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Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried. Though this century is young, […]

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

You’ve Gotta Have Faith: We Need More Children’s Books about Religion and Spirituality

I noticed something as I was preparing the Spotlight on Religion & Spirituality for the November 15, 2014 issue of Booklist. Just as we need more diverse books, we need more books about religion and spirituality as well. There have been some great ones over the years. I think my favorite remains The War of […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

In a recent issue of Booklist, Joyce Saricks wrote about the value of keeping a list of everything we read. For those of us who have been reviewing for Booklist for many years, the magazine (and, more recently, the digital archive behind it) functions as our list. I was thinking about all the books I’ve […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian

Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian

You might know Carrie Mesrobian from her Morris Award-nominated debut, Sex & Violence, or her (ahem) non-Morris-Award-nominated follow-up, Perfectly Good White Boy. Or you might know her because you have a Google Alert for the word “sex” (I take it you have a lot of free time?) and Mesrobian does tend to talk about sex […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
LibraryReads: Favorite of Favorites 2014

LibraryReads: Favorite of Favorites 2014

The first LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites” list is here! Librarians voted for their top titles from the 140 honored since LibraryReads’ began in September 2013. Check out the top ten below, listed in order of votes received and linked to Booklist reviews. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. The Storied Life […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →