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Further Reading: North Korea

Further Reading: North Korea

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.   The three-generation Kim Dynasty has made North Korea one of the most reviled—and ridiculed—nations in the world. Memes depicting Kim Jong-un laughing about the fact that he’s “no longer the craziest leader” keep popping up on social […]

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Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

And so it goes. Everyone is devastated over Alice’s death, none more so than Quentin. And the whole episode feels both full of anticipation and a little deflated, due to the Beast’s death and the disappearance of Reynaud. Now the real adulting begins. Fillory might be a fantasy world, but it’s not always fantastic. The bad […]

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

Celebrate Black History Month with 21 Great Film Adaptations

This year’s pool of Oscar nominees is notably diverse. “In a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when the academy put forward all-white rosters of acting nominees, voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever,” the Times reports, including six films and a record number of black actors and filmmakers. Two of the Best Picture-nominees in […]

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A Star-Studded Starvaganza of Star-Caliber Audiobooks Narrated by Stars

A Star-Studded Starvaganza of Star-Caliber Audiobooks Narrated by Stars

The audiobook for George Saunders’ new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, used an unprecedented 166 narrators—many of them celebrities—to tell an unconventional story of Abraham Lincoln morning his young son. (Mary Burkey interviewed Saunders and his production team to learn how it all came together.) But audiobooks narrated by a single celebrity narrators aren’t at all […]

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Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Cindy: True confession: I’m not a Trekkie. But everybody knows Spock, even those who’ve never watched the Star Trek television series. I was familiar with Spock’s signature Vulcan salute, but I didn’t know that Leonard Nimoy created it when he rejected the idea, during filming, of using a traditional handshake. The shape originates from Jewish […]

WE ARE OKAY: Talking Loss, San Francisco, and Queer Teen Love Stories with Nina LaCour

WE ARE OKAY: Talking Loss, San Francisco, and Queer Teen Love Stories with Nina LaCour

From her first novel, Hold Still, Nina LaCour has entranced readers with the honesty of her characters’ emotions, whether love, guilt, grief, or a heart-wrenching combination of all three. In her latest novel, the extraordinary We Are Okay (out today), protagonist Marin leaves her home in San Francisco after the death of her beloved Gramps to attend college […]

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166 Voices: Talking LINCOLN IN THE BARDO with George Saunders and the Team Behind the Year’s Most Ambitious Audiobook

166 Voices: Talking LINCOLN IN THE BARDO with George Saunders and the Team Behind the Year’s Most Ambitious Audiobook

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, the most hotly anticipated novel of the season, comes out today from Penguin Random House in print and on audio. The latter has garnered far more attention than most audiobooks, and not just because of its author’s pedigree. It’s also an astonishingly ambitious work: a recording containing 166 voices that took four months and […]

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Happily Ever After: Fairy-Tale Romance

Happily Ever After: Fairy-Tale Romance

Fairy tales and myths have always been a popular source of inspiration. From television shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm to movies like Enchanted, Tangled, and the latest adaptation of Cinderella, there’s something about the core elements of these stories that allows them to be easily updated or transformed. Romance novels in particular share […]

Best New Books: Week of February 13, 2017

Best New Books: Week of February 13, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction   All That’s Left to Tell, by Daniel Lowe  American Street, by Ibi Zoboi  The Blue Hour, by Laura Pritchett  A Divided Spy, by Charles Cumming  The […]

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