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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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Reviews of the Week, with Maurene Goo, Michael Ondaatje, Jo Nesbø, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Maurene Goo, Michael Ondaatje, Jo Nesbø, 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 April 9–13 below.   Monday, April 9  The Language of Spells, by Garret Weyr Weyr’s lovely and lyrical middle-grade novel interjects modern history into a […]

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The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

As we near the middle of National Library Week, let’s consider the 10 most challenged books of 2017. The list, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released this week, draws on data from across the country. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts […]

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 […]

Reviews of the Week, With Sok-Yong Hwang, Melba Pattillo Beals, Jana Casale, and More!

Reviews of the Week, With Sok-Yong Hwang, Melba Pattillo Beals, Jana Casale, 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 April 2–6 below.   Monday, April 2  Familiar Things, by Sok-Yong Hwang Award-winning Korean author Hwang (The Ancient Garden, 2010) presents a coming-of-age story about two […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Since I recently shared some utterly satisfying single-volume graphic titles for adults, I figured I should point out a few outstanding titles for middle-grade and YA readers, as well. That said, so-called grown-ups will surely find many of these titles just as satisfying. Equal literary opportunities for all! Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol Caldecott Honor […]

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 […]

Best New Books: Week of April 2, 2018

Best New Books: Week of April 2, 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  A Necessary Evil, by Abir Mukherjee  American by Day, by Derek B. Miller  Bad Cops, by Nick Oldham  First Person, by Richard Flanagan  Grey Sister, by Mark Lawrence  How to Be Safe, by Tom McAllister  Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison  The Circumstantial […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Rachel Kushner, Madeleine Albright, Tom McAllister, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Rachel Kushner, Madeleine Albright, Tom McAllister, 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 March 19–23 below.   Monday, March 26  The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner The Mars Room is a seedy San Francisco strip club, a dark […]