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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce January Favorites

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With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

I read a story recently about how a large percentage of marathoners are age 29, 39, or 49. There is … [Continue Reading]

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Cultivating the Best Habits | What We’re Reading

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Dark Days of December | What We’re Reading

This week as winter tightens its grip, the School Library Journal/LJ staffers map out real and … [Continue Reading]

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Fiddler at 50, Anna x 3, Tove’s 100th, 30 Years of Chelsea Green, and More | Classic Returns

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Best Books 2014: Graphic Novels

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SAVE THE DATE! LJ’s 18th Annual Day of Dialog, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in New York City

Never mind that BookExpo America keeps changing its schedule. Some things are constant. Since 1998, Library Journal has been hosting a Day of Dialog in conjunction with BEA that brings together librarians and publishers, authors, editors, and vendors for a full day of discussion and sharing. To kick off this year’s BEA, join us on […]

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Audiobooks to buy for their titles alone | Feb. 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

Bowen, Michele Andrea. Pastor Needs a Boo. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781490644622. Read by Kevin R. Free. Reverend Denzelle Flowers of the New Jerusalem Gospel United Church is running for bishop, and his enemies—a ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy—want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it. He’s also smitten with a member of his […]

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A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

History of Science, December 2014 | Best Sellers

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Nonfiction RA Picks 2014 : A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

Among the “best-of” are Biss’s On Immunity, Johnson’s How We Got to Now, Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction, Mead’s Life in Middlemarch, and Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice.

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Audiobooks from Fortier, Ivy, McGarrity, and Poehler | Xpress Reviews

Two stories of strong women from Fortier, a new series from Ivy, characters drawn with nuance and pathos by McGarrity, and funny and powerful truisms from Poehler

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Graphic Novels from Keatinge & del Duca, Williams & Coleby, and Zimmerman & Scott | Xpress Reviews

A fully developed cast of well-rounded characters from Keatinge and del Duca; an informed, provocative alternate history from Williams and Coleby; and fascinating true-life tales of espionage, diplomacy, and high-tech aerospace innovation

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Nonfiction from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden | Xpress Reviews

A collection of writings from the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine, The Garden

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A Total Hot Mess of Bookage | Books for Dudes

The BFD picks of December include a detective novel set in the afterlife; a book of poetic short stories all about faraway conflicts; three nonfiction titles about teamwork, heroism, and how far being nice can get you; a lifelong Sasquatch hunt; and Matt Sumell’s wicked rockin’ debut novel.

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Protecting the King | African American Fiction (And More!)

Demand will soar for Dickey, Allen’s solid story alternates between romance and crime fiction, Mink is on top of her game creating great side characters and a flawed protagonist who tries to do the right thing.

With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

This month’s memoir column features women on the cusp of change and a 50-year estrangement.

Fiddler at 50, Anna x 3, Tove’s 100th, 30 Years of Chelsea Green, and More | Classic Returns

December’s Classic Returns column sings happy birthday to Fiddler on the Roof, celebrates Tove Jansson’s centennial, and congratulates Chelsea Green on 30 years of cutting-edge books. Also: Trollope, Turing, and three new Anna Kareninas!

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

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Nonfiction RA Picks 2014 : A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

Among the “best-of” are Biss’s On Immunity, Johnson’s How We Got to Now, Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction, Mead’s Life in Middlemarch, and Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice.

A Total Hot Mess of Bookage | Books for Dudes

The BFD picks of December include a detective novel set in the afterlife; a book of poetic short stories all about faraway conflicts; three nonfiction titles about teamwork, heroism, and how far being nice can get you; a lifelong Sasquatch hunt; and Matt Sumell’s wicked rockin’ debut novel.

Year-End Extravaganza: Top 11 Books of 2014 | Books for Dudes

Douglas Lord picks the top 11 dudely books of 2014.

Books on Books for the Giving Season | Wyatt’s World

From Novel Interiors to Novel Living, these five offerings will inspire the imagination.

Russian Reading | Wyatt’s World

There seems to be a sudden flurry of books about Russia right now. From Limonov to Stalin, these five titles attest to epic journeys, lives, and a country’s past and present.

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