Archive for February, 2017

Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN
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Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

This month, after our brief foray into BYO Books, the LIT book club resumed our normal reading schedule with In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. This 2012 novel, Ratner’s first, tells the gorgeous, wrenching story of a prince’s daughter, Raami, who grows up in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge takes over in […]

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A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook
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A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook

Lin Manuel-Miranda was so close. Had Moana only won an Oscar for Best Original Song, he might have completed an EGOT, the acronym earned by those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Too bad he couldn’t score an Oscar for his mad audiobook skills – just check out his Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of […]

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Jeri Watts and Micha Archer win 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards

Jeri Watts and Micha Archer win 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards

The Ezra Jackson Keats foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards, intended to honor a writer and an illustrator who have just begun their careers. Below are the winning books, linked to their Booklist reviews:   New Writer  A Piece of Home, by Jeri Watts   New Illustrator  Daniel Finds a Poem, by […]

Best New Books: Week of February 27, 2017

Best New Books: Week of February 27, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  My Fair Duchess, by Megan Frampton  The Horseman, by Tim Pears  If I Could Tell You, by Elizabeth Wilhide  The Jukebox Kings, by Doug Allyn  No […]

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SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

Lynn: Many of us hate change, but 12-year-old Charlie really hates it. The Someday Birds (2017) by Sally J. Pla begins with Charlie’s widowed father, who suffered a head wound in Afghanistan, being transferred from San Diego to a hospital in Virginia to undergo a new treatment. And so Charlie finds himself on a cross-country road […]

Reviews of the Week: with Richard Ford, Drew Daywalt, Donna Leon, and Margaret Stohl

Reviews of the Week: with Richard Ford, Drew Daywalt, Donna Leon, and Margaret Stohl

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from February 21 through 24 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Tuesday, February 21  Between Them: Remembering My Parents, by Richard Ford Illustrated with family photographs, Ford’s […]

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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator
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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

At one million words and 61 hours, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem tops the list of longest audiobooks—but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to it. Narrator Simon Vance’s informed reading makes Moore’s hallucinogenic style and provocative ideas intelligible. But not every narrator has the skill and energy required to make a lengthy book exceptional listening. These narrators do. […]

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BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

Lynn: I don’t know what it is like elsewhere but here in Michigan, EVERYONE seems to be sick! I’m just getting over a cold that I got from one of my grandsons, and every other person I meet is clutching wads of Kleenex to red noses. I couldn’t have found Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY

In her new book This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression (Farrar), Daphne Merkin pushes back against the stigma surrounding mental illness, speaking openly about her lifelong struggle with depression. June Sayers summarizes the content of the book in her Booklist review: “Merkin allows readers inside her head to experience the darkness, as she recalls her […]

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We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE
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We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. What’s scarier than a grumpy five-year-old with a tricycle […]

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