This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Current event aficionados are likely to show a renewed interest in the Caribbean nation. Make them happy—give them books! Cuba Libre, by Elmore Leonard Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia Explosion in a […]
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Issa Rae, creator of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, says that getting people to read her new book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (Atria), “is kind of uncomfortable.” Watch the trailer and you’ll see what she means (warning: some friendly f-bombs). Courtney Jones wrote in her Booklist review, “Already a strong voice […]
As 2014’s “best of” lists keep coming, Booklist adds its voice. Our Editors’ Choice and Top of the List awards, live this morning, are free to view! Check out the best in a great year for books!
Over on Booklist Online, Bill Ott takes a nontraditional approach to both the “Great Reads” feature and the idea of holiday entertainment. Yes, he has his own Christmas traditions (eating Steak Diane, drinking Santa’s scotch) and always appreciates a chance to watch Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn. But, Bill writes: On the other hand, there is something […]
Cindy and Lynn: ‘Tis the season for gifts, wrapping, sleigh bells, and, of course, gingerbread! We have two new books that feature that wonderfully spicy and delicious treat. So break open the cookie tin, make some hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy. Cindy: Forget believing in Santa, Marshall doesn’t believe that gingerbread men can run […]
What is it about certain historical figures or eras that draw so much of our attention as readers? If one were to take a shelf of typical historical fiction and remove the books about the Tudors, it would probably shrink by half. Remove the books about Hitler, Victoria, Napoleon, the French revolution, and the American […]