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Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]

Revisiting the Post-Reconstruction South with Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Revisiting the Post-Reconstruction South with Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Last week I was fortunate to see The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Regarded as one of the best melodramas of the twentieth century (the film, starring Bette Davis won no less than 8 Academy Awards in 1941!), the play was wonderfully cathartic and entertaining, and especially relevant, though written in 1939. […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 18–22 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, May 18th Blackbird, by Tom Wright Psychologist Wright’s stunning debut, What Dies […]

Small-Press Lineup: Soho Press

Small-Press Lineup: Soho Press

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!     Legal Name and Alias: Juliet “Scissorhands” Grames, Associate Publisher and Crime Fiction Editor Accomplices: Bronwen […]

Share an Evening with Literary Luminaries at the Carnegie Medals Ceremony

Share an Evening with Literary Luminaries at the Carnegie Medals Ceremony

You undoubtedly already know the three fiction and three nonfiction titles that make up the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence shortlist. You’re also likely talking them up to your patrons, devouring the titles yourself, or have already polished them off, and are on to the Booklist-recommended fiction and nonfiction read-alikes. What you might not know is how […]

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Lynn:  “There are all kinds of wars,” 10-year-old Ada confides at the start of The War That Saved My Life (2015), by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The story opens in London during the summer of 1939. A war with Hitler seemed imminent but for Ada, the more dangerous war had been going on as long as […]