Twelve best-selling mystery writers take turns at writing new short stories featuring Agatha Christie's famous sleuth, Miss Marple. Some stories will be more to each reader’s tastes than others, but overall, this is a very satisfying collection and a welcome return of one of the great detectives of mystery’s Golden Age.
Humans have more than five senses, and animals can give us a run for our money in most of them. Higgins provides detailed and fascinting accounts of current research on animal senses, and uses those studies to illustrate how human senses, both familiar and unfamiliar, work. An astounding look into the world around us, and how we come to know it.
After single mother Frida leaves her toddler alone for two hours to run some errands, she finds herself caught up in the child welfare system and eventually sent to a dystopian, high-tech reducation center to learn how to be a “good mother.” With motherhood under constant scrutiny, only a few technological advances separate this book from current reality. Fascinating and frightening.
Laughter may be the best medicine, but sometimes you just need transcranial magnetic stimulation. As with her two previous books, Lawson speaks honestly about her mental and physical struggles, as well as her general aqkwardness, using humor to make some serious points. The chapter, "An Open Letter to my Insurance Company" alone is worth the price of admission.
Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and her sister Lacey Lamar recount the subtle and not-so-subtle racism that Lacey faces living as Black woman in Omaha, NE, in a style that is both tongue-in-cheek and deadly serious. Funny, cringeworthy, and educational (for this white reader at least).