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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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By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Going Dark in a Season of Light: Christmas Noir

Over on Booklist Online, Bill Ott takes a nontraditional approach to both the “Great Reads” feature and the idea of holiday entertainment. Yes, he has his own Christmas traditions (eating Steak Diane, drinking Santa’s scotch) and always appreciates a chance to watch Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn. But, Bill writes: On the other hand, there is something […]

Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs
By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs

What is it about certain historical figures or eras that draw so much of our attention as readers? If one were to take a shelf of typical historical fiction and remove the books about the Tudors, it would probably shrink by half. Remove the books about Hitler, Victoria, Napoleon, the French revolution, and the American […]

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Great Gifts! What Booklisters Are Giving This Season
By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Great Gifts! What Booklisters Are Giving This Season

All year long, Booklisters are busy reading, reviewing, and recommending books for purchase by libraries. We take our own advice, too—especially when the holidays come around. So which books are we buying, and to whom are we giving them? I put this question to my colleagues (and myself) and received a wildly diverse array of answers. […]

January 2015 LibraryReads
By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

January 2015 LibraryReads

The first LibraryReads of 2015 have arrived! Check out the top ten titles for January, chosen by participating librarians, below. Titles are linked to Booklist reviews where available. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, by Alan Bradley (Favorite of Favorites) (Booklist review available in January!) […]

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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This Is Dedicated To: You, Maybe
By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

This Is Dedicated To: You, Maybe

For over four years as an adult books editorial assistant at Booklist, I checked in books. How many books? Although our publishing system would probably allow me to find the number easily, I’d rather not know. Let’s just say they could literally be measured in tons. I generally enjoyed this activity though, because the excitement of […]

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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Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried. Though this century is young, […]

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You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality
By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

I noticed something as I was preparing the Spotlight on Religion & Spirituality for the November 15, 2014 issue of Booklist. Just as we need more diverse books, we need more books about religion and spirituality as well. There have been some great ones over the years. I think my favorite remains The War of […]