Author Archive: Eugenia Williamson

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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Further Reading: Shark Attacks

Further Reading: Shark Attacks

  Today, CNN published an illustrated guide to surviving a shark attack. Though useful, the guide provokes new anxieties for we landlubbers about to embark on beach vacations. Luckily, the following titles, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, provide superior accounts of shark attacks to soothe us—or prepare us for the inevitable.   Bear v. […]

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Hot Dog! Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Picture Books

Hot Dog! Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Picture Books

I love only two things in this world: books and hot dogs (and cults and cats and caftans and my friends and family, but who’s counting?). National Hot Dog Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate both. The noble tube steak is given its due in the following children’s books, linked to their excerpted Booklist […]

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Publishing U: How to Fall in Love with Ghostwriting

Publishing U: How to Fall in Love with Ghostwriting

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this installment of our Publishing U series, Joan Schweighardt (The Last Wife of Attila the Hun, 2016) explains how she discovered a passion for ghostwriting while forging a fiction career.  I never thought about becoming a […]

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Music in Fiction and Nonfiction: The Playlist

Music in Fiction and Nonfiction: The Playlist

The latest Booklist features a Core Collection of fiction and nonfiction books about music. These books are so cool they deserve their own playlist—so we made one. To follow are 20 essential music titles with songs chosen by Donna Seaman, Annie Bostrom, and yours truly. At the end of the post, we’ve provided a Spotify […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Gaël Faye, Linda Bailey, Andrew Smith, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Gaël Faye, Linda Bailey, Andrew Smith, 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 June 18–21 below. Monday, June 18  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara, read by Gabra Zackman Part memoir, part true crime, and […]

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Koko the Gorilla: an Essential Bibliography

Koko the Gorilla: an Essential Bibliography

Koko the Gorilla has died. According to my Facebook feed, every 30- and 40-something I know is devastated. I’m devastated. She was such a beautiful and gentle and brilliant creature. Like so many of us, she was a cat lady. Like not so many of us, she got to know celebrities. She taught children (and […]

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Further Reading: Migrants

Further Reading: Migrants

As the nation turns its attention to the plight of the migrants detained at our borders, now’s a perfect time for readers to immerse themselves in the global migration crisis. The following recommended titles, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, explore the horrors migrants must endure both at home and abroad. (Earlier this week, we […]

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Further Reading: Grifters

Further Reading: Grifters

  Yesterday, writing for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino declared it “grifter season,” citing an excellent feature in The Cut about Anna Delvey, a young woman posing as a German heiress, now in prison, and the recent publication of John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, an absolutely tremendous book about Stanford dropout […]

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Christopher Moore Goes NOIR

Christopher Moore Goes NOIR

San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy Tiffin falls head-over-heels in love with a beautiful girl named Stilton. Sammy’s boss, the revolting Sal Gabelli, is working on a special project for an Air Force muckety-muck that involves Sammy rounding up wholesome girls and hooking them up with members of the powerful Bohemian Club. Through no fault of […]

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Mysteries on the Small Screen: EVIL GENIUS

Mysteries on the Small Screen: EVIL GENIUS

  Title: Evil Genius First aired: May 11, 2018 Where you can watch it: Netflix Although Alice Bolin recently (and perhaps rightfully!) advised women against consuming true crime to benefit our mental health, that hasn’t stopped me from consuming every true crime narrative I can. My latest wallow took place over Memorial Day weekend, when I wolfed down […]

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