Tag: adult fiction

Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Trust me: Linda Wallheim is a sleuth like no other. She’s a devout Mormon, for starters, and the wife of a respected Utah ward bishop. And yet her sense of justice gets her into plenty of trouble, especially in a community so dominated by men-centric rules. She slaps an aging bully who calls his 5-year-old […]

June LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

June LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

LibraryReads has announced its June 2018 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we’ve hunted down the producers of the audio versions and have provided the ordering information. Please note that we have not yet had time […]

Syria and Synesthesia: An Interview with Debut Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Syria and Synesthesia: An Interview with Debut Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s first novel, follows the odyssey of a preteen named Nour. Caught in the crossfires of the Syrian Civil War, Nour’s family loses their home and flees across the Middle East and Northern Africa, searching for safety. To comfort herself, Nour tells her late father’s favorite story about a […]

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Further Reading: Barbara Bush

Further Reading: Barbara Bush

Upon learning of Barbara Bush’s passing last night at the age of 92, my first thought was about what a fascinating lady she was: champion of literacy, doyenne of Kennebunkport, unparalleled rocker of unironic pearl necklaces. My second thought was of her son, but nobody has time to listen to my feelings about him. My […]

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Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Marking the triumphs of Midwestern authors published in 2017, the Society of Midland Authors announced the winners of its annual award today. The ceremony will be held in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, May 8th, to commemorate the winners and their works from the last year. The winning and honored titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, are […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

While I’m addicted to various manga series (click here and here for some of my favorites), I’ve also discovered the satisfaction of single-volume graphic titles offering that perfect balance of fascinating narrative and gorgeously complementary, enhancing art. From goofy to haunting, comforting to challenging, and so much more, don’t miss these recent(-ish) standouts. Boundless, by […]

Philip Kerr, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
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Philip Kerr, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

The news of novelist Philip Kerr’s death on March 23 from cancer at the young age of 62 came as a blow to the author’s devoted fans across the world. As one of those fans and a reviewer of Kerr’s books for many years, I was shaken by the news, especially as I had only […]

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader
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A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader

Originally published in 1943, Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart is a cornerstone of classic Asian-American literature. Drawing on Bulosan’s Filipino boyhood, his immigration to the U.S., and the challenges he faced as a first-generation Asian American, it remains a notable inspiration, most recently highlighted in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s immigration-friendly video of the […]

A Poet’s Novel: Jon Pineda talks LET’S NO ONE GET HURT
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A Poet’s Novel: Jon Pineda talks LET’S NO ONE GET HURT

Even a poetry dullard like me recognizes poet / memoirist / novelist Jon Pineda’s ability to do something spectacular with language. His lean sentences are surprisingly dense, as if to defy their brevity. Surely publishing three award-winning books of poetry helped Pineda hone the exactness of prose—first in his memoir, Sleep in Me (2010), which […]

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The Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist Announced

The much-anticipated longlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced earlier today. With authors from the Middle East, South America, and beyond, the 13 titles on the longlist will narrow to six finalists on April 12, the winner chosen in May. László Krasznahorkai and Han Kang have each been nominated twice, the latter winning […]