Archive for July, 2015

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Lynn: For many of us, summer is a chance to travel. I love to travel, but if I can’t, I will happily read about someone else’s adventures. Here’s a fabulous new book that will scratch that travel itch just by reading it: How to Babysit a Leopard: And other True Stories from Our Travels across […]

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 […]

Posted in: Book Lists

Book Trailer Thursday: Once in a Great City

In this brief video for his Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster), David Maraniss touches on one particular aspect of Detroit’s history—Motown. The book chronicles 18 months, in the early 1960s, of the author’s hometown. Booklist reviewer Vanessa Bush gave the book a starred review, saying “Maraniss captures Detroit just […]

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize is one of the leading prizes for high-quality literary fiction written in English. The shortlist will be announced September 15 and winners announced October 13 in London. See the longlist titles below, with Booklist reviews linked when available. Visit the Man Booker Prize website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news. […]

Posted in: Book Awards

Is There a Movie in This? Hanging Out with David Foster Wallace at The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour, which opens nationwide tomorrow, has a funny habit of keeping David Foster Wallace offscreen. He first appears in the film through a tape recorder, as David Lipsky listens to their five-day interview for Rolling Stone in 1996 in the wake of Wallace’s suicide in 2008. But even after the audience meets […]

Summer is for World Building

Summer is for World Building

Lynn: There’s something about fantasy that seems to go perfectly with summer! Maybe because it takes a certain carefree attitude to fully jump into the intricate worlds some fantasy series have. The perfect choice this August is Court of Fives (2015), by Kate Elliott. Elliott, a 1997 World Fantasy Award finalist, is the author of many […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult

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 […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
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 […]

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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 […]