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Passport to Romance

Passport to Romance

An intimate dinner for two at an off-the-beaten path Tuscan ristorante. A moonlight stroll along the Left Bank of the Seine. Watching the sun come up over the savanna. Letting the gentle breeze caress your cheek while standing on a warm beach in the Caribbean. It all sounds wonderfully romantic, doesn’t it? That is, until […]

Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books?    Catherine the Great, by […]

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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die
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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank […]

UNCLE VANYA Readalikes
By March 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

UNCLE VANYA Readalikes

In Uncle Vanya—one of Anton Chekhov’s four masterpiece plays—an aging professor, Serebryakov, and his young, beautiful wife, Yelena, reside in their country estate, which is run by the Serebryakov’s daughter, Sonya, and his first wife’s brother, Vanya. A doctor, Astrov, visits the family, and although Sonya longs for him, he—like Vanya—pines for Yelena. As the whole clan […]

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

This year’s pool of Oscar nominees is notably diverse. “In a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when the academy put forward all-white rosters of acting nominees, voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever,” the Times reports, including six films and a record number of black actors and filmmakers. Two of the Best Picture-nominees in […]

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30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

ESPN’s award-winning series 30 for 30 is a runaway hit with viewers of all ages and interests. These short documentary films are compelling, sympathetic, and compulsively bingeable. (Thanks, Netflix!) Whether it’s live events like this weekend’s Superbowl or reports of games from years ago, that passionate quest to achieve a goal is the essence of great […]

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Sniffles and Snouts: 25 Books for Fans of “A Dog’s Purpose”

Between the feel-good, viral sensation of “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” and the film adaptation of the bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, be prepared for a run on your books about furry friends and the feels. Here are 25! The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein  A Big Little Life: A Memoir of […]

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Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Lynn: The youngest members of our focus group members (pictured below) are now six and three. Like the other three boys in the group, they have strong opinions! Here are their 2016 favorites of the many we’ve read together this year. I added three more titles at the end that are personal favorites of mine. 1 […]

LibraryReads February 2017

LibraryReads February 2017

LibraryReads has just announced its February 2017 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. FAVORITE OF FAVORITES  I See You, by Clare Mackintosh TOP 10 All Our […]