Reviews of the Week with James McBride, Al Gore, Celeste Ng, and more!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 31 through August 4 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

July 31

Five-Carat Soul, by James McBride

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and ride the rails.

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Women’s crime writing organization Sisters in Crime announced Jessica Ellis Laine as the winner of their Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. This annual prize honors a “writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work”

According to the press release: