Archive for March, 2017

Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, and More!

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 March 27 through 31 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, March 27  House of Names, by Colin Tóibín “Now it is your duty as the son of […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

While we don’t get to see Jane Chatwin again in this episode, she’s left quite the indelible mark on these magicians. This episode calls back to the idea that everyone has been living out 39 different instances of the story line (courtesy of Jane), and in this specific instance, they have limitations that are preventing […]

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

Cindy and Lynn: Here in cold, cloudy Michigan, many schools are on spring break, and local salons have been busy making hands and feet pretty for the sunny, warm destinations we’ve been dreaming about all winter. Teen books are a different story altogether. While the occasional teen book, like Bella Thorne’s Autumn Falls, features a hand […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE BONE WITCH

This week’s book trailer is a perfect visual representation of the novel it’s promoting. The trailer for The Bone Witch (Sourcebooks/Fire) by Rin Chupeco begins with intense music that continues throughout. Dark, swirling colors flash between images of a girl, skulls, and a map, as a voiceover from protagonist Tea intones phrases such as “the DEAD HIDE truths” […]

JESUS’ SON Turns 25

JESUS’ SON Turns 25

Denis Johnson’s massively influential short story collection Jesus’ Son celebrates its 25th birthday this year. As an article in yesterday’s New York Times reported, authors and actors—Jenny Offill (Department of Speculation, While You Were Napping), Michael Cunningham (A Wild Swan and Other Tales, The Hours), Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Ecstatic) and Chuck Palahniuk […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Series Nonfiction

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Series Nonfiction

The April 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 235 new reviews and seven 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 […]

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S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

Every small town has a square peg, a person who is definitely of the place while simultaneously defying it. John McLemore, the main character of S-Town, the new podcast from Serial Productions, is a particularly outsized example, one that seems to embody many archetypes in one person. There’s a high-minded, well-educated world-weariness about him like Ashley Wilkes […]

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Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

A couple of years ago, a friend asked me if I was into some new podcast. Well, I’d listened to podcasts before, but I’d mostly encountered stream-of-consciousness-type chat podcasts that didn’t seem very compelling. This one was different, she said. “It’s called Serial, and it’s about a high school girl who got murdered years and years […]

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SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

Lynn: In schools these days, we talk about science in terms of the scientific method, theories, observation, and conclusions. Pedagogically, this is excellent, but it is important not to lose sight of something that both drives and excites kids: asking questions. Young biologist Brent Hughes did just that. His question? Why was the fertilizer-polluted Elkhorn Slough […]

Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s not often that I finish writing a nonfiction book and want to read more about the subject. But I’ve just sent off the completed manuscript of my book about Eleanor Roosevelt to my editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the former First Lady quite yet. […]

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