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Best New Books: Week of April 17, 2017

Best New Books: Week of April 17, 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  All the Beloved Ghosts, by Alison MacLeod  Any Day Now, by Robin Carr  Fallout, by Sara Paretsky  Imagine Wanting Only This, by Kristen Radtke  A […]

We Read Dead People: CAT’S EYE

We Read Dead People: CAT’S EYE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. Dee Conner is all snuggled into her forest […]

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE: Emma Donoghue Writes for Middle-Graders

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE: Emma Donoghue Writes for Middle-Graders

Cindy: I grew up watching The Brady Bunch, but I can only imagine what fun someone could have with the new, millennial version of a blended family presented in The Lotterys Plus One (2017). When Lynn and I learned that Emma Donoghue (The Wonder, Room) had written her first middle-grade novel, we weren’t sure what to expect. […]

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016, Considered

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016, Considered

As we near the end of National Library Week, let’s consider the ten most challenged books of 2016. The list, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released this week, draws on data from across the country. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts […]

A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

  When Kevin Coval’s poetry collection, Slingshots: (A Hip-Hop Poetica), came out 11 years ago, Booklist was full of praise: “Potent metaphors, muscular turns of phrase, a keen political conscience, and a Studs Terkelesque openness to humankind’s countless stories fuel Coval’s percussive calls for compassion and connection.” In our review of his next collection, Everyday People […]

LibraryReads May 2017

LibraryReads May 2017

LibraryReads has just announced its March 2017 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today.   FAVORITE OF FAVORITES  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman   TOP […]