Archive for June, 2017

Reviews of the Week: June is Audiobook Month Special Edition (and new books from Naomi Klein and Jeremy McCarter)

Reviews of the Week: June is Audiobook Month Special Edition (and new books from Naomi Klein and Jeremy McCarter)

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 June 26 through 30 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, June 26  Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, read by the author Prepare to be […]

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Closing Out the Carnegies

Closing Out the Carnegies

Could this be our final post about the sixth-annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction? If so: what a long journey it’s been. Since September, when we announced the 2017 longlist, we’ve interviewed every author on the shortlist and made tiny chocolate versions of their books (thanks, Pinterest). We announced the winners back in January and, in our current […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Bed-Stuy Is Burning

In the book trailer for Brian Platzer’s debut Bed-Stuy Is Burning (Atria/Simon & Schuster), violence simmers at the edges of a neighborhood: a park bench, a sidewalk, and an artist’s studio provide a setting for anxieties and tensions unleashed. Platzer’s novel unfolds over the course of a single day in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, when emotions are running […]

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So Many Sequels, So Little Time

So Many Sequels, So Little Time

Lynn: Regular readers know I’m a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. I’m so excited because I recently received new volumes from several of my favorite series. I’ve been begging for them for ages, but suddenly I have a dilemma: I desperately want to reread the first volume in these series before I jump feet first […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Sherman Alexie Talks about YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME

This week on Well Read, award-winning prose writer, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his new memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. The book traces his life story from birth, through his escape from the reservation and its traumatic legacies, to his groundbreaking writing […]

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Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report, 2017

Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report, 2017

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers convened another well-attended Read ‘n’ Rave at this year’s ALA Annual Conference. Modeled after the popular Shout ‘n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 1: Is That a Book or a Bible?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 1: Is That a Book or a Bible?

  INTRODUCTION First thing’s first: I first read IT circa 1987. I was 12 years old, which might strike the uninitiated as a tad young to tackle King’s gruesome, relentless, complicated, and just plain unwieldy horror epic (the 1986 printing was 1,138 pages). Fans, of course, will know that it was the perfect time to […]

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Giveaway: THAT CRAZY PERFECT SOMEDAY

Giveaway: THAT CRAZY PERFECT SOMEDAY

We’re giving away a copy of That Crazy Perfect Someday, debut author Michael Mazza’s beach-bag must-have about a feminist surfer of the future. Check out Booklist’s starred review here. But wait, there’s more! Mazza, a well-known advertising executive, created several gorgeous surf posters to go along with his novel. In addition to a copy of the […]

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HarperCollins Celebrates 200 Years

HarperCollins Celebrates 200 Years

On Friday night in Chicago, as the exhibit floor at ALA Annual 2017 opened, hundreds of librarians commenced their yearly ritual, divesting vendors of books and promotional tote bags in a euphoric, more literate approximation of Supermarket Sweep. News traveled fast: HarperCollins had free champagne. Within seconds, the publisher’s booth was chockablock with librarians sipping from […]

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Sisterhood of the Barefoot Beach Reads

Sisterhood of the Barefoot Beach Reads

In her latest, The Identicals, queen of coastal women’s fiction Elin Hilderbrand focuses on twin sisters who learn about their other half when they pull a Parent Trap-style swap one summer. Readers who love books about the bonds (and bruises) of sisterhood will get great ideas of what to read next from Rebecca Vnuk’s “Core Collection: Sisters […]

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