More Recent Posts

Bars, Real and Imagined

Bars, Real and Imagined

In the December 1 Booklist, now live on Booklist Online, I wrote a Back Page column about my favorite fictional bars. Space forced me to limit my choices to five: Victor’s in Chandler’s The Long Goodbye; Mac’s Place in Ross Thomas’ McCorkle and Padillo novels; Morrissey’s in Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder novels; Medicine Lodge in Ivan Doig’s The Bartender’s […]

By November 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Thanksgiving Visits: Fun or Cause to Flee?

Cindy: Crowded holiday gatherings are often boring for children. They are filled with relatives they don’t know well, long waits for food, isolation at the kids’ card table, time-consuming clean up, lots of adults talking, and endless football watching. The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing (2014) begins with young Gavin, clad in vest and tie, who […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science & Health

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science & Health

The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 250 new reviews and 8 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 […]

By November 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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, […]