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Funny Books about Religion (Now with 50% More Hilarity!)

Funny Books about Religion (Now with 50% More Hilarity!)

  With the November 15 issue of Booklist, our Spotlight on Religion, in the mail, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff’s 2012 list, “When Religion IS a Laughing Matter: Funny Books about People Who Believe and the Things They Believe In.” We’ve added 8 titles to the […]

Five More to Go: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s FRIDAY BLACK
By November 9, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s FRIDAY BLACK

Our newest feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Adjei-Brenyah’s dozen stories are disturbingly spectacular, made even more so by how he magnifies and exposes […]

Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Bird’s-eye views of towns and suburbs! Surely we can’t trace the inspiration for this cover design to the introductory credits of Weeds (2005) . . . or can we?? Listed below in order of publication, here are links to the Booklist reviews of each title along with a brief suggestion of how the content of […]

18 Detectives Who Fill in the Blanks
By November 6, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

18 Detectives Who Fill in the Blanks

Jonathan Lethem’s The Feral Detective publishes today—and, given that it is set in the days following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, can it be any coincidence the book comes out during the midterms? As the Booklist reviewer (ahem, me) writes in his starred review: Set in the days surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration, this echoes with Phoebe’s […]

Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Three curses. A collection of hearts buried under the ocean floor. Mermaids born of human tragedy. A coastal town’s worst nightmare that rolls in with the mist. These 2018 YA debuts center on the sea creatures sailors feared—seductive and strong, and out to lure you to the bottom of the ocean. Follow the siren song […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Hypnotic Circles
By November 2, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Hypnotic Circles

This mesmerizing design concept has been a constant presence in my peripheral vision since David Mitchell’s World Fantasy Award–winning (and starred review-receiving!) novel The Bone Clocks was released in 2014. My attention was next grabbed by Lauren James’ 2016 romantic sf The Last Beginning, and then again this past April by Richard Powers’ The Overstory, which also received a starred review […]

Five More to Go: Alice Stephens’ FAMOUS ADOPTED PEOPLE
By October 30, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Alice Stephens’ FAMOUS ADOPTED PEOPLE

Our newest feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    Famous Adopted People, by Alice Stephens “Everyone, it seems, is telling our story but us,” observes Lisa Pearl, the Korean-born, Bethesda, Maryland-raised […]

2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Shortlist Announced

2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Shortlist Announced

There are book titles that are literal: 1984, The Old Man and the Sea, Gulliver’s Travels. There are book titles that are odd: The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, A Confederacy of Dunces. Then there are the book titles that are literally odd. The Bookseller has announced the shortlist for the Diagram Prize awarding the Oddest Book Title of the Year, […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Laying the Paint on Thick

Cover Trend Alert: Laying the Paint on Thick

As we celebrate the arts this month here at Booklist, I noticed a painterly trend in recent book covers. Certainly, abstract art on book covers is nothing new, and going down the aisles of the newest face-out fiction in your local library can be like visiting a modern art gallery. Conveying the graphic realism of a novel […]

Into The Forest, Again: Atmospheric Reading for Autumn

Into The Forest, Again: Atmospheric Reading for Autumn

In literature, the woods are an in-between place where there are no rules. There is magic, which is often a form of trickery—and sometimes, the dirtiest tricks reveal the starkest truths. Those who wander may lose or find themselves, but they will never come out unchanged. If you’re in the mood for atmospheric autumn reading, […]