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November LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

November LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

LibraryReads has announced its November 2018 selections! Check out the titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we’ve hunted down the producers of the audio versions and have provided ordering information, when available. Please note that we have not yet had time […]

2018 National Book Award Finalists Announced

2018 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2018 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of November 14. We will all be tweeting out the winners so follow along! Fiction A Lucky Man, by Jamel Brinkley […]

Best New Books: Week of October 9, 2018

Best New Books: Week of October 9, 2018

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller  Crisis, by Felix Francis  Death In Paris, by Emilia Bernhard  Holy Ghost, by John Sandford  Killing Commendatore: A Novel, by Haruki Murakami, tr. by Phillip Gabriel and Ted Goosen  Mina, by […]

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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with 10 Native Novels

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with 10 Native Novels

While cities and states across the nation celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, why not pick up one of these outstanding books by an outstanding Native American author? The following ten titles are linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews. (A version of this post appeared on October 9, 2017.)   An American Café, by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe […]

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

Lynn: Do you love a scary book? Well, Bookends readers, have we got a treat for you! Katherine Arden’s new middle-grade book, Small Spaces (2018), is the most deliciously scary book you could hope for. This is a just-one-more-chapter-gulp-it-down-in-one-sitting book, and it’s the real, eerie deal. Grieving her mother, 12-year-old Ollie has withdrawn from friends, activities, and even her […]

Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman remembers the spinning racks of paperback novels and their vivid painted covers. Men with chins like fists and fists like bludgeons, and always a gun in somebody’s hand. And the titles! Time Enough to Die​; Devil on Two Sticks​; One for Hell​. “I was drawn to them because they were colorful,” Ollerman says […]