Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from March 16–20 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In the eighth post of our Publishing U series, literary agent Joanna MacKenzie offers practical advice on meeting with agents and editors at writers’ conferences, and considers the value of honing your pitch to perfection.
First Wes Anderson’s gorgeous film The Grand Budapest Hotel wins four academy awards. Now The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is climbing its way up the box office charts. Seems that hotels are the perfect place to have characters explore who they really are when the neighbors aren’t watching. Of course, novelists have known this for years.
(Note: Not all books have actual bellhops. I just like alliteration. A lot.)
The March 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 299 new reviews and ALA’s 2015 Best Lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in.
Cindy: While much of the country waits for huge piles of snow to melt—let alone spring flowers to bloom—readers can brighten their winter world with Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (2015).