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Reviews of the Week, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Jeffrey Eugenides and More

Reviews of the Week, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Jeffrey Eugenides and More

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 14 through August 18 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   August 14  Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor This highly […]

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We Read Dead People: MOONBOG

We Read Dead People: MOONBOG

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, When I Am Through with You) and Daniel Kraus (Rotters, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. Things are a boggy mess in Holland, Maine. Hometown-boy-made-good David returns […]

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Further Reading: Statues

Further Reading: Statues

A side-effect of the events in Charlottesville and the President’s response to them was a reminder that statues—their presence, absence, and context—are pretty darn important. The following novels, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, put statues at the front and center of the drama.    The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, written […]

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Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death
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Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death

Being part of the “sandwich generation” caught between aging parents and almost-adult children means that mortality begins to loom heavier as the years pass. Sharing the burden of tragedy with thoughtful, wise, and gentle others through books is certainly one of the most readily-available balms. For those moments you need a little guidance, here are […]

Best New Books, Week of August 15, 2017

Best New Books, Week of August 15, 2017

The following books, all released this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction  The Doll Funeral, by Kate Hamer  Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie  How to Behave in a Crowd, by Camille Bordas  Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities, by Hamish Steele   […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 7: Are Kids More Dangerous Than Adults?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 7: Are Kids More Dangerous Than Adults?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTER 17-18 & THE FOURTH INTERLUDE Shambling into Week 7, my copy of IT is beginning to fall apart. Pocket Books made a valiant effort with this almost cube-shaped paperback edition, but glue can […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Cressida Cowell, Joe Hill, Jeff Flake, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Cressida Cowell, Joe Hill, Jeff Flake, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 7 through August 11 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   August 7 The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell Long before our […]

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The Winners of the 2017 Hugo Award, Reviewed

The Winners of the 2017 Hugo Award, Reviewed

The 2017 Hugo Awards were announced this afternoon in Finland. As The Verge noted, women swept this year’s prizes. Here are the year’s best sci-fi novels, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For a full list of nominees and winners, visit the Hugo Awards website.   BEST NOVEL The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we revisit two of our favorite romance tropes and discuss some books that feature them in enjoyable ways. Tell us what you think: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com       click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher   SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Carrie Himself, by Jess Kidd Inside […]

Further Reading: The Fiction of North Korea

Further Reading: The Fiction of North Korea

Editor’s Note: We originally published this feature in February, but recent events have made it extremely timely.       The three-generation Kim Dynasty has made North Korea one of the most reviled—and ridiculed—nations in the world. Memes depicting Kim Jong-un laughing about the fact that he’s “no longer the craziest leader” keep popping up on […]

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