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Review Of The Day
by Julie Buntin

In Buntin’s vivid debut, Cat, now a New York City public librarian in her thirties, tells the story of the friendship that changed her forever. Fifteen and stinging from her parents’ recent divorce, Cat has already decided that she’ll be different in freezing, rugged Silver Lake, Michigan, from the nerdy, do-gooder “Cathy” she was back in Pontiac.

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another-look-at_Lesser-Blessed_f1.jpgAnother Look At: Richard Van Camp’s The Lesser Blessed
by Daniel Kraus

It’s safe to say that those of us lucky enough to have stumbled across Richard Van Camp’s debut novel during its small 2004 U.S. release haven’t forgotten it. Why did we pick it up? Maybe it was Sherman Alexie, who offered one of those rare blurbs that sums up the book better than any review: “First Nation noir madness this book is, I love it, and I’m sorta scared of it, too. Van Camp writes like a dream (or a nightmare).”

column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: Bill and the Best
by Michael Cart

The late Bill Morris, more formally William C. Morris, was sui generis, a nonpareil, one of a kind. The longtime—and legendary—Vice President for Library Promotion at HarperCollins, Bill loved books for young readers, and he especially loved discovering new voices and telling others about it in wonderfully creative ways, often by making it possible for tyro talent to visit libraries and schools, a practice that Bill pioneered. It was through him that I had my first introduction to gifted writers like Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Brooks, Chris Lynch, William Joyce, and a host of others as they were launching their careers.

Novel-Idea_f1.jpgA Novel Idea: When Writers Change Directions
by Donna Seaman

The novel has long been exalted as the pinnacle of literary expression, and many an exceptional short story writer has felt pressed or inspired to make the stretch, as have playwrights, poets, and nonfiction authors. With forthcoming first novels by short story star George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and dramatist, short story writer, and actor Sam Shepard (The One Inside, 2017), Booklist became curious about other writers who decided to switch up and try something new.

top10-first-novels-audio-2016_f1.jpg Top 10 First Novels on Audio
by Joyce Saricks

These outstanding debut novels for adults and youth on audio, reviewed from October 2015 through October 2016, offer a wide range of listening experiences.

top10-first-novels-youth-2016_f1.jpg Top 10 First Novels for Youth
by Julia Smith

Bringing fresh ideas and voices to the page, these 10 debuts—all reviewed inBooklist between October 15, 2015, and October 1, 2016—are must-reads.

top10-first-novels-2016_f1.jpgTop Ten First Novels: 2016
by Annie Bostrom

These 10 superlative debut novels, all reviewed in Booklist between October 15, 2015, and October 1, 2016, explore America, past and present, the horrors of war and natural disasters, the frustrations of family, and love in its many forms.

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