Books and Authors

Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Nancy Pearl’s first novel, George & Lizzie, comes out in September. How did she do it? Why did she do it? Booklist contacted the author of Book Lust, one of the nation’s favorite readers’ advisory librarians, and one of public radio and television’s most influential book and reading champions, to find out everything about how she became […]

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Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

It’s a little nerve-racking to sit down with a giant of the Senate, but Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wears the mantle lightly. To be clear, Giant of the Senate is the tongue-in-cheek title of his new book. But while it’s seasoned with humor, there’s plenty of meat. Franken, hardly looking old enough to […]

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Best New Books, Week of June 19, 2017

Best New Books, Week of June 19, 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   Here and Gone, by Haylen Beck  That Crazy Perfect Someday, by Michael Mazza  Trap the Devil, by Ben Coes   Adult Nonfiction  Housman Country: Into the Heart of England, by Peter Parker  Mastering […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Michael Connelly, Jeff Shaara, Brandy Colbert, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Michael Connelly, Jeff Shaara, Brandy Colbert, 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 June 12 through 16 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   June 12  The Someday Suitcase, by Corey Ann Haydu It seems to happen suddenly […]

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Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Let’s get one thing out of the way: You write about the rain when it’s sunny. These days, though, it’s always raining, and no one has time to wait for the sun. So you write heartbroken. You write frustrated. And you write angry. Last year saw a new wave of books that dealt with rape […]

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Aunt Lydia’s Forbidden Bookshelf: Three Books to Read After THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Aunt Lydia’s Forbidden Bookshelf: Three Books to Read After THE HANDMAID’S TALE

  The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale wrapped up last night. If you’re already missing the object of your obsession, you can always read (or reread) Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, since this dystopian nightmare fuel for feminists and anyone who appreciates not living in a totalitarian faith-based state has been keeping people up at […]

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Booklist at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago

Booklist at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago

We here at Booklist don’t have to travel far for this year’s ALA Annual next week, since it’s going down right here at Chicago’s glorious McCormick Place. But we are going to be super busy, since we’ve got so much going on—some might say too much. Between events, catch us at booth #3217, where, in […]

The Latest Booklist: 50 Years of YA

The Latest Booklist: 50 Years of YA

The June 1 & 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 349 new reviews and 17 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 […]

“Nope! I’ve never had any aspirations to be a musician”: Don Lee talks LONESOME LIES BEFORE US

“Nope! I’ve never had any aspirations to be a musician”: Don Lee talks LONESOME LIES BEFORE US

When Don Lee’s first book came out 16 years ago, he probably didn’t know then that more than half his writing career would be spent in Rosarita Bay, a fictional California seaside town that bears more than a passing resemblance to the real-world Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 in Northern California. Of the five books Lee […]

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Further Reading: Troublesome CEOs

Further Reading: Troublesome CEOs

  After a 2013 memo about sexual harassment was leaked to the press, newspapers at home and abroad have been speculating on whether or not Uber CEO Travis Kalanik—no stranger to controversy—might lose his job. Kalanik has been accused of poisoning company culture with laddish (some might say horribly sexist) behavior. Fictional CEOs are no strangers to […]

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