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This web page lists all books reviewed by Steve Hopkins at during 2019 as well as books pending (The Shelf
of Possibility) or relegated to the Shelf of Reproach or the Shelf of Ennui. You can click on the title of a book or on the picture of any
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Out of
Abdoh, Salar
Release Date: 9/1/20
Our Time Is Now:
Power, Purpose,
and the Fight for a
Fair America
Abrams, Stacey
Release Date: 6/9/20
Bleeding Out: The
Consequences of
Urban Violence--
and a Bold New
Abt, Thomas
Shelf of Ennui 2020.
Plan for Peace in
the Streets
Places and Names:
On War,
Revolution, and
Ackerman, Elliot
Shelf of Ennui 2020.
Red Dress in Black
and White
Ackerman, Elliot
Release Date: 5/26/20
The Heap
Adams, Sean
Recovery. Sean Adams’ debut novel titled,
The Heap, pulls readers into an examination
of what we build, what collapses, and what it
takes to restore what is important. Los
Verticalés was a 500-story residential
building in the desert that has collapsed.
Protagonist Orville Anders works on a dig
site where he is looking for his brother,
Bernard, who survived the collapse and
broadcasts a radio show from the rubble
called the Heap. Adams explores what life in
Los Verticalés was like before the collapse,
and what was different for those on the outer
units who had windows compared to those
on the inner units who relied on digital
screens. The workers at the dig site form a
community of their own in CamperTown,
and Adams uses all three communities as
fodder for his satire. Many readers will find
this to be a compelling story, and others will
come away from it ready to reflect on the
creation of community life.
Adiga, Aravind
Release Date: 2/18/20
Friday Black
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana
Creative. There are twelve funny and crazy
short stories in the debut collection by Nana
Kwame Adjei-Brenyah titled, Friday Black.
These are sharp, finely written stories that
show off the author’s creativity and are likely
to delight most readers. There’s an emotional
range on display in this collection that packs
a punch. There’s dark humor, human failings
and issues galore. His writing surprised me
often, always had my full attention, and gave
me great reading pleasure.
Homeland Elegies
Akhtar, Ayad
Release Date: 9/15/20
She Lover of Death
Akunin, Boris
Club. The eighth Fandorin mystery by Boris
Akunin is a novel titled, She Lover of Death.
A young and naïve protagonist, Masha
Mironova, arrives in Moscow at the
beginning of the 20
century and joins a club
of mainly poets who are enamored with
death. She becomes Columbine, wears a pet
snake, and before long finds herself next in
queue to commit suicide, thanks to the signs
she has received. Events are heading off the
cliff when Fandorin joins the club. Of course,
you’ll have to read the novel if you want to
find out what happens. Akunin plays with
words and names in this novel in ways that
will entertain many readers.