In This Issue

Among the stellar titles reviewed this week are two debut memoirs that grapple with what it means to love in the face of tremendous stakes. The Wives by Simone Gorrindo offers "an intimate, vulnerable portrait of a marriage and an important depiction of the sacrifice and bravery of military spouses"; and Loose of Earth by Kathleen Dorothy Blackburn is an "incisive" depiction of "the fault lines in a family and the unseen but real environmental hazards that threaten the health of human beings." Meanwhile, for kids, Brendan Wenzel's "rhyming picture-book charmfest" Two Together follows the friendship of a dog and a cat as they try "to get home safely."

In The Writer's Life, horror writer Nick Medina doesn't scare easily, but the author of Indian Burial Ground shares which novel consistently gives him chills and which book he had to put down because it left him so disturbed

--Dave Wheeler, senior editor, Shelf Awareness
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