Archive for November, 2014

Bars, Real and Imagined
By November 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Bars, Real and Imagined

In the December 1 Booklist, now live on Booklist Online, I wrote a Back Page column about my favorite fictional bars. Space forced me to limit my choices to five: Victor’s in Chandler’s The Long Goodbye; Mac’s Place in Ross Thomas’ McCorkle and Padillo novels; Morrissey’s in Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder novels; Medicine Lodge in Ivan Doig’s The Bartender’s […]

Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Cindy: Crowded holiday gatherings are often boring for children. They are filled with relatives they don’t know well, long waits for food, isolation at the kids’ card table, time-consuming clean up, lots of adults talking, and endless football watching. The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing (2014) begins with young Gavin, clad in vest and tie, who […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science & Health
By November 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science & Health

The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 250 new reviews and 8 feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe […]

Posted in: Inside Booklist
A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack
By November 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

I’ve been anticipating the reprint of British author Barbara Trapido’s 1982 debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, for some time now—and it’s finally here! I’ve read pretty much everything that Barbara Trapido has written and have written about her here before. I have found no one else to match Trapido’s wit, style, and uncanny ear […]

Posted in: Backlist, Book Groups
Y Chromosomes Everywhere, but No Turkey: A Thanksgiving Read-Aloud

Y Chromosomes Everywhere, but No Turkey: A Thanksgiving Read-Aloud

Lynn: Longtime Booklist readers know that Y chromosomes dominate my family, as we have two sons and five grandsons. Three of the grandsons are with us before and after school and all summer, so I feel as if I understand little boys well! So believe me when I tell you that Dana Allison Levy writes […]

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried. Though this century is young, […]

Posted in: Backlist, Book Lists
You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality
By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

I noticed something as I was preparing the Spotlight on Religion & Spirituality for the November 15, 2014 issue of Booklist. Just as we need more diverse books, we need more books about religion and spirituality as well. There have been some great ones over the years. I think my favorite remains The War of […]

Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later
By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

In a recent issue of Booklist, Joyce Saricks wrote about the value of keeping a list of everything we read. For those of us who have been reviewing for Booklist for many years, the magazine (and, more recently, the digital archive behind it) functions as our list. I was thinking about all the books I’ve […]

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas
By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

Posted in: Libraries
Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian
By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian

You might know Carrie Mesrobian from her Morris Award-nominated debut, Sex & Violence, or her (ahem) non-Morris-Award-nominated follow-up, Perfectly Good White Boy. Or you might know her because you have a Google Alert for the word “sex” (I take it you have a lot of free time?) and Mesrobian does tend to talk about sex […]