Archive for September, 2015

James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years
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James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years

It was 60 years ago today, September 30, 1955, when James Dean drove his Porsche 550 Spyder into the driver’s side of another car (a Ford Tudor). Dean was killed instantly while the other driver walked away with a few bruises. That this very young actor, 24 when he died, remains a film icon on […]

Unreliable Narrators and Unlikeable People: 8 Killer Examples of Psychological Suspense
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Unreliable Narrators and Unlikeable People: 8 Killer Examples of Psychological Suspense

What’s hot in fiction right now? Psychological suspense! Thanks to the phenomenal success of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, readers are clamoring for novels that take us inside the heads of unlikable characters in twisted stories of obsession and nightmarish situations. In my At Leisure column for October 1 Booklist (“Psychological Suspense, Horror’s Disturbing Sibling“), I […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Food and Series Nonfiction
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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Food and Series Nonfiction

The October 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 282 new reviews and 7 new 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 but haven’t […]

Posted in: Inside Booklist
Libreria Fahrenheit 451 and Other European Bookstores

Libreria Fahrenheit 451 and Other European Bookstores

Cindy: Lynn and I love travel, and especially love visiting libraries and bookstores when we do. We thought it would be fitting to close out Booklist‘s dual spotlights on romance and travel with our LOVE for TRAVELING, showing you some of the books we found in Europe this summer and fall. It is especially fitting that […]

Julie Schumacher Wins the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor
By September 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Julie Schumacher Wins the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor

With the Roald Dahl Funny Prize having passed away (I hope it died laughing, at least), prizes for humorous fiction are as scarce as a thoughtful tweet from a presidential candidate. For now, though, the Thurber Prize for American Humor continues to throw a cartoon bone to authors who labor long and hard to make us […]

Publishing U: Making Your Debut at ALA
By September 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: Making Your Debut at ALA

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this latest addition to our Publishing U series, debut YA novelist Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils) shares her experience at ALA’s Annual Conference this past summer—and offers tips for other first-time authors.   […]

When the Girl Next Door Can’t Leave the House: Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything

When the Girl Next Door Can’t Leave the House: Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything

Cindy: It’s always exciting when new neighbors move in and an attractive son is part of the family, but when you are the girl next door who isn’t allowed to EVER leave the house, starting a relationship is a bit trickier. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2015) is going to fly out the door in the […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Reviews of the Week: Byron Motley, Ransom Riggs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and More
By September 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Byron Motley, Ransom Riggs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and More

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 September 21–25 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, September 21 Embracing Cuba, by Byron Motley […]

Posted in: Book Lists
Peacekeeping with a Price: The Scorpion Rules

Peacekeeping with a Price: The Scorpion Rules

Lynn: Greta Gustafsen Stuart is the Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy. Since the age of 5 she has lived in one of the Prefectures controlled by the UN and Talis, the AI controlling Earth. Greta is the future ruler of a superpower. She is also a hostage. Should her […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Hostile Questions: G. Neri
By September 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: G. Neri

G. whiz! HQ finally g.ets around to g.rilling that g.normous g.enerator of g.lorious books, G. Neri. As I’ve admitted in the past, I’m very suspicious of authors who use abbreviations. “G” would have us believe his name is “Greg,” but that’s so clearly a g.immick. We’re supposed to swallow that this one single “Greg” is behind g.raphic novels (Yummy: the Last Days […]