Archive for July, 2016

Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Monday, July 25 Every Hidden Thing, by Kenneth Oppel In the late nineteenth century, Rachel Cartland and Samuel Bolt meet right before their paleontologist fathers get into a fistfight over a newly discovered dinosaur fossil. Locked in a vicious battle of one-upmanship, the professors, along with Rachel and Samuel, separately follow the same lead to […]

Good Books for Book Clubs: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Good Books for Book Clubs: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Last week, the LIT book group discussed Maybe In Another Life, a beach read that just about fits into the chick lit genre—even if it is quite a bit fluffier than most women’s fiction. This fits nicely with our summer tradition: Each year, we choose lighter books written in a genre we wouldn’t normally read. […]

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Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense

Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense

Cindy: No matter your political affiliation, there’s nothing like an election year to bring out the bad logic. Lynn and I discovered The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense (2014) by Ali Almossawi at BookExpo in May. Previously published online at Book of Bad Arguments, this edition is a delightful—and above […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Hamilton Affair

In this week’s installment of Book Trailer Thursday, author Elizabeth Cobbs explores the historical and creative backdrop of her forthcoming novel, The Hamilton Affair (Arcade). Navigating the fierce conflicts and tempestuous romance of America’s most trendy founding father, Cobbs voices her own take on the story of Alexander Hamilton as she brings to life what she calls “one of the most remarkable stories, of all time, as well as […]

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The Gift of Summer Reading

The Gift of Summer Reading

Growing up, summer reading was an occasion for adventure—a time for me to inhabit new worlds and take risks on authors I’d never read before. There was such power in getting to make that choice for myself. Such freedom. I remember my childhood summers in sensations: the warm glow of fireflies winking to life in the […]

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s that time again: Adventure Time Man Booker Prize time! According to the venerable organization’s press release: The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia […]

Booklist Readers: Caitlin Brown

Booklist Readers: Caitlin Brown

For today’s Booklist Reader profile, we turn to Caitlin Brown, our Summer 2016 intern and a Chinese Studies major at Lake Forest College. Since May, she’s helped with the daily tasks for the Adult and Youth sections of Booklist, all while writing book reviews and blog posts. Come fall, she’ll be spending a year in China to undergo a language […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied

Webcomics Wednesday: Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied

This week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday checks off a lot of the webcomics hits: magic, talking cats, fashion, and a diverse gang of plucky kids. Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied, set in a kingdom watched over by a pair of looming, enigmatic statues, concerns neophyte magicians who compete in a series of weekly contests to become their city’s next magical representative. […]

Where’s the Index? A Grandmother’s Tale

Where’s the Index? A Grandmother’s Tale

Lynn: All of you reading Bookends even occasionally know that I am a besotted grandmother. It is true that we do shamelessly use all 5 boys as reading guinea pigs, but it is also true that I adore them and talk about them at every opportunity. So I wouldn’t blame you if you scoff at […]

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2016 Eisner Award Winners

2016 Eisner Award Winners

On Friday at Comic-Con, the Eisner Awards acknowledged the best of the best in the comics field.  (To find out more about the history of the awards and past winners, visit its official website.) Below, a list of this year’s winners in each category, with links to Booklist reviews when available.   Best Short Story: Killing and Dying, by Adrian Tomine Best Single Issue/One-Shot: […]