Book Lists

Reviews of the Week: Carl Hiaasen, Jon Klassen, Juliet Nicolson, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Carl Hiaasen, Jon Klassen, Juliet Nicolson, and More!

Monday, June 27 House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, a British literary figure and a renowned gardener remembered best for her affair with Virginia Woolf. But Vita is simply one of the several remarkable women among Nicolson’s forebears whom she portrays with her sensitive writerly skills and fortunate […]

So Many Americas!

So Many Americas!

In honor of Independence Day, here’s a slideshow of dozens upon dozens of books that name-check America, with commentary when needed.

What She Knows: 5 Great Investigative Narratives Written by Women

What She Knows: 5 Great Investigative Narratives Written by Women

In The New Republic yesterday, journalist Suki Kim wrote a powerful essay about the reception of her last book, Without You, There Is No Us. Just before the book was to be published, Kim discovered that her editor had decided to label it as a memoir, since calling it a work of journalism “would limit its potential readership.” Kim objected to […]

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Children of Exile by Margaret Haddix Brown Rosi, 12, has lived all her life in sheltered Fredtown, a community of adults who took in refugee children to raise them in a safe environment. Her adoptive parents have lovingly raised Rosi and her little brother, Bobo, but always made it clear that one day they—and all the […]

Writers Speak Out on School Shootings

Writers Speak Out on School Shootings

House Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor on Wednesday to demand that the Republican majority hold a vote on a gun-control measure before the long Independence Day recess. #NoBillNoBreak is the latest in an increasingly contentious public dialogue about gun violence in America. For nearly two decades, some of our strongest writers have been exploring the […]

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Celebrate Pride With Essential LGBTQIA Books for Youth

Celebrate Pride With Essential LGBTQIA Books for Youth

In honor of Pride season, we’ve compiled fourteen essential LGBTQIA books for youth published in the past five years. These novels, memoirs, and nonfiction titles each received a Booklist starred review (excerpted and linked to below). Happy Pride, and happy reading! Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, by Jazz Jennings A well-written, informative, and acessible memoir […]

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]

The Prison Reader: What to Read When You’re Done Bingeing OITNB

The Prison Reader: What to Read When You’re Done Bingeing OITNB

Season Four of Orange is the New Black premieres tonight! Last year, Buzzfeed published a comprehensive list of every book the Litchfield crew mentioned in Season Three. A show with such obviously well-read writers has to have bookworm fans, so we found a bunch of titles to tackle after you’re done binge-watching. Here are my suggestions: The Exception, […]

Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir,  Colson Whitehead, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir, Colson Whitehead, and more!

   Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney Russell and Corrine Calloway, the couple who anchored McInerney’s Brightness Falls (1992), are seemingly thriving. Corrine’s passionate post-9/11 affair, chronicled in The Good Life (2006), is over, and they navigate Manhattan’s fevered social whirl as if they’re born to it—when, in truth, they can barely afford it.   […]

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A Charles Manson Reader

A Charles Manson Reader

It’s a banner week for Charles Manson. Yesterday, Random House released Emma Cline’s genius debut The Girls, a phenomenal and phenomenally creepy novel about a teenager who gets caught up with a group of dirty hippies bearing more than a passing resemblance the Manson Family. Tomorrow, Dateline will air an hour-long Manson special. (The timing is coincidental, as it happens—I […]