Archive for November, 2015

#SeasonsReadings and Holiday Book-Buying that Keeps on Giving

#SeasonsReadings and Holiday Book-Buying that Keeps on Giving

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Take a break from thinking of others (now that’s the holiday spirit!), and enter the Carnegie #SeasonsReadings Book Giveaway for a chance to win two copies of one of the six shortlist titles—one to keep, one to give. […]

The Loss of a Friend Isn’t Remotely Scientific: Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish

The Loss of a Friend Isn’t Remotely Scientific: Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish

Lynn: A word of advice: when you sit down to read Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish, make sure you have a pencil and paper. This is a book that is packed with sentences you want to write down and remember. You won’t have trouble remembering Suzy Swanson and her story, though. The pain Suzy carries […]

By November 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Essential Pépin

For a BTT that falls on Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice to feature a cookbook all-star: Jacques Pepin. Essential Pépin (Houghton) was published several years ago in conjunction with the eponymous TV series’ launch, and in this trailer, Pépin shares several tips to keep in mind today, and whenever you find yourself huddled […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health
By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health

The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 251 new reviews and 8 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
A Picture-Book Lesson about Color with Vincent van Gogh

A Picture-Book Lesson about Color with Vincent van Gogh

Cindy: The hardest part of a painting project is selecting the color! Am I the only one who is surprised by how many shades of white there are on those Pantone paint chips? Tedd Arnold’s bug-eyed, scruffy, red-bearded character in Vincent Paints His House has even more problems with his project because everyone has an opinion […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Gloria Steinem Talks about My Life on the Road

This week on Well Read, feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her newest book, My Life on the Road (2015). Steinem has dedicated her career to the fight for equality and is perhaps best known for her political activism. My Life on the Road chronicles her experiences traveling the […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Tell Us about Your Book Group!
By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Tell Us about Your Book Group!

Whether your book group meets in a library, a living room, or a bibliophiles’ secret lair, we want to read all about it. To be considered for a featured “Get to Know a Book Group” profile on The Booklist Reader, just answer the questions below and send them, along with your answers and a picture of your […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Three Books to Read if You Like Drunk History
By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Three Books to Read if You Like Drunk History

I’m a fan of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Sure, having intoxicated people stumble their way through famous episodes of America’s past while costumed actors act them out, lip-synching every belch, candid aside, and trip of the tongue can get a little formulaic, but like a Manhattan made with four parts bourbon, one part sweet vermouth, and one part dry vermouth—it’s […]

14 More Fictional Crossovers for Fans of Gregory Maguire’s After Alice

14 More Fictional Crossovers for Fans of Gregory Maguire’s After Alice

Have you ever read a book that was so good the characters seemed to leap off the page? How about off the page and into another book? Gregory Maguire’s new book, After Alice, is the latest in a long line of literary crossovers. Readers who enjoy seeing a new take on old favorites will love […]

Posted in: Backlist, Book Lists
The Wish Bookshelf: Teaching Kids That Their Libraries Can Provide for Them

The Wish Bookshelf: Teaching Kids That Their Libraries Can Provide for Them

Cindy: When I was a kid, long before the Black Friday stampedes of today, I couldn’t wait for the Sears Wish Book to arrive in the mail. My brother and I grabbed notebook paper and stretched out on the floor, turning each page of the toy section while we made our Christmas lists. Santa never brought most of […]