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Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

Aretha Franklin: A Bibliography

  Aretha Franklin has died. In her lifetime, the musical giant inspired a trove of books about or inspired by her outsized legacy. In tribute, we offer this bibliography of recommended titles linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews—a small fraction of the books in which Franklin appears as a key figure in Black history, Civil […]

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Cover Trend: Animal Heads

Cover Trend: Animal Heads

When the amazing cover for the new story collection from Kevin Wilson (of Family Fang fame) popped up in my Twitter feed, I did a double take: as arresting as it is, I could have sworn I’d seen something like it before. Then it occurred to me: Hanif Abdurraqib’s They Can’t Kill Us until They Kill […]

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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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Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Cindy: We recently discovered two stunning picture books, both from small presses, featuring jungle animals and stories that read like modern folktales. One is Lantana Press’ You’re Safe With Me (2018), by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry. Thank you, Lerner, for distributing this gorgeous picture book in the U. S. and Canada. I was drawn […]

Reviews of the Week, with Tana French, Nick Mamatas, Neal Shusterman, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Tana French, Nick Mamatas, Neal Shusterman, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 6–10 below.   Monday, August 6 The Witch Elm, by Tana French French, author of the award-winning Dublin Murder Squad series, delivers a spellbinding […]

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THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

Lynn: Veera Hiranandani puts the well-loved structure of the fictional diary to exquisite use in her latest novel. InThe Night Diary (2018), 12-year-old Nisha receives a diary as a birthday gift from Kazi, the family servant who has raised and cared for Nisha and her twin brother after their mother died giving birth to them. Nisha […]

We Love You, Laura Jean: YA Romance with Secrets, Family, and Heart

We Love You, Laura Jean: YA Romance with Secrets, Family, and Heart

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before starts streaming on Netflix on August 17. The film—whose trailer (above) has accrued more than four million views at the time of this writing—began as a 2015 novel from Jenny Han, which imbues a night-sweat inducing scenario (all your secret crushes find out!) with humor, charm, and swoon-worthy romance. […]

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Radio Mysteries: Jon McGregor on THE RESERVOIR TAPES

Radio Mysteries: Jon McGregor on THE RESERVOIR TAPES

The ominous disappearance of a 13-year-old girl from an English village is the catalyst for Jon McGregor’s remarkable novel in linked stories, The Reservoir Tapes, originally broadcast on the BBC and out this week in the U. S. from Catapult. I talked with him about writing for radio, village life, and fascination.   MICHAEL CART: Would you describe […]

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Best New Books: Week of August 7, 2018

Best New Books: Week of August 7, 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  Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, by Kevin Wilson  Belleweather, by Susanna Kearsley  The Bouncer, by David Gordon  Conscience, by Alice Mattison  The Court Dancer, by Kyung-Sook Shin  The Distance Home, by Paula Saunders  If You […]

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BLOOD WATER PAINT: Artemisia Gentileschi for YAs

BLOOD WATER PAINT: Artemisia Gentileschi for YAs

Cindy: I’ve been fascinated by the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi ever since I read Susan Vreeland’s novel, The Passion of Artemisia (2002), while serving on the Best Books for Young Adults YALSA committee when it still included adult books in its charge. When I learned about the new debut YA novel Blood Water Paint (2018) […]

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