Archive for March, 2016

Book Trailer Thursday: Work Like Any Other

Adult books editor Donna Seaman heralded Virginia Reeves’ historical novel Work Like Any Other (Scribner), out this month, in Booklist‘s first Spotlight on Book Discussions, December 15, 2015 issue, predicting the novel’s many themes to spark inspired discussion among readers of all kinds. If you anticipated book-club demand in your own library and ordered several copies—or if you didn’t yet—you’ll […]

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Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited
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Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited

This editorial, by longtime Book Links columnist and Booklist contributor Pat Scales, appeared in the August 2010 issue of Booklist in response to Common Sense Media’s practice of labeling books by controversial content. Recent discussions on ALSC-L about this organization, and why the American Library Association doesn’t work with them, have prompted us to reprint Pat’s essay here. […]

Pat Scales’ Alma Mater Honors Her Service to Young Readers

Pat Scales’ Alma Mater Honors Her Service to Young Readers

The University of Montevallo, alma mater of longtime Booklist contributor and Book Links columnist Pat Scales is honoring her contribution to middle- and high-school librarianship with the creation of the Pat Scales Special Collections Room. The photos above are an artist’s rendering of the library, which will include upwards of 3,000 items, featuring signed first editions […]

A Dance of Friendship: Molly Idle’s Flora and the Peacocks

A Dance of Friendship: Molly Idle’s Flora and the Peacocks

Lynn: I thought the previous two Flora books were stellar but I am almost speechless with admiration for Molly Idle’s new book, Flora and the Peacocks (2016). It’s subtly drawn, with nuanced expressions, but is also stunningly dramatic, showing a masterful use of color, line, and space that extends to the physical features of the book […]

Patty Duke’s Call Me Anna and 15 Other Tales of Growing Up in the Spotlight

Patty Duke’s Call Me Anna and 15 Other Tales of Growing Up in the Spotlight

Actress Patty Duke has died. The Academy Award winner wrote about her experiences as child star in her 1987 memoir Call Me Anna; then, in 1992, she bravely shared her struggle with manic depressive illness in A Brilliant Madness. Readers curious to hear what others have to say about the life of a child star will find compelling […]

The Magicians, Episode 11: Remedial Battle Magic

The Magicians, Episode 11: Remedial Battle Magic

Things are getting significantly hairier, friends. There is a dramatic suicide depicted in this week’s episode, Julia gets a visit from the divine, and the fragility of Quentice (a fan-created Brangelina-like nickname for Quentin and Alice) is revealed. Shall we touch the button together? OK. Away we go. First, The Beast is tormenting travelers by […]

Good Books for Book Groups: Jon Krakauer’s Missoula

Good Books for Book Groups: Jon Krakauer’s Missoula

This month, the LIT book club tackled the challenging but worthwhile Missoula, the story of a small college town with a big football program and a very visible rape problem. Reading about multiple rapes is sobering, but Krakauer uses these stories as a framework to discuss why sexual assaults happen with such regularity and how […]

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This Week on Well Read: Eric Weiner Talks about The Geography of Genius

This week on Well Read, New York Times best-selling author Eric Weiner will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest work, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley (2016). In this historical biography-travelogue hybrid, Weiner—a former NPR correspondent […]

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Jim Harrison, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
By March 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Jim Harrison, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

Jim Harrison, novelist, poet, essayist, and man of prodigious appetites, died Saturday at his Arizona home. Strongly associated with his boyhood home of Michigan and also Montana, where he summered in later years—often compared to Hemingway, if more for his personality than his prose—he leaves behind a huge and highly respected body of work. In the […]

Astonished That Eighth-Graders Like M. T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing? Hear It in Their Own Words

Astonished That Eighth-Graders Like M. T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing? Hear It in Their Own Words

Cindy: My middle-school, eighth-grade, advanced English Language Arts classes just finished a lit circle project. The teacher shared the student feedback surveys with me so I could learn what the students thought about the books we used. I rounded up a list of books and booktalked them to the classes, and then they were asked to rank […]