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Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Monday, July 25 Every Hidden Thing, by Kenneth Oppel In the late nineteenth century, Rachel Cartland and Samuel Bolt meet right before their paleontologist fathers get into a fistfight over a newly discovered dinosaur fossil. Locked in a vicious battle of one-upmanship, the professors, along with Rachel and Samuel, separately follow the same lead to […]

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2016 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s that time again: Adventure Time Man Booker Prize time! According to the venerable organization’s press release: The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia […]

BoJack’s Back! 20+ Books by TV Stars

BoJack’s Back! 20+ Books by TV Stars

“BoJack Horseman”—everyone’s favorite cartoon about a wealthy, depressive horse—has returned to Netflix for a third season. As any fan will tell you, the show centers on the trials and tribulations of the erstwhile star of “Horsin’ Around,” a 90’s sitcom about a groovy single horse who adopts two adorable orphans. The show follows BoJack as he revives his […]

20 Works of Artful Imitation

20 Works of Artful Imitation

As the country obsesses over the source material of the speech Melina Trump delivered at the Republican National Convention, we readers can distract ourselves with works from contemporary authors who’ve paid homage to books past. To follow is a list of titles in which imitation isn’t only flattery—it’s art.   The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (The Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur […]

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Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]

Reviews of the Week: Shaun Tan, Robert Olen Butler, Laurie Halse Anderson and More!

Reviews of the Week: Shaun Tan, Robert Olen Butler, Laurie Halse Anderson and More!

Monday, July 11 The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan Acclaimed author, artist, and illustrator Shaun Tan is no stranger to things wondrous and strange, so it seems only natural that his latest book taps the world of Grimms’ Fairy Tales for inspiration. Seventy-five are included here, ranging from well-known favorites to the downright obscure.   […]

August 2016 LibraryReads

August 2016 LibraryReads

August 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten August titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available (and look for the rest to be reviewed in our next issue). Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here. […]

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

A few months ago, I reviewed The California Wife and, immediately after that, Absalom’s Daughters. Reading these two in a row—and seeing others like them appear on my desk day after day—made me wonder why this type of title was so popular. Curious, I scoured our archives for books with “wife” or “daughter” in the title. When […]

Reviews of the Week: Tim Federle, Richard Peck, Jodi Picoult and More!

Reviews of the Week: Tim Federle, Richard Peck, Jodi Picoult and More!

Tuesday, July 5 The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher, by Alice and Michael J. Arlen For Alicia Patterson, a daughter of wealth and privilege born in 1906 to a Chicago newspaper-publishing dynasty, life should have been about attending the best schools, having the best marriage, and producing […]

35 Sweltering Tales of Summer Romance

35 Sweltering Tales of Summer Romance

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a romance at the beach—but if you can’t get there, these books will bring the beach to you. Can’t you just feel the ocean breeze in your hair, the sound of the waves and the seagulls, the warmth of the sun on your face, and the smell of sunscreen […]