Books and Authors

Reviews of the Week: with Adrian McKinty, Bryan Cranston, Cao Wenxuan, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Adrian McKinty, Bryan Cranston, Cao Wenxuan, 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 February 13 through 17 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, February 13  Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly, by Adrian McKinty The chronicles […]

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Further Reading: North Korea

Further Reading: North Korea

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.   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 social […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

And so it goes. Everyone is devastated over Alice’s death, none more so than Quentin. And the whole episode feels both full of anticipation and a little deflated, due to the Beast’s death and the disappearance of Reynaud. Now the real adulting begins. Fillory might be a fantasy world, but it’s not always fantastic. The bad […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Mark K. Shriver Talks about PILGRIMAGE

This week on Well Read, former Maryland state legislator Mark K. Shriver (son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver) will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest work of historical nonfiction, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis (2016), released November 29. In it, Shriver yearns “for a church […]

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The Latest BOOKLIST: Spotlight on Biography

The Latest BOOKLIST: Spotlight on Biography

The February 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 258 new reviews and eight new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but […]

WE ARE OKAY: Talking Loss, San Francisco, and Queer Teen Love Stories with Nina LaCour

WE ARE OKAY: Talking Loss, San Francisco, and Queer Teen Love Stories with Nina LaCour

From her first novel, Hold Still, Nina LaCour has entranced readers with the honesty of her characters’ emotions, whether love, guilt, grief, or a heart-wrenching combination of all three. In her latest novel, the extraordinary We Are Okay (out today), protagonist Marin leaves her home in San Francisco after the death of her beloved Gramps to attend college […]

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Happily Ever After: Fairy-Tale Romance

Happily Ever After: Fairy-Tale Romance

Fairy tales and myths have always been a popular source of inspiration. From television shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm to movies like Enchanted, Tangled, and the latest adaptation of Cinderella, there’s something about the core elements of these stories that allows them to be easily updated or transformed. Romance novels in particular share […]

Best New Books: Week of February 13, 2017

Best New Books: Week of February 13, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction   All That’s Left to Tell, by Daniel Lowe  American Street, by Ibi Zoboi  The Blue Hour, by Laura Pritchett  A Divided Spy, by Charles Cumming  The […]

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Reviews of the Week: with Susan Tan, Tanya Lee Stone, Christopher McGrath, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Susan Tan, Tanya Lee Stone, Christopher McGrath, 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 February 6 through 10 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, February 6  Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, by Susan Tan Occasional black-and-white illustrations enhance the text, and […]

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A Dystopia for Every Reader

A Dystopia for Every Reader

Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)   Reality-based Dystopia Open Doors and Three […]

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