Author Archive: Karen Kleckner Keefe

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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Ten More Suspense-Drenched Tales for Fans of INTO THE WATER

Ten More Suspense-Drenched Tales for Fans of INTO THE WATER

Following the success of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ second novel, Into the Water, was an instant bestseller. Fans can’t get enough of Hawkins’ twisty, secretive suspense. Fortunately, you can tide them over until her third book with these dark domestic thrillers, linked to their Booklist reviews, where things—and by that, I mean people—are not always […]

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Fire Read with Me: Twisty Titles for TWIN PEAKS Fans

Fire Read with Me: Twisty Titles for TWIN PEAKS Fans

  Whether its appeal is supernatural or surreal—or both—Twin Peaks captured the imagination of an entire generation of television viewers. Showtime’s new limited-event series picks up 25 years after the original left off. These novels share some of the absurd and arresting qualities that made David Lynch’s mesmerizing show so delightfully off-kilter.   American Gods, by […]

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10 Mysteries with Women in the Lead

10 Mysteries with Women in the Lead

In these gripping tales of detectives, deception, and domestic life, women are much more than damsels in distress. These fictional females—each created by a male author—are out for justice and won’t let glass ceilings or thick heads get in their way.    Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson  Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon  Celine, […]

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More Gods and Legends for Neil Gaiman Fans

More Gods and Legends for Neil Gaiman Fans

Between his newest bestseller Norse Mythology and the recent premier of the American Gods TV series on STARZ, fans of Neil Gaiman are having a field day. Help his devoted readers keep their love for epic lore alive by recommending these other mythical tales.    Achilles, by Elizabeth Cook An Arrow’s Flight, by Mark Merlis The Centaur, by […]

A Reader Walks into a Bar: 12 Books about the Perfect Pour

A Reader Walks into a Bar: 12 Books about the Perfect Pour

Book buyers love Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled  Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. Nine-to-fivers can live (and drink) vicariously through the 18 months this former Huffington Post editor spent preparing for the Certified Court of Master Sommelier exam. Oenophiles aren’t the only ones willing […]

After S-TOWN: 10 More Eccentric Characters

After S-TOWN: 10 More Eccentric Characters

Admit it. You binge-listened the S-Town podcast and now you don’t know what to do with yourself. Who would blame you? You could—and should—read our weekly analyses here on The Booklist Reader, and in-between, you can read these titles, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, and acquaint yourselves with other yarn-spinners, outcasts, fanatics, fools, and chimerical characters.   A […]

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Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books?    Catherine the Great, by […]

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Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank […]

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

This year’s pool of Oscar nominees is notably diverse. “In a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when the academy put forward all-white rosters of acting nominees, voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever,” the Times reports, including six films and a record number of black actors and filmmakers. Two of the Best Picture-nominees in […]

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30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

ESPN’s award-winning series 30 for 30 is a runaway hit with viewers of all ages and interests. These short documentary films are compelling, sympathetic, and compulsively bingeable. (Thanks, Netflix!) Whether it’s live events like this weekend’s Superbowl or reports of games from years ago, that passionate quest to achieve a goal is the essence of great […]