When Am I?

“We learn to trust the author to know where she is and where she needs to go. It’s like listening to an especially ambitious jazz improvisation.” Nikki Stern reviews the new Kate Atkinson novel.

Whimsical + Creepy = Wonderful

“Karen Russell is weird. And I mean that as a compliment.” Nikki Stern reviews Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

No Casual Dismissal

“I never for a moment felt like laughing. That’s because these people seemed too real, their escalating miseries too close at hand, to warrant the sly smile or knowing chuckle.” Nikki Stern reviews J.K. Rowling least Harry novel.

December 4, 2012
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A Miracle In Feathertown

Flight Behavior strengthened my conviction that climate change is very real and terribly serious. But its real accomplishment is in dissecting both the truths that keep us grounded and the beliefs that keep us from taking wing. Nikki Stern reviews Barbara Kingsolver’s novel.

September 13, 2012
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Redemption For Some

“Kid lacks basic social skills, which explains his connection to the un-emotive, yet strangely affecting iguana. In fact, what he knows is gleaned from the Internet, the ultimate contemporary pal of a quintessentially alienated 21st century child.” Nikki Stern reviews the new book, Lost Memory of Skin.

July 5, 2012
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An Author Comes Of Age

“The heart has a mind of its own, and sometimes all we can do is let it be.” Nikki Stern reviews Tell The Wolves I’m Home, the debut novel by Carol Rifka Brunt.