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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

I’ve been anticipating the reprint of British author Barbara Trapido’s 1982 debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, for some time now—and it’s finally here! I’ve read pretty much everything that Barbara Trapido has written and have written about her here before. I have found no one else to match Trapido’s wit, style, and uncanny ear […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Y Chromosomes Everywhere, but No Turkey: A Thanksgiving Read-Aloud

Y Chromosomes Everywhere, but No Turkey: A Thanksgiving Read-Aloud

Lynn: Longtime Booklist readers know that Y chromosomes dominate my family, as we have two sons and five grandsons. Three of the grandsons are with us before and after school and all summer, so I feel as if I understand little boys well! So believe me when I tell you that Dana Allison Levy writes […]

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried. Though this century is young, […]

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

I noticed something as I was preparing the Spotlight on Religion & Spirituality for the November 15, 2014 issue of Booklist. Just as we need more diverse books, we need more books about religion and spirituality as well. There have been some great ones over the years. I think my favorite remains The War of […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

In a recent issue of Booklist, Joyce Saricks wrote about the value of keeping a list of everything we read. For those of us who have been reviewing for Booklist for many years, the magazine (and, more recently, the digital archive behind it) functions as our list. I was thinking about all the books I’ve […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →