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Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box cutters have been on my mind lately. First of all, I’m reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s fine follow-up to his superb debut, Shovel Ready, in which series antihero Spademan is a killer for hire. His weapon of choice: a box cutter. More conventional weapons are in short supply in Spademan’s world—a postapocalyptic New York […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

Lots of links of interest. First up: Cory Doctorow says “Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!” This BoingBoing blog post says what many in the audiobook world have been thinking about the changing marketplace. A FABULOUS three-part series on Teenreeds.com by Shara Zaval that provides an incredible, in-depth look at […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls

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? […]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Book Trailer Thursday: Horrorstör

Book Trailer Thursday: Horrorstör

Many of us are familiar with a certain Scandinavian superstore whose name rhymes with “I’ll see ya!” Some of us might even love spending a whole day there, blissed-out on minimalist design, open-faced sandwiches and how good our Swedish is starting to sound! For some, though, a trip to I’ll-see-ya! is below a trip to the […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →