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Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, 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 17 through 21 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   July 10  Spinning, by Tillie Walden Award-winning Walden’s first book-length work traces her […]

Celebrating WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES with Novels about Humanoid Monkeys

Celebrating WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES with Novels about Humanoid Monkeys

War for the Planet of the Apes opens today. Upon the conclusion of the latest (and best) iteration of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, let’s take a look back on its debut. Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in August of 2011, on the heels of two of the most devastating nonfiction chimpanzee narratives […]

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

Further Reading: Sandwiches

Further Reading: Sandwiches

This morning’s David Brooks New York Times column about structural and social inequality engorged the outrage glands of the Twittersphere due to the following passage: Plenty of blogs have already collected the best Twitter takes, and The A. V. Club just weighed in with the first feature-length satire of the op-ed. But has anyone stopped to […]

Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Rachel Khong’s first novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, is a story of regular people dealing with irregular things. It dials down the looming menace of that which we fear the most for ourselves and our loved ones, while underlining just how extraordinary it is to be a person surrounded by other people. Vitamin‘s narrator, Ruth, moves home […]

Best New Books, Week of July 10, 2017

Best New Books, Week of July 10, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  A Catalog of Birds, by Laura Harrington  Alone, by Christophe Chabouté, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger  Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney  Dark Saturday, by Nicci French  Death on Delos, by Gary […]