Mobile Menu Mobile Search

Booklist Online: More than 170,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association First time here?


You must be logged in to read full text of reviews.

> Logged-in users can make lists, save searches, e-mail, and more!

> Try a free trial or subscribe today

| | | | | | | | |
Review Of The Day
The Fifth Petal
by Brunonia Barry

Salem police chief John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney, reaches back in time to solve the death of a teenage boy on Halloween night. When this case looks like it might tie into the “Goddess Murders,” a 1989 triple homicide of three women descended from accused Salem witches, he enlists the help of the daughter of one of the goddess victims.

    >>Read More

top10-arts-youth-2016_f1.jpgTop 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2016
by Sarah Hunter

From ballet and punk rock, to photography, to weird and wonderful paper sculpture, this year’s top 10 arts books, reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2015, through October 15, 2016, will bring the studio, gallery, and concert hall to your shelves.

top10-arts-2016_f1.jpgTop 10 Arts Books: 2016
by Donna Seaman

In-depth looks at ballet and performance art, the Godfather of Soul and the Chairman of the Board, and a revered impressionist painter and the artists of the American Revolution are among the best arts books reviewed in Booklist between November 1, 2015, and October 15, 2016.

Core-Groundhog-Days_f1.jpgCore Collection: Groundhog Days
by Sarah Hunter

Time loops are nothing new as far as narrative devices are concerned, but the 1993 film Groundhog Day gave us perhaps the best iteration: a time loop as an opportunity to perfect one terrible day and contemplate what makes existence meaningful. The premise walks a tightrope between alluring fantasy and horror show: What could be better than an opportunity to correct embarrassing mistakes? And what could be worse than being doomed to see the same events play out for an eternity?

top10-short-story_f1.jpgTop 10 Short Story Collections for Youth
by Maggie Reagan

Authors join forces to craft stories on myriad topics in this collection of standout—and sometimes overlooked—anthologies, all published within the last five years.

another-look-at_Lesser-Blessed_f1.jpgAnother Look At: Richard Van Camp’s The Lesser Blessed
by Daniel Kraus

It’s safe to say that those of us lucky enough to have stumbled across Richard Van Camp’s debut novel during its small 2004 U.S. release haven’t forgotten it. Why did we pick it up? Maybe it was Sherman Alexie, who offered one of those rare blurbs that sums up the book better than any review: “First Nation noir madness this book is, I love it, and I’m sorta scared of it, too. Van Camp writes like a dream (or a nightmare).”

column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: Bill and the Best
by Michael Cart

The late Bill Morris, more formally William C. Morris, was sui generis, a nonpareil, one of a kind. The longtime—and legendary—Vice President for Library Promotion at HarperCollins, Bill loved books for young readers, and he especially loved discovering new voices and telling others about it in wonderfully creative ways, often by making it possible for tyro talent to visit libraries and schools, a practice that Bill pioneered. It was through him that I had my first introduction to gifted writers like Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Brooks, Chris Lynch, William Joyce, and a host of others as they were launching their careers.

| | | | | | | | |