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Readers’ Advisory with the Wheel o’ Fun

Readers’ Advisory with the Wheel o’ Fun

Cindy: Last week I found this gem in a local, artsy thrift shop. The bright colors attracted me like a hummingbird to a flower, and I couldn’t resist giving it a spin and listen to the clicking slow down as the wheel came to a stop. I wanted it, but the deal was closed when […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

Welcome to The Oral History Podcast, with your author hosts Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian! A little bit about us. We’re both YA authors whose debut novels came out in 2013. We became acquainted via Twitter (Christa credits Daniel Kraus, though Carrie can’t remember the connection). After a flurry of emails, we graduated to phone conversations, during which […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Space Dumplins

Book Trailer Thursday: Space Dumplins

Calling all comics fans! And fans of smart chickens, whale-poop humor, and interstellar adventures. Craig Thompson, of the beloved Blankets, among others, has a new middle-grade offering this month. Of Space Dumplins (Scholastic/Graphix), Sarah Hunter writes, “With thrilling adventure, a stalwart and good-hearted hero, some well-timed laughs, and a meaningful message at its heart, this […]

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A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

It’s big news when short story collections get major book buzz. And the story behind Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories is one worth repeating. Little known, but fiercely admired, Berlin published six collections of short stories before her death in 2004. Often compared to American great Raymond Carver, this compilation celebrates the work […]

Going Postal: Kim Savage, Jane Sutton, Andy Mulligan, Robison Wells, and Nic Sheff

Going Postal: Kim Savage, Jane Sutton, Andy Mulligan, Robison Wells, and Nic Sheff

We get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room. Going Postal is where I pull a few things from the newest batch that catch my jaded eye. ⇒ After the Woods by Kim Savage (Feb. 2016). This […]

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Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Cindy: Fans of Rebecca Stead’s unique storytelling will appreciate her newest book, Goodbye Stranger (2015). Once again, several stories are spinning at once, seemingly disconnected, until the threads are pulled together into a satisfying knot. Friendships evolve and face challenges, even when three girlfriends have a pact that they will not fight with each other. […]