Last Week’s Top Reviews

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Before We Were Yours

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? The No-nonsense Guide to Achieving Optimal Weight and Lifelong Health

Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

From the Newsletters

Tip Sheet

Daniel Kalder, author of The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy, tells us 10 things he learned reading terrible books by dictators.

Children’s Bookshelf

Associate PW children’s book editor Emma Kantor interviews Chelsea Clinton about her new picture book, She Persisted Around the World, a companion to her 2017 bestseller, She Persisted.

BookLife Report

Our roundup of some of the best opening lines from titles by BookLife authors.

Religion BookLine

With The 49th Mystic, Ted Dekker is back in the Circle universe, the setting of his earlier series of novels.


Week Ahead

PW senior writer Andrew Albanese discusses why a fight over the MLS degree is delaying the American Library Association’s search for its next executive director.

More to Come

Heidi MacDonald goes to Emerald City Comic Con and talks with Vault Comics publisher Damian Wassel about his line of SF/F comics; with writer Lilah Sturges about her past work, future projects, and coming out as trans; and Anne Bean, owner of Emerald Comics Distro, a small independent comics distributor in Seattle.

PW Radio

Anna Badkhen discusses her new book, Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea. And PW senior editor Mark Rotella reports on AWP, the conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.



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