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A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

It’s big news when short story collections get major book buzz. And the story behind Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories is one worth repeating. Little known, but fiercely admired, Berlin published six collections of short stories before her death in 2004. Often compared to American great Raymond Carver, this compilation celebrates the work […]

Going Postal: Kim Savage, Jane Sutton, Andy Mulligan, Robison Wells, and Nic Sheff

Going Postal: Kim Savage, Jane Sutton, Andy Mulligan, Robison Wells, and Nic Sheff

We get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room. Going Postal is where I pull a few things from the newest batch that catch my jaded eye. ⇒ After the Woods by Kim Savage (Feb. 2016). This […]

By September 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Cindy: Fans of Rebecca Stead’s unique storytelling will appreciate her newest book, Goodbye Stranger (2015). Once again, several stories are spinning at once, seemingly disconnected, until the threads are pulled together into a satisfying knot. Friendships evolve and face challenges, even when three girlfriends have a pact that they will not fight with each other. […]

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

First published in 1960, the debut of Storey (who would later win the Man Booker Prize for Saville, 1976) tells the gritty tale of Arthur Machin, a factory worker in northern England who becomes a star rugby player but can never quite get over a failed relationship with his landlady. The tone is set at […]

By September 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Jane and Joe American, listen up! We know your water cooler chit-chat has been occupied of late with discussions like “What does Adnan know about the Best Buy phone booth?!” and “Why is the president doing interviews in some dude’s garage?” That’s the magic of podcasts. Maybe because we usually plug the sound directly into our ear-holes, the voices can […]

By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Call for Nominations Do you know someone that deserves extraordinary recognition for […]