Review of The Nix by Nathan Hill

Let’s open with this: a politician, the faux-folksy governor of Wyoming—who harbors presidential aspirations, despite a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution—is attacked in a park in Chicago. Various news outlets, in their haste to break the story, do not bother to ascertain any details before issuing a slew of hysterical, speculative headlines. To the utter delight of the media, it gradually emerges that the governor was hit by “projectiles” (i.e. a handful of pebbles) tossed by a teaching assistant with the vaguely insane-sounding name of Faye Andresen-Anderson. As an added bonus, apparently Faye’s past includes a stint as a war protestor and—wait for it—an arrest for prostitution. T

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Note from Kimmery: All Middle Grade books with boy protagonists are reviewed by my ten-year-old son, Alex. I had my doubts about whether he'd enjoy a book of poetry, but I was wrong. He loved this book. We both did. For days after reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about it: the lyrical, tongue-twisting cadence of the words, the immediately recognizable realism of the family portrayed within its pages, the stunning, gasp-out-loud emotional explosion at the end. If you've somehow forgotten the mood spectrum of early adolescence--everything from surliness to angst to pure sweetness--Alexander captures all its facets with engaging brilliance. But who cares what I think? I'm not the target rea

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