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Book Trailer Thursday: I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

Book Trailer Thursday: I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

This week’s Book Trailer Thursday introduces the memoir of one of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart. Hart’s debut, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons (Simon & Schuster), coauthored by Neil Strauss and released June 6, plumbs the depths of Hart’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia, as well as universal concerns, including sex, relationships, money, parenthood, and […]

2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Longlist Announced

2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Longlist Announced

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the longlist for its annual literary prize, given to one fiction and one nonfiction title. According to the press release, the winners and nominees were chosen for “subverting literary forms, pushing against established ways of thinking, or otherwise introducing new or challenging ideas.” The press release also noted the […]

Pride, Sense, and Persuasion in Mansfield Abbey: 10 Contemporary Novels for Fans of Jane Austen

Pride, Sense, and Persuasion in Mansfield Abbey: 10 Contemporary Novels for Fans of Jane Austen

Two hundred years after the author’s death (on July 18, 1817), Jane Austen remains one of the most revered writers in the English language. Beyond the many updated versions of her now-classic plots, contemporary authors continue to explore her themes of love, loyalty, social class, and self-deception. From the wild west and high seas to India […]

Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Hey bibliophiles and font fanatics: There’s a growing trend of book covers designed to emulate the bubbly, serif text-heavy covers that emerged in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s. You know, the ones that used this font: What was the original book that had this style? Surely someone has it deep in their […]

Booklist Reader Exclusive: SURFSIDE GIRLS Trailer Reveal

Booklist Reader Exclusive: SURFSIDE GIRLS Trailer Reveal

Those who attended this year’s ALA Annual might have snagged a copy of Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point, Kim Dwinell’s hotly anticipated graphic novel for middle-grade readers. The book follows a pair of California girls tasked with rescuing a secluded beach—and its ghosts—from greedy real-estate moguls. In her Booklist review, Sarah Hunter praises […]

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Lynn: Being a reviewer and blogger is the best job ever, but there are a few drawbacks. We get so many books (I know, tough problem, right?), and keeping up can be challenging. What often happens is that sometimes later books in series get postponed till. . . well, later, and sometimes never. So it says […]