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Falling for Paris

Falling for Paris

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. To which I might add: It’s been seventy-five years since we first read of Madeline’s adventures before going to bed. We might associate the City of Light with springtime, but there’s no bad time to visit […]

November 2014 LibraryReads
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November 2014 LibraryReads

We’re nearing mid-month, which means next month’s LibraryReads are here! These are the ten books publishing in November that participating librarians voted their favorites, with Us, by David Nicholls, earning most fans. Check out all ten titles below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Find our take on a few more, like Mortal Heart and Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, in forthcoming […]

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

I just finished reading the wonderful The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a multi-voiced, literary gem—think The Tortilla Curtain (1995) meets Light in the Piazza (with a whisper of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007). It reminded me of some of the other great American immigrant fiction of the past few decades. […]

Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

With all the talk of Ebola in the news, you might find that your copy of The Hot Zone (1994) is currently checked out. But never fear, there are a plethora of riveting and entirely “readable” medical books waiting to scare inform patrons about something else! And I’ll bet people have no idea what is waiting […]

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

Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls
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Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls

Despite our editors’ voracious appetite for the written word and passion for rock-solid reviews, some Booklist issue spotlights are just easier to craft than others. The July Spotlight on Business is notoriously tricky, not only because we receive fewer books about penny-pinching than we do zombie-slaying, but also because—let’s face it: we’re word people. Statistics? […]

Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Reading the review of Jan Karon’s new Mitford book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, brought a smile to my face. Father Tim is not a character, he is an old friend. I have been mad at him, I have been jealous of him, I have been moved by him. There are old friends that you mute […]

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China
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Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Last night, I was fortunate to find myself at the Goodman Theatre for a “friends and family” preview of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play, The World of Extreme Happiness. It’s a fairly brutal, sometimes funny play about a young woman, Sunny, who has left the countryside for city life and a demeaning job at Jade River, a factory that is […]

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite middle-school library contests is a First Lines Contest. We challenge students and staff to plunder the library collection to find strong opening lines that make them want to read more. This makes an easy bulletin board or website post and is a great kick-off to the school year. It’s […]

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I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

After 300 years as part of the United Kingdom, Scottish residents are voting on whether or not to become an independent country. You can show your solidarity by throwing on a kilt and binge-watching Sean Connery movies—or, you can transport yourself to the land of Loch Ness with these compelling reads. Be Near Me, by […]