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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 […]

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

Lynn: Those of us who live on the shores of the Great Lakes are very familiar with the term “lake effect.” It makes temperatures milder while also dumping great amounts of snow on the shoreline in winter. Erin McCahan’s book, Lake Effect (2017) explores another meaning of the term: the calming, reflective, introspective feeling that […]

Beyond Books: Memoirs That Reckon with Death

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 […]

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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   […]

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

Cindy: It seems we have a penchant here at Bookends for featuring books that celebrate color, especially when they mention fabulous names color names. Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourvilee is one such delight (and one of those biographical nonfiction picture books with […]

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 […]