Fiction

Book Hunters in Brief #128: Stormy Weather Reads

A lot of hoity-toity writers will tell you that using weather--especially bad weather--to evoke their characters inner state is something only bad and/or lazy writers do. As far as I can tell, it's something all writers do. Has it ever not rained on a fictional funeral? Has a monster ever emerged from its lair without flashes of lightning in the distance? Has a hard-boiled detective ever hunched through the mean streets waxing darkly on the general inhumanity of humans without a chill wind against which he turns up his trench coat's collar?

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Book Hunters in Brief #123: Books for Fans of Beyoncé's Lemonade

This week Book Hunters, like nearly everyone else with ears and even the least bit of cultural awareness, were abuzz with talk of Beyonce's Lemonade. So today, we offer a selection of books inspired in one way or another by the album.

Slip on the beats, see what you think.

Book Hunters in Brief #122: Take Your Child to Work Day

Next Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day, and Book Hunters encourages you, if at all possible, to participate. "But," you say, "my job isn't very exciting." Maybe not to you, but to your kid, it is. It takes up a big part of your day and it represents a big part of who you are, and your child will be excited to get to share it with you.

Book Hunters in Brief #119: You Never Know What You'll Find at the Library

This week Book Hunters in Brief celebrates the surprises,both large and small, that any given visit to your library may provide.

Here are a few old and new titles that we just couldn't believe we missed.

Book Hunters in Brief #116: Pi Day

The great thing about Pi Day is that it gives people like me the chance to celebrate something we do not understand in the least with something we understand so well it amounts to genetic memory; namely Pi and pie, respectively.

Book Hunters in Brief #110: African American History Month 2016

This week, Book Hunters in Brief presents some great books for teen and tween readers in celebration of African American History Month.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers

Maplecroft


Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks, and when she saw what she had done, she wrote in her journal, “Just saved the world, son.”

Book Hunters in Brief #106: New Year, New Authors

There is nothing that makes the striking of midnight between December 31 and January 1 significantly different than the other three hundred sixty-four midnights of the year. It is only the fact that a couple thousand years ago a guy in a toga decided that it was as good a place as any to end one year and begin another. It's arbitrary (just ask one of the billion or so people who will celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 7).

Book Hunters in Brief #105: Shakespearean Spin-Offs

If nothing else, you have to admire the courage of a writer who can look at one of the acknowledged masterworks of perhaps the greatest single body of work in the western canon--Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, King Lear--and ask herself, "What if I...?" If that same writer takes it a step farther and answers the question for herself on paper for all the world to see, well, you just have tip your hat, hoist your glass, give a few hearty "huzzahs" and keep your fingers crossed that she isn't hoisted with her own petard (to borrow a phrase from Big Bill).

That's what Book Hunters in Brief is doing this week: saluting some serious literary chutzpah with these Shakespearean spin-offs.

Book Hunters in Brief #101: Books for Native American Heritage Month

This week in honor of Native American Heritage Month, Book Hunters offers books for children, teens and adults written by Native American authors.

For Children:
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

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