A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

Lynn: Looking for a great spooky book to hand teens as Halloween approaches? Cherie Priest’s The Agony House (2018) is a perfect choice! High-school senior Denise, her mom, and new stepdad are the newest residents of Argonne House in New Orleans. Over 100 years old and standing alone on a hurricane-ravaged block, the house is literally falling down around their ears.

Cover Trend Alert: Title Title Title Title Title

I’m a big fan of text-only and typographically interesting covers, so I did a big swoon when I saw the cover of Jill Soloway’s upcoming memoir She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchyand I was oh-so-pleased when a friend told me about Hey Ladies, a book told entirely through emails, and I discovered its cover also featured the title printed many times in different colors.

Hungry for Love: 16 Tales of Food-Based Romance

Food has the ability to engage at least four of our basic senses, five if you count the sound of popcorn popping or the sizzle of a hot steak. Is it really surprising that food is often an important ingredient in romance fiction? Couple that sensory appeal with just how steamy things can get in the kitchen—is it the stove or the way-too-sexy chef giving off all that heat?—and authors have all the fixings for a delectable story guaranteed to satisfy any reader’s craving for romance.

2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize committee announced the shortlist for its 2018 award, with the winner to be announced on October 16. Find the shortlist titles below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. (Everything Under and The Long Take will be published in January, while Milkman doesn’t yet have a U.S. publication date.)


Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson

The Long Take, by Robin Robertson

Book Trailer Thursday: HIP & HOP IN THE HOUSE!

Hip is a bunny who raps super fast, while Hop is a turtle who raps super slow. Apart, their rapping doesn’t catch on with the crowd, and it is only by teaming up that they can grab the attention of the residents of Oldskool county. Hip and Hop in the House! collects both Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop! (2010) and its sequel, Yes, Yes, Yaul! (2012), and packages them together with a never-before-published comic adventure.

HOW WE ROLL: A Novel of Identity and Friendship

Lynn: On the first day of high school in a new town, with a chance to make a new life, Quinn looks at the two wigs on her bureau. Should she be Guinevere or Sasha? It’s been 408 days since she lost all her hair to an autoimmune disorder, during which time her eighth-grade friends drifted away and a horrible incident during a party game turned her life to misery for a spell. Now she wants to fit in, be normal, and stay under the radar.