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Announcing the 2018 Notable Books List!

February 15, 2018

The Reference and User Services Association’s Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2018 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced during the American Library Association’s…

Book Club Choices: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

February 15, 2018

This is a story of loss, abuse and madness. When Willow’s parents die in a car accident, she and her sister Lily are placed in a foster home. If the loss of her parents isn’t enough, Lilly a charming and very young girl is adopted leaving Willow all alone–until, that is, she is placed with…

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fictin 2018 winner, Manhattan Beach

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2018

February 14, 2018

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction was announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Learn more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan From New York mobsters to the…

Book Club Choices: City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

February 8, 2018

Riddled with survivor’s guilt, Brand, who has lost everything to the Nazis – his wife, his sister, his parents – heads to Palestine following his release from the camp. He is not alone in this and the British Mandate caps the number of Jewish immigrants it will allow into the country. This forces Brand to…

Listen to the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist Webinar Archive!

February 5, 2018

Missed the Booklist Carnegie Shortlist webinar? Now you can listen to the archive! Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom moderated a free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beachi, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the…

Ayobami Adebayo on OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerd Podcast

February 2, 2018

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the latest Book Club Central selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association, joins Professional Book Nerd all the way from Nigeria to discuss her moving novel Stay with Me. Adebayo also discusses how she built a character out of her surroundings, studying under legendary authors, and realizing that there…

Book Club Choices: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

February 1, 2018

This novel is truly lovely, dark, and deep. It follows two teenaged girls—Lacey, who is extremely damaged, and Dex, a sort of nobody on rungs of the high school popularity ladder. Until Lacey finds her and takes her under her wing, Dex was simply content to work hard at school and enjoy her comfortable family…

Cozy Reads for Winter 2018

January 30, 2018

What’s a cozy? No, not that thing your grandmother put on her teapot. In the mystery world, a cozy is a traditional whodunit where the focus is on an amateur sleuth in a small, self-contained community. This kind of mystery is distinguished by what it doesn’t have―no graphic violence, intimacy, or language. Think of Murder,…

Sue Halpern at the Robbers Library

January 29, 2018

We were so struck by the library setting in Sue Halpern’s new novel, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, which received a starred review in Booklist’s November 15, 2017 issue, we decided to contact her at her home in Vermont and find out more about what inspired her to write about a small, struggling New…

Book Club Choices: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

January 25, 2018

Arthur Pepper is a lonely man. His wife has died and his children are distant — one geographically and one emotionally. What saves Arthur from total despair is a hermit-like routine from which he will not deviate. His closest companion is a fern that he nurtures each day. A kindly neighbor, Bernadette, comes to visit…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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