Ruth Neubauer - Published 2020



Murder at the Mena House? Quite likely. You enter this hotel through a catch-as-catch-can metal detector, then you get lost in the dim ...Read Review