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March 15, 2018           BOOKLIST

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Top 10 Series Nonfiction:    2018
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Listen-alikes: Sweet    Sounds and Healing    Words

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January 2018

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Review Of The Day
The Music Shop
by Rachel Joyce, Read by Steven Hartley

Frank sells records: classical, jazz, pop—anything as long as it’s on vinyl. But it’s 1988, and CDs are being heavily promoted, so his sales are falling. Frank is committed to vinyl, though, and prides himself in his ability to “read” his customers and give them exactly the piece of music they need, even if they can’t express what they want. When he meets—and falls for—Ilse Brauchmann, who faints outside his shop, he discovers that, curiously, she emits no vibes.

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Listen-alikes_Sweet_f1.jpgListen-alikes: Sweet Sounds and Healing Words
by Joyce Saricks

For listeners who appreciate narrator Steven Hartley’s sublime reading of The Music Shop, here are other superbly narrated titles that evoke a similar mood while celebrating the power of music and books.

Top-10_SNF-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Series Nonfiction: 2018
by Julia Smith

What do Bigfoot, Yosemite National Park, squishy robots, and the Civil War all have in common? They’re topics covered by our 10 best new nonfiction series for youth, all reviewed in Booklist between April 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018.

column_back-page_f1.jpgThe Back Page: Root Canal Read-Alikes
by Bill Ott

What should you think about while having a root canal, something that will keep your mind off what’s going on deep in your jaw? It’s true most root canals don’t actually hurt all that much—thank you, novocaine!—but the discomfort level is off the charts.

P-Word_f1.jpgThe P-Word: A Brief Survey of Puberty in Middle-Grade Novels
by Julia Smith

Where are the puberty books for middle-graders, novels that go beyond first crushes and awkwardness into the murky depths of periods, pimples, and pubic hair?

column_every-book_f1.jpgEvery Book Its Reader: What Women Want from Women in Fiction
by Neil Hollands

I’ve always been curious as to whether women feel represented by their portrayal as characters. Since “Hey, Lucy, I’ve got some mansplaining to do” would not be a popular start to my column, I sought help via social media and email from my female friends for their thoughts on the subject.

now-hear-this-Entwistle_f1.jpgNow Hear This: Jayne Entwistle
by Joyce Saricks

Adult listeners have long been charmed by Entwistle’s delightful portrayal of Flavia de Luce, who first appeared in Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in 2009. Younger listeners can choose from a wealth of titles to experience Entwistle’s lively storytelling and often irrepressible but always involving characterizations.

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