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 September 15, 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Romance
Story Behind The Story:    Taking A Break
Core Collection: Gay and    Lesbian Romance Novels
Top 10 Romance Fiction
Transgender Teens and    Romance
Top 10 Romance Fiction    for Youth
Talking With: Sara Farizan
Core Collection: Regency    Romance Authors on    Audio
Spotlight on Travel
Best Travel Series of the    Year: 2014
Travel Guide Roundup:    Fall 2014
Top 10 Literary Travel    Books
The Back Page: Drivel


Great Reads: Sports    Without Balls
Great Reads: Stay Inside!
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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Review Of The Day
The Infinite Sea
By Rick Yancey

While The 5th Wave (2013) was a sprawling apocalyptic vision of an Earth stomped to near submission by aliens, this sequel goes small, condensing its time frame to focus on a small band of despairing heroes. The result is an even better book

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top10-youth_romance Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth
By Ilene Cooper

Across time, space, and trilogies, love triumphs. These romantic titles for youth were reviewed in Booklist from September 15, 2013, to September 1, 2014.

Ask Again Later. By Liz Czukas. 2014. HarperTeen, paper, $9.99 (9780062272393). Gr. 7–12.

Heart LaCoeur must decide whom to date for the prom in this choose-your-own-adventure-style romance that’s pure fun.

A Blind Spot for Boys. By Justina Chen. 2014. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316102537). Gr. 10–12.

top10-adult_romance Top 10 Romance Fiction: 2014
By Donna Seaman

The best romance novels reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2013, and September 1, 2014, include not only irresistible stories of obstacles to love and love’s triumph but also incisive tales of exile, war, crime, and sacrifice. Ranging from serious and affecting to riotously sexy and funny, our top romances are all page-turners.

A Beauty So Rare. By Tamera Alexander. 2014. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764206238); e-book, $14.99 (9781441263490).

great-reads Great Reads: Sports without Balls
By Keir Graff

Humankind’s fascination with ball games dates back at least two millennia to the Olmecs, who made, and played with, rubber balls. (The fact that the Aztecs later sometimes paid for losses with their lives should provide some useful perspective to modern-day pros complaining about harsh treatment from the media.) With the media coverage given to football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and sometimes even soccer, some days it’s easy to believe we’ve never progressed beyond that early obsession.

another-look-at_tunis Another Look At: John R. Tunis
By Bill Ott

For many boys in the 1950s, the most romantic words in the English language were center field. As the years passed, our sense of romance changed a bit (for one thing, Willie Mays got old), but the allure of center field never left us completely. Speed and power—the yin and yang of baseball—come together in all the great centerfielders: DiMaggio, Mays, Mantle, Snider, and . . . Roy Tucker, the Kid from Tomkinsville, the hero of John R. Tunis’ wonderful baseball books.

banned-books Celebrate Banned Books Week with Graphic Novels
By Eva Volin

Launched in 1982 in response to a surge in reported book challenges in schools, bookstores, and libraries, Banned Books Week (held this year on September 21–27) is a time when hundreds of libraries and bookstores across the country set up displays, host events, and stage read-ins to help focus attention on the problem of censorship.

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: RA and the Freedom to Read
By Joyce Saricks

Preparations for Banned Books Week, when librarians celebrate everyone’s right to read, have been on my mind. I’m always surprised at some of the titles I find on the list issued by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom; it’s hard to imagine that Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye are still regularly challenged. The yearly celebration of our right to read creates opportunities to display our favorite banned and challenged books and perhaps even to reread them.

top10-audio_sports Top 10 Sports Audiobooks: 2014
By Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Let’s get ready to rumble with this selection of outstanding sports titles, spanning age levels, interests, and viewpoints. The titles were reviewed in Booklist between June 2012 and July 2014.

The Art of Fielding. By Chad Harbach. Read by Holter Graham. 2012. 16hr. Hachette, CD, $26.98 (9781611132106).

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