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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 […]

Now More Than Ever: We Need Diverse Audiobooks

Now More Than Ever: We Need Diverse Audiobooks

Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Sharing multicultural audiobooks honors the mission of the We Need Diverse Books movement, committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy—and, ultimately, equality. Through careful attention to authentic accents and atmospheric […]

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July LibraryReads on Audio!

July LibraryReads on Audio!

Listen up—the July LibraryReads list has the soon-to-be-published top ten books that librarians across the country love. I’ve searched out the audio editions for you to add to your personal listening list or library order, with details below. We’ve not yet reviewed these audio titles, but you can click here to see the July 2016 […]

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I’m Not Done Crying Yet: 10 Heartbreaking Tales to Try after “Me Before You”

I’m Not Done Crying Yet: 10 Heartbreaking Tales to Try after “Me Before You”

Moviegoers are swooning over the film adaptation of Jo Jo Moyes’ best-selling novel Me Before You (2012), in which a paralyzed London playboy and his caregiver fall in love and then things get, um, really, really sad. So sad, you want to crawl under the covers and feed your sadness until you collapse into a pile of tissues […]

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Monday June 6 If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas In a goofy bobblehead of Nathan Hale, created by waggish Yale alums, Metaxas discerns a disturbing symptom of a cultural disease afflicting America. Evident in the myriad ways that many Americans now ignore or deprecate all that is noble and inspiring in their country’s history, […]

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July 2016 LibraryReads

July 2016 LibraryReads

July 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten July titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available (and look for the rest to be reviewed in our next issue). Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here.   […]

10 Great Books about the Greatest

10 Great Books about the Greatest

Muhammad Ali inspired book after book of every kind—including Neil Liefer and Thomas Hauser’s epic Muhammad Ali, Memories, which landed him on the cover of Booklist in 1993. Here, we’ve turned to the archives to bring you 10 great titles about the Greatest for adults and young readers. The original Booklist reviews are excerpted—and linked—below. For Adults Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship […]

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

With ALA’s annual convention kicking off just a couple of weeks from now in Orlando, Florida, my mind turns not to eager anticipation of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the Florida I know and love from the pages of crime fiction. Yes, I’ve visited the state […]

Reviews of the Week: Gregg Hurwitz, Jennifer L. Holm, Dave Eggers, and More

Reviews of the Week: Gregg Hurwitz, Jennifer L. Holm, Dave Eggers, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 31–June 3 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Tuesday May 31 Orphan X, by Gregg […]

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Sunscreen Ho! Booklisters’ Summer Reading Recommendations

Sunscreen Ho! Booklisters’ Summer Reading Recommendations

Spies! Firemen! Assassins! Virginia Woolf! See what paperbacks we here at Booklist are sure you won’t regret stuffing in your picnic basket. Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen Can’t get to England this summer? (1930s England, that is.) The next best thing is reading Her Royal Spyness, a mystery by Rhys Bowen. Lady Georgina is 34th on line […]