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Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

First published in 1960, the debut of Storey (who would later win the Man Booker Prize for Saville, 1976) tells the gritty tale of Arthur Machin, a factory worker in northern England who becomes a star rugby player but can never quite get over a failed relationship with his landlady. The tone is set at […]

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Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Jane and Joe American, listen up! We know your water cooler chit-chat has been occupied of late with discussions like “What does Adnan know about the Best Buy phone booth?!” and “Why is the president doing interviews in some dude’s garage?” That’s the magic of podcasts. Maybe because we usually plug the sound directly into our ear-holes, the voices can […]

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Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Call for Nominations Do you know someone that deserves extraordinary recognition for […]

Unfinished Business: Books to Be Read – and Books to Be Blogged About

Unfinished Business: Books to Be Read – and Books to Be Blogged About

Cindy: Summer might have a few more official weeks left in her, but I am back to work full time tomorrow and the students arrive after Labor Day. It’s my annual day of making lists of what I need to do—and stacks of what I need to read! Here’s a stack of books that still […]

Reviews of the Week: Drew Daywalt, R. J. Palacio, Diana Nyad, and More

Reviews of the Week: Drew Daywalt, R. J. Palacio, Diana Nyad, and More

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 August 24–28 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, August 24 The Day the Crayons Came […]

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The Vietnam War in Prose and Poetry

The Vietnam War in Prose and Poetry

Lynn: I graduated from college in 1970, so the Vietnam War and all the issues related to the conflict dominated the my late teens and twenties. It is only recently that books about this era are more prevalent for young readers, but I will admit to having had absolutely no interest in reading anything about […]