Author Archive: Katy Cesarotti

I'm a summer intern with Booklist and an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University.

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Booklist Reader Horoscope: Planets in Retrograde

Booklist Reader Horoscope: Planets in Retrograde

Much like each successive season of The Bachelor, this summer has shaped up to be one of the dramatic ones on record. We’re blaming this on the five planets currently in retrograde—astrologically, planets in retrograde appear to be moving backwards across the sky, which means disruption and slowdowns in our daily lives. In the future, […]

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In honor of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, Six Blockbuster Books on the Big Screen

In honor of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, Six Blockbuster Books on the Big Screen

The New York Times has reported that wealthy Asian-Americans have waged a campaign to make Crazy Rich Asians, opening today, a “bona-fide cultural phenomenon.” As Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks writes: [From] New York City to Los Angeles, Houston to Honolulu, these industry leaders and others have spent many thousands of dollars renting out dozens of theaters for special screenings […]

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“The Lottery” and More Short Stories on the Big Screen

“The Lottery” and More Short Stories on the Big Screen

Last month, Paramount announced a feature-length adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” a famously chilling short story that featured a sacrificial lottery, children-on-children violence, and a cruel, opaque government 60 years before the The Hunger Games. This marks the fourth time the tale has been made into a movie; the penultimate time, NBC cast Keri Russell […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Zoje Stage’s debut novel, the eerie thriller Baby Teeth (2018), marks the latest in a slew of books with lollipops on the cover. Shattered or sadly crumbled, these crushed candies are an omen that the salad days will soon be gone for the characters inside. Several of Liane Moriarty’s book covers feature exploding stuff, but the […]

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Further Reading: Cave Rescues

Further Reading: Cave Rescues

  As rescuers race to save the remaining five boys trapped in a Thai cave system, audiences around the world are following the crisis with hope and trepidation. The rescue effort has brought together international military teams, rescue workers, diving experts, and Elon Musk, who is contributing a mini-submarine. For readers interested in other harrowing […]

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Further Reading: Russian Spies

Further Reading: Russian Spies

After mounting accusations of collusion, election meddling and spreading fake news, recent sensational headlines on Russian doings seem drawn directly from a Cold War thriller. We recommend the following books, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, for readers craving more accounts of political intrigue and conspiracy—or for those sad that The Americans has ended.   Fiction […]

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Six Blockbuster Books on the Big Screen

Six Blockbuster Books on the Big Screen

In a season often dominated by explosion-heavy action flicks and Transformers sequels, we look forward to watching these acclaimed novels and memoirs make their silver-screen debuts. Smuggle a paperback in with your movie snacks and head to the theatre for these adaptations. On Chesil Beach (May 18) Ian McEwan wrote the screenplay of his bestselling novella, […]