Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first “Classic Returns” column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and philosophers, not to mention a lagniappe of French lit.

Regular & Irregular Books of the Season | What We’re Reading

New and seasoned “What We’re Reading” contributors discuss the books on their minds this week.

Busting & Building Bubbles | What We’re Reading

The “What We’re Reading” crew on books that extend outside their comfort zone, aka bubble-busting books. A few bubble-building books creep into the narrative too…

Preturkey, Postelection Tomes | What We’re Reading

Here’s “What We’re Reading” in these postelection, pre-Thanksgiving times

After Best Books, Dampness, Rants, Ferrante, & Apps | What We’re Reading

After Best Books selection and Halloween, some breathing space for new books and new ideas

Pack Leaders: Maria Goodavage Embeds with Secret Service Dogs

Veteran reporter and author Maria ­Goodavage goes behind the scenes with the hardworking dogs (and their humans) in Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States. Here, she talks about the daring animals’ training, provenance, and special bond with their handlers.

Home States, Red States, Mental States, Brontë Estates | What We’re Reading

In the lead-up to Halloween, “What We’re Reading” staffers check out some subtly scary and satisfying reads.

Reading Bob Dylan

Here are a few recommended reads about the Nobel-winning troubadour, rock and roll’s poetry man.

PIs, Librarians, Dystopias, Dogs, & Loser Porn | What We’re Reading

This week the “What We’re Reading” team members from LJ/School Library Journal & Junior Library Guild range far and wide in fiction realms, from a utopian society with a dark side to Long Island and NYC to Loserland to WWII France to Los Angeles.

The Banned, the Bands, Autobios, & More | Classic Returns

In honor of Banned Books Week, we present two censored authors and many other icons and iconoclasts of yore.