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13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

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Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on the NYT bestseller list for fifteen weeks. In talking about his Appalachian and Rust Belt youth, Vance—a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate—explores how the bottom rung of middle class always seemed out of reach for so many of his friends and family, how manufacturing jobs disappeared, marriages […]

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They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World

They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World

If the acquiring editors have it right, Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who played “the most interesting man in the world” in the Dos Equis beer commercials, doesn’t just play an interesting man on TV: he’s pretty interesting in real life, too. Earlier this week, Galleycat shared news that the character actor has signed with Dutton to […]

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Starting tonight, Wrigley Field will host the World Series for the first time in 71 years. As the Cubs take on the Indians, recommend these Windy City titles to readers who want to know what else makes this toddlin’ town tick. The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul […]

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Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]

Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics

Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics

In the world of popular intellectual property, nothing is left to waste. Whether it’s new stories in the same universe (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) or the continuation of a dead author’s series (Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins), characters and settings are often cannibalized for a commercial motive. Then there are authors who […]

10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

When Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, and Oprah are all raving about the same book, you know it’s going to be hot. So it’s no surprise that Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton is burning up the bestseller charts right now. And what’s not to love? The author describes her book as being “about shameless sex, God, […]

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November 2016 LibraryReads

November 2016 LibraryReads

The November 2016 LibraryReads have been announced! Check out the ten November titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. Faithful, by Alice Hoffman (Favorite of Favorites) The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen I’ll […]

Sideways through Time: 36 Novels about Time Travel

Released in September, James Gleick’s Time Travel tantalizes readers with the real possibility of time travel, as well as the way it has been imagined and attempted throughout history. Recommend these 36 titles to patrons who’d like to know what tripping through time might look like. 11/22/63, by Stephen King  1634: The Baltic War, by David Weber and Eric Flint The Beautiful […]

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A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

Are you watching the sixth season of American Horror Story? Did you hear about the theory that claims each of its first five episodes calls back to the corresponding season of AHS? I think it seems pretty plausible, considering Ryan Murphy has long claimed that, at some point, the show will converge on itself. Perhaps that point is Roanoke! Even if that […]