Archive for December, 2014

Great Books for Book Groups: What We Discussed in 2014
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Great Books for Book Groups: What We Discussed in 2014

Our Book Group Buzz bloggers discussed over 100 books in 2014—not bad! From older books to newer books, from fiction to nonfiction, with even a few books for younger readers thrown in, they talked about (and shared their tricks for getting other people to talk about) a truly diverse array of titles. If you can’t find something here […]

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It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

The film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, came out on DVD just in time for the holidays. Readers needing to know that their familial spats could be worse will find comfort in these tales of delightful domestic drama. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke […]

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Discussing Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself
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Discussing Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself

My Other Realms book group met this month to discuss Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, the first in the First Law trilogy and his debut fantasy novel. For many this was an introduction to Abercrombie, who has been hailed king of “grimdark fantasy.” For those who want more information about this emerging genre, Abercrombie’s essay […]

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An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

An Advent Calendar in Haiku!

Cindy: Waiting for Christmas has never been so delightful! Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole (2014), by Bob Raczka, has a haiku for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Santa wears many hats, and one of them is that of a poet. On the first day a blizzard of letters to Santa […]

Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Current event aficionados are likely to show a renewed interest in the Caribbean nation. Make them happy—give them books! Cuba Libre, by Elmore Leonard Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia Explosion in a […]

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By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae, creator of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, says that getting people to read her new book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (Atria), “is kind of uncomfortable.” Watch the trailer and you’ll see what she means (warning: some friendly f-bombs). Courtney Jones wrote in her Booklist review, “Already a strong voice […]

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Editors’ Choice and Top of the List, 2014
By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Editors’ Choice and Top of the List, 2014

As 2014’s “best of” lists keep coming, Booklist adds its voice. Our Editors’ Choice and Top of the List awards, live this morning, are free to view! Check out the best in a great year for books!              

By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Going Dark in a Season of Light: Christmas Noir

Over on Booklist Online, Bill Ott takes a nontraditional approach to both the “Great Reads” feature and the idea of holiday entertainment. Yes, he has his own Christmas traditions (eating Steak Diane, drinking Santa’s scotch) and always appreciates a chance to watch Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn. But, Bill writes: On the other hand, there is something […]

Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

Cindy and Lynn: ‘Tis the season for gifts, wrapping, sleigh bells, and, of course, gingerbread! We have two new books that feature that wonderfully spicy and delicious treat. So break open the cookie tin, make some hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy. Cindy: Forget believing in Santa, Marshall doesn’t believe that gingerbread men can run […]

Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs
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Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs

What is it about certain historical figures or eras that draw so much of our attention as readers? If one were to take a shelf of typical historical fiction and remove the books about the Tudors, it would probably shrink by half. Remove the books about Hitler, Victoria, Napoleon, the French revolution, and the American […]

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