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Doing the Devil’s Work
By Bill Loehfelm
Staten Island cocktail waitress turned New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin returns in her third outing (following
, 2013). A officer’s daily patrolling can go wrong in an instant, as Coughlin’s does when she makes a routine traffic stop. The Devil in Her Way
He Reads: Chicago
By David Wright
A Chicago State of Mind
As a West Coast kid with East Coast pretensions, I spent far too long flying over Chicago on the way to someplace else, until a library conference finally drew me into the city’s clasp. Yet through books, I think I’ve always intuited my own version of Chicago as a place that stood in the same relation to America as America does to the world.
She Reads: Chicago
By Kaite Mediatore Stover
For all their clichéd Windy City skirt-tugging, a special breed of women thrives in Chicago. She’s gutsy, resourceful, romantic, articulate, and all with a generous dose of midwestern sass. She takes the sleek sophistication of the East Coast and dolls it up with some glitter. She’s bemused by the beach-paced West Coast and stirs up freshwater waves just because she can. Everyone knows she’s windy, but she’s no blowhard.
Carte Blanche: The Best of the Best?
By Michael Cart
For many years I’ve been in the habit of devoting my January column to an annotated list of my picks of the best books of the preceding year. Alas, it’s a habit I must break this year because I’m serving as chair of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee, and its rules forbid me from writing about any titles that might be under consideration (I had the same problem in 2006 when I chaired the Printz Award Committee). So what will I write about instead?
At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Promoting the Best
By Joyce Saricks
In this issue,
Booklist publishes its best-of-the-year lists with Editors’ Choice and Top of the List selections. What a bonanza of great titles for collection development, displays, promoting to readers, and our own unending to-read lists! (And don’t miss the DVD list in Booklist’s Video Review newsletter this month.) Without reservation, these lists make a great resource for readers’ advisors.
The Back Page: Best Personal Reading, 2014
By Bill Ott
It’s time again to gather our favorite personal reading from 2014. The line between reading (or listening) for pleasure and for work can be difficult to draw for a
Booklist staffer, so we invoke these ground rules: our selections must not be books we reviewed, and they can’t have been released in the past year. This year’s list is notable for a melancholy reason: it includes the final contribution from Gillian Engberg, former Books for Youth editor.
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources, 2014
. 4th ed. Ed. by Bruce Jennings. 6v. 2014. Macmillan, $984 (9780028662053). Bioethics
This new edition has grown to six volumes. An international group of contributors with academic affiliations helps this set continue to bridge the gap between science, medicine, and technology and the philosophical, ethical, religious, legal, and social dilemmas that rapid advances in the laboratory create.