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Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert’s novel in stories, Our Kind (2004), moves from collective to individual voices as country-club housewives from the 1950s pass through the ’60s to the ’70s, transitioning from newlyweds to empty-nesters, from selfless to independent. A dark, brave, sad humor can be found in many observations in the book. The women accept but secretly lament lost loves […]

2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Kirkus Prize, announced yesterday at a ceremony in Austin Texas. Fifty thousand dollars in prize money is annually bestowed on the three winners. Find our reviews of these winning titles, linked below. Fiction Euphoria, by Lily King   Nonfiction Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast   […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

Look at that box! Don’t you want to know what’s in it? Aren’t you just dying for a peek? Well, we’ll never divulge the contents, but we can tell you it’s worth having—and, if you can use scissors, construction paper, and a glue stick, you have an excellent chance of having the Booklist Mystery Box delivered […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Book Trailer Thursday: Nightmares!

Book Trailer Thursday: Nightmares!

Is Charlie Laird’s new stepmom a kooky herbalist or something much more sinister, as the gloopy purple potion she gleefully pulls from the refrigerator would lead one to suspect? Jason Segel might occasionally co-star with Kermit, but with Kirsten Miller he wrote Nightmares! (Delacorte), a spooky middle-grade novel centered around Charlie, his newly-horrible home life, […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]