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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Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

The bright, Polynesian setting of Disney’s latest animated feature may have moviegoers eager to escape to sunny shores. Steer them to these books set in the beautiful Hawaii.  Aloha, Mr. Lucky, by Corson Hirschfield   Bird of Another Heaven, by James D. Houston The Curse of Lono, by Hunter S. Thompson The Descendants, by Kaui Hart […]

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13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

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Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on the NYT bestseller list for fifteen weeks. In talking about his Appalachian and Rust Belt youth, Vance—a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate—explores how the bottom rung of middle class always seemed out of reach for so many of his friends and family, how manufacturing jobs disappeared, marriages […]

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Sharing Soldiers’ Stories on Veterans Day

Sharing Soldiers’ Stories on Veterans Day

Today, we honor servicemen and -women for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Tales of battle have been handed down for centuries, and writers of fact and fiction continue to explore not only what soldiers take into battle, but also what follows them home. Some of the best […]

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Starting tonight, Wrigley Field will host the World Series for the first time in 71 years. As the Cubs take on the Indians, recommend these Windy City titles to readers who want to know what else makes this toddlin’ town tick. The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul […]

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10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

When Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, and Oprah are all raving about the same book, you know it’s going to be hot. So it’s no surprise that Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton is burning up the bestseller charts right now. And what’s not to love? The author describes her book as being “about shameless sex, God, […]

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Sideways through Time: 36 Novels about Time Travel

Released in September, James Gleick’s Time Travel tantalizes readers with the real possibility of time travel, as well as the way it has been imagined and attempted throughout history. Recommend these 36 titles to patrons who’d like to know what tripping through time might look like. 11/22/63, by Stephen King  1634: The Baltic War, by David Weber and Eric Flint The Beautiful […]

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot: 12 Titles To Tide Fans Over Until Next Season

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot: 12 Titles To Tide Fans Over Until Next Season

The second season of Mr. Robot ended last night with an episode that created more questions than it answered. The delirious show—a critical favorite and recent Emmy victor—has an ultra-engaged fan base, soon to emerge from behind their laptop screens with time and a conspiratorial void to fill. For their sakes, here are 12 smart, well-written titles, […]

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Ten Books for Readers Who Truly, Madly Love Liane Moriarity

Ten Books for Readers Who Truly, Madly Love Liane Moriarity

Fiction fans just can’t get enough of Liane Moriarty’s addictive domestic dramas. In her latest, Truly, Madly, Guilty, three families’ lives are changed forever by one moment of carelessness. Recommend these other emotionally charged tales of what happens when the bonds of family and friendship are tested.  Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner Don’t Try to […]

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14 Smart, Sweeping, and Sometimes Snarky Stories for fans of The Nix

14 Smart, Sweeping, and Sometimes Snarky Stories for fans of The Nix

Nathan Hill’s epic debut, The Nix, is one of this fall’s most talked-about novels. It follows Professor Samuel Anderson as he learns that his estranged mother has just been arrested for literally throwing stones at an ultra-conservative presidential candidate. Trying to discern his mother’s motivations leads Anderson to the latter half of the last century’s highest and lowest points, punctuated perfectly with […]

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