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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 […]

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 […]

You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

Used to be book cover imagery was dominated by faceless women: First, cover girls lost their heads, and then they showed some spine. In recent years, publishers have done an about-face, putting mugs front and center. An increasing number of book covers depict the face in extreme, vivid closeup—so close up, at times, that only an eye or a mouth can […]

I Want to Scream: The Most Important Phrase in YA Lit

I Want to Scream: The Most Important Phrase in YA Lit

I started noticing it around 2008. While reading and reviewing YA novels, the same phrase kept popping up: “I want to scream.” Any simple four-word sentence has a decent chance of being repeated. No big deal, then. But time went by and I kept finding it—not every day, but every couple months or so. Was I the only one noticing […]

Hold Your Breath and Click: Tiny Stories on Twitter

Hold Your Breath and Click: Tiny Stories on Twitter

It’s fascinating to see writers using social media in new ways. Here’s a trend waiting to happen: choose your own adventure Twitter stories! Earlier this year, mobile developer Terence Eden read a cool new book and wanted to promote it to more people. The Wanderer, by Timothy J. Jarvis, which Eden describes as “an eldritch horror […]

Surprising Bestsellers: Adult Coloring Books

Surprising Bestsellers: Adult Coloring Books

They’re not prurient … but they’re popular! Adult coloring books are all the rage, and proponents claim they are an excellent stress reducer. CNN reports that they “are being marketed to stressed-out, work-addled adults, who want to benefit from the quiet zen that a coloring session can bring.” Popular titles include Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure […]

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Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles
By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles

It’s hard to gauge the effect of a single-letter book title on potential readers. Excitement, perhaps, because of the author’s boldness? Curiosity, maybe, because of the title’s minimalism? The imminent publication of Howard Jacobson’s J (yesterday’s Review of the Day on Booklist Online) had me wondering whether I could assemble an abecedary of the world’s briefest […]

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]

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Jennifer Egan's "Black Box," Tweet by Tweet

Jennifer Egan's "Black Box," Tweet by Tweet

I’ve been a Jennifer Egan fan since her first book, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995, so I was thrilled at the triumph of her most recent novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was Booklist‘s 2011 Top of the List, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rumor has […]

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