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Mon, October 7th, 2013
Lift-alikes: Books That Work Your Biceps
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Sure, e-books are convenient, you can fit hundreds on a device that fits in your pocket, and no one will catch you reading 50 Shades of Grey on the train. But there’s one place where print books will never, ever be beaten: their ability to Pump. You. Up. Booklist regularly gets some heavyweights in the […]


Fri, December 2nd, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: Madonna’s Sex
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Way over on my lowest, leftmost shelves (right next to the cookbooks, for some unsanitary reason), rests Sex, the […]


Thu, November 17th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The David Mamet Collection
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Visitors to my stately personal library sometimes scoff at the condition of my David Mamet section. Not because they […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Look at this thing. Just look at it. This thing is a battered piece of crap. To the trash […]


Tue, October 11th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The Girdle of Chastity
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) In my defense, anyone’s history collection is going to be filled with some oddball volumes that make you look […]


Mon, June 27th, 2011
Literature Is Illuminating!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Here’s a very cool do-it-yourself reading lamp from HOWTO (via BoingBoing, via Red Ferret).  


Fri, July 30th, 2010
Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]


Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Quirk Classics Unveils Android Karenina Cover
Posted by: Keir Graff

You’ve got to hand it to Quirk Classics. The publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters may be riding their one-trick pony into the ground, but they’re doing it with style. Bloggers, this one included, seem constitutionally incapable of not linking to every new development, from the announcement of the newest […]


Fri, February 12th, 2010
Weeklings: Books Are Elitist, Blogs Are for Old People, and Kirkus Has a New Owner
Posted by: Keir Graff

I finally made time to read Jonathan Mahler’s profile of James Patterson (“James Patterson Inc.” New York Times) — since it was published, two weeks ago, Patterson has already written three more books and signed a contract to publish 38 more. I kid, I kid. But, certainly, this profile of the prolific Patterson’s powerful publishing […]


Mon, October 12th, 2009
Booklist vs. Bookchase
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Seven months ago, four Booklist editors were shown up by the book-themed board game It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Seeing how our scattered egos were approaching reassembly, it was time for another round of humiliation. That’s just how we roll. Thus: Bookchase. The box claims as its audience everyone from “people who have […]





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