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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
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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 […]

Vampires Rising

Vampires Rising

The Vampire Lestat is back, people. It’s been nearly 40 years since Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire burned up the bestseller charts. Ten years later she let Lestat de Lioncourt tell his own story in The Vampire Lestat.  In Prince Lestat  she adds to the legend of the neck-licking Lestat. With bloodsuckers back on the bestseller list, […]

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More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

Smart Girl champion Amy Poehler’s candid, funny memoir Yes, Please came out to rave reviews this week. Use the buzz to talk up some other funny ladies making the switch from screen to stacks. Bossypants, by Tina Fey Girl Walks into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch Happy Accidents, […]

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Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction
By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

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Falling for Paris

Falling for Paris

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. To which I might add: It’s been seventy-five years since we first read of Madeline’s adventures before going to bed. We might associate the City of Light with springtime, but there’s no bad time to visit […]

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November 2014 LibraryReads
By October 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

November 2014 LibraryReads

We’re nearing mid-month, which means next month’s LibraryReads are here! These are the ten books publishing in November that participating librarians voted their favorites, with Us, by David Nicholls, earning most fans. Check out all ten titles below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Find our take on a few more, like Mortal Heart and Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, in forthcoming […]

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We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

I just finished reading the wonderful The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a multi-voiced, literary gem—think The Tortilla Curtain (1995) meets Light in the Piazza (with a whisper of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007). It reminded me of some of the other great American immigrant fiction of the past few decades. […]

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Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

With all the talk of Ebola in the news, you might find that your copy of The Hot Zone (1994) is currently checked out. But never fear, there are a plethora of riveting and entirely “readable” medical books waiting to scare inform patrons about something else! And I’ll bet people have no idea what is waiting […]

Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles
By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles

It’s hard to gauge the effect of a single-letter book title on potential readers. Excitement, perhaps, because of the author’s boldness? Curiosity, maybe, because of the title’s minimalism? The imminent publication of Howard Jacobson’s J (yesterday’s Review of the Day on Booklist Online) had me wondering whether I could assemble an abecedary of the world’s briefest […]