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Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

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 […]

By December 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Editors’ Choice and Top of the List, 2014

Editors’ Choice and Top of the List, 2014

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!              

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Going Dark in a Season of Light: Christmas Noir

Going Dark in a Season of Light: Christmas Noir

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 […]

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Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

Gingerbread Fan? Don’t Let These Picture Books Get Away!

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 […]

Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs

Tsardust: The Tragic and Romantic Appeal of the Romanovs

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 […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore’s Coyote Blue (1994) may be best described as Tom Robbins meets American Gods (2001). The coyote trickster, a reoccurring figure in Native American folklore, appears to insurance salesman Sam Hunter as a handsome Native American who keeps cajoling poor Sam into making some very bad decisions. Is this payback for the act that turned teenage […]