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Reviews of the Week: with Richard Ford, Drew Daywalt, Donna Leon, and Margaret Stohl

Reviews of the Week: with Richard Ford, Drew Daywalt, Donna Leon, and Margaret Stohl

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from February 21 through 24 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Tuesday, February 21  Between Them: Remembering My Parents, by Richard Ford Illustrated with family photographs, Ford’s […]

The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

At one million words and 61 hours, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem tops the list of longest audiobooks—but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to it. Narrator Simon Vance’s informed reading makes Moore’s hallucinogenic style and provocative ideas intelligible. But not every narrator has the skill and energy required to make a lengthy book exceptional listening. These narrators do. […]

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

Lynn: I don’t know what it is like elsewhere but here in Michigan, EVERYONE seems to be sick! I’m just getting over a cold that I got from one of my grandsons, and every other person I meet is clutching wads of Kleenex to red noses. I couldn’t have found Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY

Book Trailer Thursday: THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY

In her new book This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression (Farrar), Daphne Merkin pushes back against the stigma surrounding mental illness, speaking openly about her lifelong struggle with depression. June Sayers summarizes the content of the book in her Booklist review: “Merkin allows readers inside her head to experience the darkness, as she recalls her […]

We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. What’s scarier than a grumpy five-year-old with a tricycle […]

Changes Afoot for Several YALSA Select Lists

Changes Afoot for Several YALSA Select Lists

If you’re interested in kidlit awards (and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are), you might have heard how, at the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting, YALSA’s Board of Directors voted to update the way they develop reading lists like Amazing Audio, Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks. None of […]