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Violence & Femmes | French on Fridays

I need a break! Almost every book I've read in the past few weeks has been strewn with female … [Continue Reading]

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A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

The saying that we “can’t see the forest for the trees” applies to how easy it can be to … [Continue Reading]

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Our “United” States: Sen. Cory Booker on Building Strong Communities

On March 21 at Random House’s New York City office, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) discussed United: … [Continue Reading]

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Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites

While the hold queues for new books from big names such as James Patterson, David Baldacci, and … [Continue Reading]

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Different Strokes, Different Books | What We’re Reading

Prompted by Barbara Genco’s confession/assertion (see below), I asked the WWreaders from LJ/School … [Continue Reading]

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Lori Roy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Walter Mosley Take Top Honors | Edgar Awards 2016

How do you top a Pulitzer Prize? Try winning an Edgar Award. At the Mystery Writers of America 70th … [Continue Reading]

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Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

At the Editors’ Picks panel at this year’s Day of Dialog, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library, CT, brought up the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge, a program born on Twitter that promotes the reading of all books published by the redoubtable editor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Einhorn was at Day of Dialog in her […]

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Julian Fellowes’s Next Act | Audio in Advance July 2016 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks releasing in July 2016

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Fredrik Backman | LibraryReads Author Spotlight, May 15, 2016

The U.S. editor for Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as Backman’s other two novels, Peter Borland spoke about his star author in a phone call with LJ.

Language, May 2016 | Best Sellers

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Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

In this stunning novel from Rogan (The Lifeboat), seemingly unrelated story threads are ingeniously woven into an explosive whole.

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Q&A: Ben Galley | SELF-esteem

Bloodrush (LJ 5/15/16), the first book in Ben Galley’s “Scarlet Star Trilogy,” was recently added to LJ’s SELF-e Select. Below the indie author discusses his love of fantasy, his research process, and what brought him to self-publishing.

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A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin | LJ Review

Durbin (Dragonfly) gives his story an old-fashioned fairy-tale feel (with the exception of Mr. Girondole, the other characters are given initials) and imbues his settings with a languorous sense of being outside of time

Evaluating Youth Lit — What Makes a Good Book Good?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT
Join us on June 9th as we cover the various elements that come together to create a book that kids will love, whether it’s the writing, the illustrations, or another bit of magic. Our panelists will bring different perspectives from the worlds of publishing and libraries for a discussion that will offer a great deal of combined experience in evaluating children’s books and will help you increase your skills and confidence in choosing the best youth titles for your library.
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Bicycle Thieves, L’Inhumaine, Paulette, the Tavianis, & Ulee’s Gold | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, May 15, 2016

The restored masterwork Bicycle Thieves is an essential holding; L’Inhumaine should pique the interest of serious film buffs; from the neorealistic to the magical, The Taviani Brothers give off a folk tale aura; a lovely, low-key Ulee’s Gold

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We Love Paris | LJ Video Reviews, May 15, 2016

Maison Close is recommended for those who like period dramas with a psychological edge; Thérèse Raquin presents an absorbing tale that will appeal to those who favor melodrama.

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Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

Exploring the Outdoors, Crafts, & Kids’ Curiosity | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2016

WITH FAMILIES ABOUT TO VISIT libraries in droves for summer reading programs, now is a great time for a parenting-through-the-years display, reminding moms and dads that librarians are a rich resource and valued partner in the health and growth of children of all ages.

Sex, Drugs, Sticks | Memoir

The perennial themes of sex and drugs pop up in all of the memoirs (sometimes in the same book) this month.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 15, 2016

Françoise Gilot on Her Life with and Without Picasso; visionary versemakers Dove and Rich; music man Gleason; an articulate Rise and Fall of Nations; where to find The World’s Best Drinks and Street Food

Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016

According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, “sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list.” Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

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Self-Help Across Subjects | Wyatt’s World

The desire to live a more fulfilling life is a perennially favorite subject of many authors, no matter where their books fall on the Dewey decimal range. Below are current examples that illustrate the breadth of the topic—from cookbooks and craft guides to memoirs and scientific studies.

A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

The six books below shed light on the forest, highlighting its glory and its shadowy depths, while readers can immerse themselves in those worlds knowing they are safe in their favorite chair.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads

With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.

Reflecting on Animals: Five Timely Titles | Wyatt’s World

It seems that books on the nature, intellect, and soul of animals are on the rise, with several new titles joining hits such as Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus and Virginia Morell’s Animal Wise Here are five suggestions for already published and forthcoming works.

Water Cooler Readers’ Advisory | Wyatt’s World

Imagine the service desk as a water cooler; the likely topics of conversation that surround it, from politics to pop culture, support varied and interesting book suggestions. Here are five titles to tie the collection into what’s hot.

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