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Tue, December 4th, 2012
Self-Help Books and Me
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist‘s December 1 Spotlight on Science and Health, now live on Booklist Online, has me thinking about self-help books. After all, many self-help books offer, or purport to offer, the science of health—tools for assessment that, if acted upon, can improve the reader’s physical or mental well-being. We don’t review a lot of self-help books […]


Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Tue, January 10th, 2012
Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Walter Dean Myers spoke with NPR this morning about his new appointment as The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I loved his quote that “reading is not optional,” along with his emphasis on the importance of reading to very young children. Also great is his anecdote about his own early reading […]


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 18th, 2011
Two Authors, Double the Fun
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Step one, read Saul Bellow’s lengthy masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March. That is this fall’s selection for One Book, One Chicago, the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Public Library program. I read Augie March years ago, and was amazed to find that I remembered most vividly the sections set in Mexico, and recalled little […]


Tue, September 20th, 2011
More Book Crimes
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Earlier this year, my esteemed colleague Dan Kraus wrote a manifesto (My 2011 YA Wishlist) outlining the seven things we need to see less of in teen fiction. Well, in the spirit of making this a regular feature around here, here’s another report from what we’ll be calling the Booklist Book Crimes division. Think of it […]


Mon, August 1st, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: Shane, by Jack Schaefer
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last Friday, having finished my assigned reading, I found myself faced with a very rare situation: I had nothing to read on the way home from work. I scanned my office shelves looking for something on my New Year’s resolution reading list. Inexplicably in the mood for a western, I was hoping I had a […]


Tue, June 28th, 2011
Minority Report: Broader Perspectives for Young Black Men
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

With the frenzy of another school year ended, I’ve had the time to reflect on the past year – one where I was fortunate enough to be able to send both my sons abroad. The 8th grader went to Barcelona with his Spanish class, the college senior went to Tanzania in a semester abroad program. […]


Tue, February 8th, 2011
Romance Not Deadly at Love Is Murder
Posted by: Keir Graff

Those who read this issue of REaD ALERT last fall know that I am no expert in romance (the genre, I mean, not the art of)–in fact, a couple of them sent me e-mails, strongly worded, decrying my lack of expertise. There are, of course, many holes in my reading knowledge, but for my New Year’s resolution, […]


Mon, January 3rd, 2011
My 2011 YA Wishlist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Booklist hallway. Where are we?  Off writing our 2011 manifestos. It is entirely possible that we in the Booklist youth brigade read more YA books than anyone else in the freakin’ world. You can’t do this and not start to feel a pang of despair when you’ve seen the same plot device, character quirk, […]





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