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List & Shout: Twins Peak
By November 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

List & Shout: Twins Peak

Twins Are All the Rage These Days This list originally appeared in the November 19, 2018, issue of Booklandia, our FREE newsletter devoted to young-adult and middle-grade lit (never in the same issue). The premise of List & Shout? We make a clever list of YA or MG trends, and you forward it to everyone […]

Best New Books: Week of November 27, 2018
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Best New Books: Week of November 27, 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  Come with Me, by Helen Schulman  Hazards of Time Travel, by Joyce Carol Oates  Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny  The Mortal Word, by Genevieve Cogman  The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose […]

2018 Notable Books According to the Papers

2018 Notable Books According to the Papers

We here at Booklist always love a good year-end list. While we’re compiling our own best-of-the-year roundup, the Editors’ Choice list (to be announced online December 12 and published in our January issue), there has been a flood of wonderful notable lists from national newspapers. The New York Times, for example, has compiled the staggering “100 Notable […]

4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

Adoption is a key theme in Nicole Baart’s latest novel, You Were Always Mine (Atria, October 2018)—perhaps unsurprisingly, given her own family has grown through adoption. Nicole is the mother of five children from four countries and co-founder of the nonprofit One Body One Hope. She is also the author of eight previous novels, including […]

Five More to Go: Gina Apostol’s INSURRECTO
By November 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Gina Apostol’s INSURRECTO

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.   Insurrecto, by Gina Apostol With shrewd insight, inventive plotting, and stinging history lessons, Gina Apostol, who received the PEN Open Book Award for Gun […]

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

This morning, LibraryReads announced its top selections from 2018! Check out the 10 titles below, all linked to their Booklist reviews. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book—vote for your favorite titles today! (Favorite of) Favorite of Favorites Educated, by Tara Westover   Top 10 An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones Circe, by Madeline Miller […]

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 […]