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Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Precocious amateur PI, Flavia de Luce, returns in the seventh installment of Alan Bradley’s best-selling mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Now a mature twelve-year-old, Flavia is sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Naturally, trouble follows. From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, boarding schools are great backdrops for exploring independence, self-discovery, […]

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Web Crush: Genrify

Web Crush: Genrify

Genrify is a useful blog that celebrates great literary mash-ups that may have tricky genre labels, and helps readers and librarians find more of the same. The blog features reviews, feature blends (with great booklists), microgenres, and more. But one of the best things about this blog is a tool called “The Blender.” Their website […]

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Curl up with Cold Cases

Curl up with Cold Cases

Now, this list could be a pun because of the weather. Or, and in fact, it could be books that, like Michael Connelly’s current bestseller The Burning Room, feature long-unsolved cases at their core. Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson Cross, by James Patterson A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg […]

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It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

The film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, came out on DVD just in time for the holidays. Readers needing to know that their familial spats could be worse will find comfort in these tales of delightful domestic drama. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke […]

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Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Current event aficionados are likely to show a renewed interest in the Caribbean nation. Make them happy—give them books! Cuba Libre, by Elmore Leonard Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia Explosion in a […]

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Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore’s Coyote Blue (1994) may be best described as Tom Robbins meets American Gods (2001). The coyote trickster, a reoccurring figure in Native American folklore, appears to insurance salesman Sam Hunter as a handsome Native American who keeps cajoling poor Sam into making some very bad decisions. Is this payback for the act that turned teenage […]

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Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Traditions stick around because they work. So here’s my annual plug for Largehearted Boy’s monstrously comprehensive list of this year’s “best of” lists. Want to know what anyone who has ever had an opinion about anything thought about what was published last year? Check out Largehearted Boy’s Online “Best of 2014″ Lists. A great source of […]

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The Peter Temple Project: Shooting Star
By December 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Peter Temple Project: Shooting Star

Peter Temple’s novels are the literary equivalent of potato chips: you can’t stop with just one. After that, however, the analogy breaks down completely, because not only are Temple’s books much more nutritious than potato chips (and I mean that metaphorically; please don’t chew the pages), they are also not nearly as numerous. If you were to receive […]

Cyber Monday? We’d Rather Be Browsing in a Bookshop

Cyber Monday? We’d Rather Be Browsing in a Bookshop

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a less observed but equally deserving retail holiday of note: Small Business Saturday. If I had to guess, I’d say our readers were much more likely to be browsing bookstores for gifts than lining up in cold parking lots for a chance at a doorbuster big-screen TV. For […]

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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack
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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

I’ve been anticipating the reprint of British author Barbara Trapido’s 1982 debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, for some time now—and it’s finally here! I’ve read pretty much everything that Barbara Trapido has written and have written about her here before. I have found no one else to match Trapido’s wit, style, and uncanny ear […]

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