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Author Archive: Susan Maguire

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A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

Feminist dystopias are having a moment. I can’t think of any reasons why. Many of them have to do with fertility and reproduction. Again, not sure why that would be a thing people would have nervous feelings about that they want to express through speculative fiction. These books often intersect issues of fertility with apocalyptic […]

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Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2018

Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2018

Booklist convened the fourth installment of Read ‘n’ Rave at this year’s ALA Annual Conference. Modeled after the popular Shout ‘n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search of galleys that should be […]

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I Like Them Even When They’re Bad: Talking Suspense with Lisa Jewell

I Like Them Even When They’re Bad: Talking Suspense with Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell’s bestselling books combine page-turning, what-happens-next excitement with nuanced characters—especially female characters—who are mostly likable. Her narrative voice has a keen sense of humor that might fool some readers into thinking the story is fluffy, or that the suspense isn’t real, neither of which is in any way true. In fact, Jewell’s latest novel, […]

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May the Fourth Be with You

May the Fourth Be with You

The only thing better than books is puns, and the only thing better than puns is puns about books. Since it’s #MysteryMonth AND May the 4th, it’s a great time to check out the following science fiction books, linked to their Booklist reviews, that double as great mysteries.     After Atlas, by Emma Newman This […]

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MY FAVORITE MURDER and the Case of the Unappealing Readalike List

MY FAVORITE MURDER and the Case of the Unappealing Readalike List

Y’all know My Favorite Murder, right? The super-popular podcast that, through some alchemical magic, blends true crime and comedy as told by two women who do the bare minimum of research and spend as much time detailing personal anecdotes as they do the murders they’re ostensibly covering? MFM has a huge and devoted following—search Etsy […]

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Trend Alert! Chefs Behaving Badly

Trend Alert! Chefs Behaving Badly

I don’t want to disparage the good name of celebrity chefs, but if current fiction is anything to go by, they’re all cheating scoundrels. Or they’re victims of cheating scoundrels. Or they’re just generally getting too salty, if you know what I mean. There must be something in the ratatouille that’s making all these fictional chefs […]

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Rogue Book Group Choices
By February 28, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

Rogue Book Group Choices

Is your book group in a rut? Are folks sick of reading World War II-era historical fiction? Is your attendance dwindling? Maybe it’s time to go rogue. We hosted a live event (sponsored by NoveList) where we gathered some book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for […]

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Walking around in Others’ Shoes (with Your Book Group)
By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Walking around in Others’ Shoes (with Your Book Group)

I am an eternal optimist. This tendency to think things will work out for the best is sometimes at odds with my inner curmudgeon, but what can you do? I like to think this conflict keeps my also-inner Pollyanna in check, but sometimes, that Pollyanna is strong. Take, for example, the time my book group […]

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The Best Novels of 2017 (That Won’t Make You Think Too Hard)
By December 20, 2017 5 Comments Read More →

The Best Novels of 2017 (That Won’t Make You Think Too Hard)

Listen, I’m not here to participate in a turf war between literary fiction and genre fiction. Especially since, as a librarian, I am professionally hardwired to distinctly not judge a person’s literary tastes. That said, many year-end lists make me feel a little. . . left out. Not that Jesmyn Ward and Roxane Gay and […]

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