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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 […]

Reviews of the Week: with Sarah Dessen, Jane Green, Renée Ahdieh, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Sarah Dessen, Jane Green, Renée Ahdieh, 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 3 through 7 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 3 Once and for All, by Sarah Dessen For Louna, weddings are a science: […]

After S-TOWN: 10 More Eccentric Characters

After S-TOWN: 10 More Eccentric Characters

Admit it. You binge-listened the S-Town podcast and now you don’t know what to do with yourself. Who would blame you? You could—and should—read our weekly analyses here on The Booklist Reader, and in-between, you can read these titles, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, and acquaint yourselves with other yarn-spinners, outcasts, fanatics, fools, and chimerical characters.   A […]

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Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, 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 March 27 through 31 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, March 27  House of Names, by Colin Tóibín “Now it is your duty as the son of […]

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
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Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 when they lost a legal battle against activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle […]