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Mockingbird and More: The Literary Class of 1960

Mockingbird and More: The Literary Class of 1960

So, Harper Lee’s having kind of a big week, right? But she only wrote two books. And, they’re probably not on the shelf right now. Why not remind readers of the other works with remarkable staying power that were published or produced that year ? What a time to promote the Wayback List!  (Mockingbird/Green Eggs and Ham mashup, anyone?) […]

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Shark-Safe: 18 Beach Reads for the Landlubber

Shark-Safe: 18 Beach Reads for the Landlubber

If your readers prefer their beachside adventure books more domestic than deadly, steer them away from Shark Week—full steam ahead to these relationship-focused reads. These are “drown your sorrows” stories of love, lost and found, not “drown in the ocean while trying to escape a man-eating shark that has a vendetta against you and your […]

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Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 July 6–10 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, July 6th A Lucky Life Interrupted, by Tom Brokaw Brokaw has […]

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August 2015 Library Reads on Audio!

August 2015 Library Reads on Audio!

Every time a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader along with links to Booklist reviews. (Click here to see the August 2015 LibraryReads.) For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we now also hunt down the producers of the audio versions and providing the ordering […]

August 2015 LibraryReads

August 2015 LibraryReads

August 2015 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten titles below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb (Favorite of Favorites) The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan A Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman Everybody Rise, by Stephanie Clifford The Fall of Princes, by Robert […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Narrative Nonfiction

All the Best Books Compilation: Narrative Nonfiction

There are three more categories to review as we look at the All the Best Books Compilation, a resource that compiles the results of 172 different authoritative awards and best-of-the-year selections to find the books from 2014 that were mentioned most often. A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the best books of the year […]

Beyond Bunheads: Ballet Books for Everyone

Beyond Bunheads: Ballet Books for Everyone

Last week, Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Copeland is the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the company’s 75-year history. (She became a viral superstar with last year’s inspiring Under Armour commercial.) You may soon find all copies of her 2014 autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, checked […]

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Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 June 22–26 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 22nd Big Top Burning, by Laura A. Woollett On July […]

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Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Welcome, Robot Overlords! 12 Books to Help You Prepare for the Coming Singularity

Robots have been trending in literature and film for a long time. But constant advances in technology give us more and more to think—and worry—about. The New York Times video series, Robotica, and the Atlantic article, “A World Without Work,” got me thinking: how is artificial intelligence affecting our lives? Robots already contribute to our labor […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

All the Best Books Compilation: Biographies and Memoirs

It’s time to highlight another category of the best books of 2014, as measured by the ABBC, which compiles all of the honors bestowed on books by 172 different authoritative sources. Today, we’ll count down the nine most frequently praised biographies and memoirs. Tied for eighth place is Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon. Roberts set out to […]