All Stars 2008

Fiction titles which received three or more starred reviews from major review sources.

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
  • A Golden Age
    Author: Anam, Tahmima
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061478741 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    In her deeply moving debut novel, Anam tells the story of a young widow who becomes embroiled in the violent political turmoil in 1971 that transforms a brutal Pakistani civil war into a fight for the death for Bangladeshi independence.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.19.07
  • Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution
    Author: Charyn, Jerome
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393064971 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ starBooklist
    This comic masterpiece reimagines the American Revolution with a one-eyed spy, a heroic whorehouse madam, and a cunning George Washington.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Plague of Doves
    Author: Erdrich, Louise
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780060515126 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    In this multigenerational tour-de-force of sin, redemption, murder, and vengeance ("Publishers Weekly"), a senseless and horrific crime in 1911 forever changes the lives of several families living in and around Pluto, North Dakota, a white town on the far western edge of an Ojibwe reservation.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Outcast
    Author: Jones, Sadie
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061374036 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    In this brilliant debut, Jones tells the story of a boy who refuses to accept the polite lies of a tightly knit community that rejects love in favor of appearances. Written with nail-biting suspense, The Outcast is an emotionally powerful testament to the powers of love and understanding.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.31.08
  • Lavinia
    Author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151014248 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    In "The Aeneid," Vergil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a this novel set in the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Killing Rommel
    Author: Pressfield, Steven
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385519700 Date: 2008
    star LJ star Kirkus star PW
    Hitler's legions have swept across Europe, leaving Churchill and the English isolated. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East, in Pressfield's latest riveting historical novel.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Lush Life
    Author: Price, Richard
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374299255 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    In Lush Life, Price tears the shiny veneer off the "new" New York to show the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour, in this novel that reads like a movie in prose" ("New York Times").
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Three Girls and Their Brother
    Author: Rebeck, Theresa
    Publisher: Crown $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307394149 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    In this sharp-edged drama that unfolds in New York's celebrity fast lane, it takes an awful incident with a famous movie star to blast three famous girls--and their brother--out of their self-destructive spiral.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories
    Author: Strout, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 9781400062089 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    "New York Times" bestselling author Strout binds together 13 rich, luminous narratives through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge, who offers profound insights into the human condition.
    Updated 2.26.08

Starred Review Lists

Books that received at least one starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, LJ, and PW.

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