Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: Happily Ali After

In the trailer for Ali Wentworth‘s second memoir, Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales (Harper), the author dishes out advice alongside tea and tiny cakes to an engaged audience—of three-year olds. Among her gems: “Menopause is so . . . horrible,” and “We don’t eat for love, right?” We can usually count on some […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Princess and the Pony

The fat, cross-eyed Pony that Princess Pinecone, the smallest warrior, received after she requested a steed to carry her into battle was not at all what she imagined—”But it was CA-YEWWW-IT!” In her starred review of The Princess and the Pony, Sarah Hunter assures readers that Beaton employs her unique style to achieve “maximum cuteness.” […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Thank You, Goodnight

In one of the more committed-to-the-form book trailers I’ve seen in a long time, protagonist Tommy Tremble of Adam Abramowitz’s Thank You, Goodnight (2015) is interviewed on a Wayne’s World–style TV show. (And the commitment doesn’t end there—Tommy’s fictional band has a real website!) Booklist editor-at-large Joanne Wilkinson calls this book a “very funny, deftly […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

The author-reads-to-a-group-of-kids trailer isn’t novel. B.J. Novak’s pictureless picture book trailer comes to mind, for starters. This trailer, however, for Jimmy Fallon’s picture book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada (Feiwel & Friends) out this month, does contain one surprise element. If you can spare 46 seconds to watch it, you’ll know what I’m talking […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Modern Romance

This week, Aziz Ansari takes us back to a simpler time, when finding a date was as easy as popping in your latest shipped copy of Video Mate™.  Say what? First of all, despite what the name might conjure up, Video Mate™  is actually SFW. Second of all, I have no idea how this worked […]

Mystery Trailer Thursday: Pretty Baby

Mary Kubica’s second domestic thriller, Pretty Baby (Harlequin MIRA), features a Chicago setting, shifts in plot and perspective, and an ending that’s a genuine surprise. (We shared the trailer for Kubica’s debut during last year’s Mystery Month.)

Mystery Trailer Thursday: Pirate Hunters

Today’s Mystery Trailer Thursday is brought to you by a thriller from real-life: the search for the sunken seventeenth-century pirate ship Golden Fleece. A LibraryReads title for June, Robert Kurson’s Pirate Hunters (Random House) relays the excitement of the search for the golden-age ship and for information about its enigmatic captain, Joseph Bannister. Kurson thrillingly details “the highs and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Memory Painter

The book trailer for Gwendolyn Womack’s just-released thriller, The Memory Painter, will haunt you. (At the very least, the music will!) As Booklist reviewer Christine Tran notes, the hidden messages in art, romance, historical flashbacks, and mysterious connections between individuals decades apart will appeal to fans of The Da Vinci Code and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.     […]

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Mystery Trailer Thursday: Cat Out of Hell

Did that cat just say “lamestream media?” You bet he did. This trailer for Lynne Truss’ Cat Out of Hell (Melville House) takes us to Meow Parlour, (which, in a different crime novel, might be a whole other sort of place) to meet the Cats’ Rights Activists who are upset by the author’s portrayal of […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Girl in Dior

In about the most elegant graphic novel—or any book—trailer you’ll ever see, Annie Goetzinger discusses her process in creating Girl in Dior (NBM), her evolution as an artist, and how she illustrated the well-known and often-photographed character who became “her Dior.” There’s French, there are the book’s magnificent spreads, there’s Satie. . . . So […]