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Top 7 Weird ALA Conference Memories

Top 7 Weird ALA Conference Memories

It’s time once again for the ALA Annual Conference, when the Booklist crew girds themselves with overpacked schedules, bandoleers of business cards, 5,000-SPF sunblock (ALA’s most common summer location is the Surface of the Sun), sensible cardigans (meeting rooms, however, are so cold you could store corpses in them), and the desperate hope that we can get out […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from June 22–26 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 22nd Big Top Burning, by Laura A. Woollett On July […]

Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Robots have been trending in literature and film for a long time. But constant advances in technology give us more and more to think—and worry—about. The New York Times video series, Robotica, and the Atlantic article, “A World Without Work,” got me thinking: how is artificial intelligence affecting our lives? Robots already contribute to our labor […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

It’s time to highlight another category of the best books of 2014, as measured by the ABBC, which compiles all of the honors bestowed on books by 172 different authoritative sources. Today, we’ll count down the nine most frequently praised biographies and memoirs. Tied for eighth place is Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon. Roberts set out to […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: From the Harlem Renaissance to Baker Street

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: From the Harlem Renaissance to Baker Street

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who will be the featured speaker at this year’s presentation of the Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction in San Francisco on June 27, has enjoyed a distinguished writing career since his retirement from basketball. The author of numerous acclaimed nonfiction works, including On the Shoulders of Giants, in which he […]

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Living with Death: 9 Books about the Inevitable

Living with Death: 9 Books about the Inevitable

Life’s single guarantee—death—unifies this nonfiction list of great reads. Death touches all of us and eventually happens to all of us. But these nine books, most of them published in the last five years, demonstrate that death also humbles us, teaches us, intrigues us, evades us, inspires us, grosses us out, and makes us laugh. […]