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Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers
By October 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]

Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics
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Canon Fodder: Ten Novels That Blow Up the Classics

In the world of popular intellectual property, nothing is left to waste. Whether it’s new stories in the same universe (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) or the continuation of a dead author’s series (Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins), characters and settings are often cannibalized for a commercial motive. Then there are authors who […]

10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

10 Great Reads for Wannabe Love Warriors

When Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, and Oprah are all raving about the same book, you know it’s going to be hot. So it’s no surprise that Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton is burning up the bestseller charts right now. And what’s not to love? The author describes her book as being “about shameless sex, God, […]

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November 2016 LibraryReads
By October 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

November 2016 LibraryReads

The November 2016 LibraryReads have been announced! Check out the ten November titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. Faithful, by Alice Hoffman (Favorite of Favorites) The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen I’ll […]

Sideways through Time: 36 Novels about Time Travel

Released in September, James Gleick’s Time Travel tantalizes readers with the real possibility of time travel, as well as the way it has been imagined and attempted throughout history. Recommend these 36 titles to patrons who’d like to know what tripping through time might look like. 11/22/63, by Stephen King  1634: The Baltic War, by David Weber and Eric Flint The Beautiful […]

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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 […]