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Oops! Books about Bouncing Back from Blunders

Oops! Books about Bouncing Back from Blunders

So the good news, Steve Harvey, is that you’re in good company. The bad news? It’s because you announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant. But look, everybody makes mistakes—what matters is how you bounce back. Maybe it’s time to write a sequel to your book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: […]

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Reviews of the Week: Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Pennypacker, Ian Rankin, and More
By December 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Pennypacker, Ian Rankin, 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 December 14–18 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday December 14 The Man without a Shadow, […]

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Booklist’s Best Books of 2015
By December 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Booklist’s Best Books of 2015

Here it is, at long last, Bookist‘s “best of” lists for 2015—Editors’ Choice and Top of the List. Every year, Booklist editors sit back, relax, and reminisce about the best things they’ve read and reviewed the past year—that’s not entirely true, there’s always another issue right around the corner, so there isn’t too much time […]

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Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

It’s not unusual these days for a YA novel to cross over and become a must-read title for adults. Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winner, Challenger Deep (2015), stands out because the otherwordly adventure it describes isn’t a dystopian adrenaline-fest—it’s the story a schizophrenic teen begins to live inside. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: “1 in 5 adults […]

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Four Series to Read if You Like Jessica Jones
By December 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Four Series to Read if You Like Jessica Jones

When Marvel and Netflix announced that their next television series was going to be about Jessica Jones, even comic-book fans were left scratching their heads and asking “Who?” Jones is a character created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos for the series Alias. Her role is different from the Marvel heroes running […]

January 2016 LibraryReads
By December 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

January 2016 LibraryReads

The first LibraryReads of 2016 are here! Check out the 10 titles publishing in January below, linked to Booklist reviews—several of them starred—where available.   My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout (Favorite of Favorites)   The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin Ashley Bell, by Dean Koontz American Housewife, by […]

Reviews of the Week: Terry Pratchett, Mo Willems, Augusten Burroughs, and More
By December 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Terry Pratchett, Mo Willems, Augusten Burroughs, 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 December 7–11 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday December 7 The Shepherd’s Crown, by Terry […]

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Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions
By December 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions

For weeks, it’s been hard to turn on the TV without seeing a trailer for Ron Howard’s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea, which opens tomorrow. But what is it really about? Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (2000), the film tells the tale of […]

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle
By December 7, 2015 6 Comments Read More →

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle

The alternate-history TV series The Man in the High Castle, loosely based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, has become Amazon’s most-watched original series. The premise here is that the Axis powers won WWII and the U.S. has been split into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Pacific States. People live in […]

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The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving
By December 4, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving

If there’s one thing we know about holiday gift-giving, it’s that one size never fits all. Even those white cotton tube socks your Uncle Buzz gave you each year—in the hope that you’d spend less time composing poetry and more time trying out for the basketball team—always fit funny, their lack of a fitted heel strangely symbolic of how […]