Book Lists

Pride, Sense, and Persuasion in Mansfield Abbey: 10 Contemporary Novels for Fans of Jane Austen

Pride, Sense, and Persuasion in Mansfield Abbey: 10 Contemporary Novels for Fans of Jane Austen

Two hundred years after the author’s death (on July 18, 1817), Jane Austen remains one of the most revered writers in the English language. Beyond the many updated versions of her now-classic plots, contemporary authors continue to explore her themes of love, loyalty, social class, and self-deception. From the wild west and high seas to India […]

Sisterhood of the Barefoot Beach Reads

Sisterhood of the Barefoot Beach Reads

In her latest, The Identicals, queen of coastal women’s fiction Elin Hilderbrand focuses on twin sisters who learn about their other half when they pull a Parent Trap-style swap one summer. Readers who love books about the bonds (and bruises) of sisterhood will get great ideas of what to read next from Rebecca Vnuk’s “Core Collection: Sisters […]

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Ten More Suspense-Drenched Tales for Fans of INTO THE WATER

Ten More Suspense-Drenched Tales for Fans of INTO THE WATER

Following the success of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ second novel, Into the Water, was an instant bestseller. Fans can’t get enough of Hawkins’ twisty, secretive suspense. Fortunately, you can tide them over until her third book with these dark domestic thrillers, linked to their Booklist reviews, where things—and by that, I mean people—are not always […]

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Fire Read with Me: Twisty Titles for TWIN PEAKS Fans

Fire Read with Me: Twisty Titles for TWIN PEAKS Fans

  Whether its appeal is supernatural or surreal—or both—Twin Peaks captured the imagination of an entire generation of television viewers. Showtime’s new limited-event series picks up 25 years after the original left off. These novels share some of the absurd and arresting qualities that made David Lynch’s mesmerizing show so delightfully off-kilter.   American Gods, by […]

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10 Mysteries with Women in the Lead

10 Mysteries with Women in the Lead

In these gripping tales of detectives, deception, and domestic life, women are much more than damsels in distress. These fictional females—each created by a male author—are out for justice and won’t let glass ceilings or thick heads get in their way.    Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson  Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon  Celine, […]

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That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

Growing up, I leapt from children’s books directly to adult novels, and found Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters to be marvelous company. I must admit that I was, and remain, more of a Poirot girl than Miss Marple devotee, but I’d happily lose myself in Christie’s novels whoever the detective happened to be. It is […]

Reviews of the Week: with Amelia Gray, S. D. Nelson, Gillian French, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Amelia Gray, S. D. Nelson, Gillian French, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 24 through 28 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 24 Pottymouth and Stoopid, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein The latest Middle School tale […]

Reviews of the Week: with Mary Gordon, Philip Pullman, Shannon Hale, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Mary Gordon, Philip Pullman, Shannon Hale, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 17 through 21 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 17  There Your Heart Lies, by Mary Gordon Gordon performs another astute and powerful variation […]

A Reader Walks into a Bar: 12 Books about the Perfect Pour

A Reader Walks into a Bar: 12 Books about the Perfect Pour

Book buyers love Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled  Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. Nine-to-fivers can live (and drink) vicariously through the 18 months this former Huffington Post editor spent preparing for the Certified Court of Master Sommelier exam. Oenophiles aren’t the only ones willing […]

Reviews of the Week: with A. J. Hartley, Sara Paretsky, Sheryl Sandberg, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with A. J. Hartley, Sara Paretsky, Sheryl Sandberg, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 10 through 14 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 10 The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, by David McCullough Very […]