Archive for May, 2016

My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

In January, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark brought a glorious true-crime podcast into the universe. They called it “My Favorite Murder.” Each episode finds its hosts discussing gruesome, titillating, real-life murders in a style reminiscent of breathless slumber-party ghost stories, but much, much funnier. Recently, the show became one of the most popular comedy podcasts on iTunes, and its Facebook […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes is the best-known literary creation ever, perching on a pinnacle that allows him to look down on Hamlet, Oedipus, Quixote, and even James Bond. Everyone, in short. Since the Great Detective’s first appearance in 1887, he’s inspired a tidal wave of imitations. Writers have attempted to psychoanalyze him: what was it with Holmes […]

A Timely Feminist Memoir: Shrill by Lindy West

A Timely Feminist Memoir: Shrill by Lindy West

Lindy West’s debut memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, is getting a lot of attention for addressing topics like fat-phobia and tweeting about your abortion. In addition to being a deeply feminist memoir, it is also deeply and brilliantly funny as well. For book groups seeking titles that explore contemporary feminism, misogyny, women’s rights, body image, or online bullying, Shrill […]

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Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, and More

Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, 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 May 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday May 23 Stealing the Countess, by David […]

Shelf Evaluation: Judging Books by Their Covers

Shelf Evaluation: Judging Books by Their Covers

In this new feature, we’re asking Booklisters to give themselves a “shelf evaluation.” The rules are simple: pick any shelf in your home library, take a picture of it as is (no alphabetizing, no dusting), and then . . . explain your shelf! “Oh, my pounding heart, the jackets, it made my scrotum tingle just […]

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Lynn and Cindy: This is the year for mysteries set in the 1920s! We have so many that we used some of them in earlier posts on historical mysteries and art mysteries, but clearly this is the year for the Roaring Twenties! Lynn: First up for me is Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter (2016) by Beth Fantaskey. […]

Two Novelists Win Wodehouse Prize

Two Novelists Win Wodehouse Prize

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Awards honors the year’s best comic novel. Last year, when it was still known simply as the Wodehouse, Alexander McCall Smith took home the prize for Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party and, as is tradition, had a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named for him at the Hay-On-Wye Festival in Wales. As was announced earlier this week, two new porcine namesakes are […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Sea Change

For this week’s BTT, we’re taking a look at Sea Change (TOON), a middle-grade novel written and illustrated by Frank Viva. Eliot resents his parents for sending him to Nova Scotia for summer break. Although he barely tolerates his uncle’s rural lifestyle, he enjoys hanging with the local kids—especially Mary Beth. The child narrator in the trailer reinforces the novel’s diary-like tone, and […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Title: Midsomer Murders Starring: Neil Dudgeon, Gwilym Lee, Fiona Dolman First aired: 1997 Where you can watch it: Netflix I have always found the word “bucolic” a little strange. A dictionary.com definition describes it as of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life, but the sound of the word itself always brings to my […]

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

In The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe famously said, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat, and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.” Sleuths live […]