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         July 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Middle-Grade Reading
Core Collection: Ramona    Quimby's Cousins
Spotlight on Business
Top 10 Business Books
Hit Men Tell Tales
High-Demand Hot List
The Booklist Carnegie    Medal Interview,    Nonfiction
The Booklist Carnegie    Medal Interview,    Fiction
At Leisure With Joyce    Saricks: In Praise of    Browsing
Read-Alikes: Life After    the Apocalypse
High-Demand Hot List For    Youth
Outgoing Mail: Marcel    Proust


Donna Tartt and Doris    Kearns Goodwin Win    Andrew Carnegie    Medals for Excellence in    Fiction and Nonfiction
Great Listens: Authors    Who Read Themselves
Great Reads: Lost Vegas
Fast Reads: 5 Crime    Novels about Getaway    Drivers
Politico Thrillers: 8    Washington Insiders    Who'd Rather Be Writing
Murder Castles and Urban    Infernos: 7 Historical    Mysteries Set in    Nineteenth-Century    Cities
Art Noir: 12 Graphic    Novels Where Crime Is    Shaded Gray
When Friends Let    Friends' Fists Do the    Talking

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Half a World Away
By Cynthia Kadohata

Jaden is fascinated by electricity, which always relaxes him. And relaxation is important to the 12-year-old who was abandoned by his mother when he was 4 and adopted from Romania when he was 8. He has been told by doctors that he is a textbook case of a troubled, older adopted child.

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read-alikes_life-after Read-alikes: Life after the Apocalypse
By Donna Seaman

Six years ago, Booklist took stock of postapocalyptic fiction in a core collection, “Before and After The Road,” by Keir Graff. As this particular strain of speculative novel appears to show no sign of slackening, we take, admittedly, rather morbid pleasure in presenting a more recent selection of postoil, postgrid, post–financial collapse, postpandemic tales by exceptional writers.

A History of the Future . By James Howard Hunstler. 2014. Atlantic Monthly, $24 (9780802122520).

cc_ramona_ Core Collection: Ramona Quimby’s Cousins
By Sarah Hunter

There’s a reason Beverly Cleary’s well-loved middle-grade series about Ramona Quimby is still in print nearly five decades after its debut: Ramona’s hopeful, grouchy, persistent, spunky, and befuddled elementary-age personality is instantly recognizable and relatable. Cleary masterfully combined realistic situations, such as Ramona’s parents’ arguments or concerns about money, with Ramona’s innocent misunderstandings, foot-stomping impatience, and wide-eyed earnestness. The result is a funny and engaging series.

hit-men-tell-tales Hit Men Tell Tales
By Joyce Saricks

Business as a subject probably suggests nonfiction to most readers (and listeners). But not to all of us. Sometimes the business of business, and certainly of career paths, is more interestingly explored in fiction, as I realized when I listened to Shane Kuhn’s The Intern’s Handbook and started thinking about all the crime fiction told from the assassin’s point of view. I’ve no plans to change careers yet, but if I wanted to, there are plenty of fictional guidebooks available on how to kill for a living.

top10-adult_business Top 10 Business Books: 2014
By Brad Hooper

“Business” touches us all, whether you are actively engaged in sales, marketing, investing, or starting a business. Just buying groceries involves you in business. The diversity of the business world is reflected in our choices for the best business books reviewed in Booklist between July 2013 and May 15, 2014.

Before Happiness . By Shawn Achor. 2013. Crown Business, $26 (9780770436735).

The concept here is fairly simple

voice-of-choice_2014_f1 Voice of Choice: Robin Miles
By Joyce Saricks

Robin Miles—actor, educator, director, and audiobook narrator par excellence—brings Yale Drama School training, an ear for authentic accents, melodic cadences, and a demonstrated commitment to connecting listeners to the heart of an author’s work. What more could we ask of Booklist’s Voice of Choice for 2014?

Miles appeared on the stage and on television for several years before she discovered audiobook narrating.

Doris Kearns Goodwin The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Doris Kearns Goodwin
By Brad Hooper

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, author of, among other distinguished works, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005), upon which much of Steven Spielberg’s recent movie Lincoln (2012) was based, and most recently The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism(2013). It was about this most recent of her vastly compelling books, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, that Booklist and Goodwin had a stimulating dialogue.
Donna Tartt The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Donna Tartt
By Donna Seaman

As exquisitely literary a writer as she is a best-selling novelist, Donna Tartt grew up book-struck in Mississippi; acquired two literary guardians—Barry Hannah and Willie Morris—while at the University of Mississippi; then attended Bennington College in Vermont, along with writers Brett Easton Ellis and Jonathan Lethem. She was only 28 when her first novel, The Secret History (1992), was published to high acclaim and embraced by a fervent readership.

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