Book Lists

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 […]

Epistolary Novels, Postcard-style

Epistolary Novels, Postcard-style

The main character in Alice Hoffman’s novel Faithful, out next month, receives encouraging postcards that help her through some seriously dark times. This got me searching for other instances of postcards-as-plot-devices in fiction. Postcards are great. On one side, you have a pleasing photograph, pint-sized fine art print, or splashy vacation scene—and that’s just the […]

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Actress Samantha Futerman’s documentary, “Twinsters” (available on Netflix), explores the strange, uniquely 21st century turn of events that leads Futerman to discover she has a twin. Twins often inspire stories of the mysterious, the slightly creepy, and the otherworldly connections twins may share—and these books won’t disappoint. Chang and Eng, by Darin Strauss This novel reimagines the lives of the world’s […]

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot: 12 Titles To Tide Fans Over Until Next Season

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot: 12 Titles To Tide Fans Over Until Next Season

The second season of Mr. Robot ended last night with an episode that created more questions than it answered. The delirious show—a critical favorite and recent Emmy victor—has an ultra-engaged fan base, soon to emerge from behind their laptop screens with time and a conspiratorial void to fill. For their sakes, here are 12 smart, well-written titles, […]

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2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

The longlist for the fifth Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced! Check it out to see which titles are under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults. The 2017 Carnegie Medal shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, October 26, and the […]

Ten Books for Readers Who Truly, Madly Love Liane Moriarity

Ten Books for Readers Who Truly, Madly Love Liane Moriarity

Fiction fans just can’t get enough of Liane Moriarty’s addictive domestic dramas. In her latest, Truly, Madly, Guilty, three families’ lives are changed forever by one moment of carelessness. Recommend these other emotionally charged tales of what happens when the bonds of family and friendship are tested.  Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner Don’t Try to […]

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October 2016 LibraryReads

October 2016 LibraryReads

October 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten October titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. (And look for the Booklist review of The Mothers in our September 15 issue.) Any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. News of the World, by […]

Hey Ladies: Lesbian Romance

Hey Ladies: Lesbian Romance

Like straight romances, lesbian romance novels feature many different subgenres and levels of sexiness. They also contain many of the same tropes. But in these books, girl meets girl, girl loses girl, and girls get back together to live happily ever after. The Gravity Between Us, by Kristin Zimmer Rising Hollywood starlet Kendall Bettencourt and college student Payton […]

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Science vs. Romance: Stories of Robot Love

Science vs. Romance: Stories of Robot Love

Facts versus romance You go and call yourself the boss But we’re not robots inside a grid Text versus romance You go and add it all you want Still we’re not robots inside a grid Zeros and ones —”Science vs. Romance,” by Rilo Kiley But what if you are a robot? Are you not capable of love, […]

Witty Heroines, Steamy Romance Novels

Witty Heroines, Steamy Romance Novels

Today’s leading authors of historical romance know that readers crave witty repartee as much as they once craved rakes and scoundrels. In an era when ladies of genteel breeding had little authority, they found their wit was one power they could leverage—and leverage it they did. To follow are some of our favorite witty heroines. [WARNING: verbal sparring […]

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