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Reviews of the Week: Lily Tuck, Eric Carle, David E. Hoffman, Libba Bray, and Walter Dean Myers

Reviews of the Week: Lily Tuck, Eric Carle, David E. Hoffman, Libba Bray, and Walter Dean Myers

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 July 27–31 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, July 27th The Double Life of Liliane, by Lily Tuck Tuck […]

Inside Elijah Wald’s “Dylan Goes Electric!”

Inside Elijah Wald’s “Dylan Goes Electric!”

July 25, 2015, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day Bob Dylan “went electric,” ostensibly stunning crowds of dedicated folk fans at the Newport Folk Festival. In the recently published Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties, Elijah Wald argues that Dylan’s performance was a seminal event of the […]

An Epic Continued: William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass

An Epic Continued: William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass

The fifth in Vollmann’s Seven Dreams cycle offers a polyphonic saga of the tragic war between the Nez Percé and the U.S. Army. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams, an epic sequence of novels about the European colonizing of North America, has been compared to Moby-Dick, Wagner’s Ring cycle, and the big novels of John Barth and Thomas […]

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Cindy: Earlier this summer, on the plane ride home from ALA Annual Conference, I read the graphic novel Sunny Side Up (August 2015) by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I hinted at this in a previous post about our exhibit haul. The book’s front cover blurb from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile (2010), […]

Six-guns and Six Starred Reviews: Great Westerns for the National Day of the American Cowboy

Six-guns and Six Starred Reviews: Great Westerns for the National Day of the American Cowboy

Did you know that today, July 25, is the National Day of the American Cowboy? Yee haw! Now, ideally, you’ll be celebrating by saddling up Old Paint for a ride out onto the ol’ prairie, where you’ll round up some dogies before settling in around the campfire for son-of-a-gun stew and a few shots of […]

Reviews of the Week: Patrick Ness, Salman Rushdie, Dr. Seuss, Sue Grafton, and Louise Penny

Reviews of the Week: Patrick Ness, Salman Rushdie, Dr. Seuss, Sue Grafton, and Louise Penny

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 July 20–24 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, July 23rd The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick […]