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Poetry Rat | French on Fridays

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Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

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Other People’s Stories | Memoir

Memoirs are a curious genre. Firmly planted in the realm of nonfiction, they still relate the story … [Continue Reading]

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Climate Warning Bells: The Search for Sustainability

Barnham, Keith. The Burning Answer: The Solar Revolution; A Quest for Sustainable Power. Pegasus. … [Continue Reading]

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Creature Features & Evil Acts | What We’re Reading

The LJ/School Library Journal WWR crew explores its animal side, plays card tricks, delves into … [Continue Reading]

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Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

I was only a child when my great-grandmother Elizabeth first told me about her past. She was only … [Continue Reading]

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In another example of its expanding ebook outreach to libraries, Simon & Schuster announced that it will donate a free electronic copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to […]

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Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

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Q&A: Laura van den Berg | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2015

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, published after two well-received story collections, is getting rave reviews. In this interview, the author discusses the world she creates, the popularity of dystopian fiction, and more.

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Poetry Rat | French on Fridays

Spring brings out the rat poet in me.

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The Latest from Greg Iles, Norah Vincent on Virginia Woolf, an Unconventional Kate Walbert | Fiction Reviews, April 15, 2015

Best-selling author Iles superbly blends past and present in his swift and riveting story line, a beautifully written and penetrating re-creation of the life of Virginia Woolf, Walbert presents vivid imagery and passages of pure poetry.

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New Authors Alvar, Clifford, Drager, Ohanesian, Walker, & Many Others | Debut Fiction, April 15, 2015

Alvar’s narratives straddle multiple countries and cultures, 25-year police veteran Griffin debuts a well-written and action-packed crime thriller, Papernick offers persuasive insights into the nature of fanaticism, Walker’s story pops.

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Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.

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Sarah Addison Allen, John Vaillant, with Bios of Stonewall Jackson and the Equal Justice Initiative | Audiobook Reviews, April 15, 2015

For Allen fans and others appreciative of quirky small towns and character-driven fare; a well-crafted biography canvassing Stonewall Jackson’s life; true stories from New Orleans; Vaillant’s masterly detail of the desperate life in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Other People’s Stories | Memoir

In trying to find a common thread to the titles I selected this month, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority, while still memoirs, are actually stories about someone else.

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

Those Were the Daze | Memoir

The spirit of the Sixties hovers over all of the books in this month’s memoir column.

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

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Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.

Poetical Nonfiction: Five Books for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

Appreciating poetry often means looking beyond the poems themselves. Here are five nonfiction titles that explore the way the craft works, the lives of poets, and the meaning of verse in our lives and the world.

A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015

Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

National Poetry Month: Five Suggestions | Wyatt’s World

Important new collections from poets to know.

Springtime Skill & Power | Books for Dudes

All this month’s BFD featured authors are skillful and powerful in their own ways.

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