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Unreliables, Trains, Spools, Girls, and Help for the Haunted | What We’re Reading

This week we welcome LJ managing editor Bette-Lee Fox to the WWR fold. She and other  staffers … [Continue Reading]

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Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

“Veteran’s Day Poppy,” a song by Captain Beefheart, ends with this couplet: “It can only … [Continue Reading]

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Hot Book Club Reads for Summer | Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 3

de Rosnay, Tatiana. A Paris Affair. St. Martin’s May 2015. 144p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. … [Continue Reading]

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Bone Clocks, Bullying, Plumbing, and Necromancy | What We’re Reading

This week the LJ/School Library Journal staffers welcome Junior Library Guild colleague Wendy Xu to … [Continue Reading]

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Opening Locked Drawers with Patricia Cornwell | Behind the Book

“I always want to know what no one wants to show me,” says best-selling author ­Patricia … [Continue Reading]

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Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

The turkey typically takes center stage in the Thanksgiving lineup, but most people are just marking … [Continue Reading]

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A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Capriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]

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New Mo Yan, Pelecanos shorts, and Vaillant’s first fiction | Jan. 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

Anderson, Catherine. Silver Thaw. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781470394158. Reader to be announced. Anderson (Here to Stay) launches a contemporary romance series about first love and second chances. Amanda Banning has moved to Mystic Creek, OR, with her six-year-old daughter for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time. Writing her secret yearnings on slips […]

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David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

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Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

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Art as a Career, Vintage & Winter Knits, Modern Mountain Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2014

A useful resource for emerging artists and creative people of all ages; a fun survey of 20th-century fashion; beyond-the-basics designs for jewelry makers; building experts on hemp concrete, or hempcrete; newly constructed homes in mountain settings.

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David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

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Recipes from Ghayour, Prune, Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, SAVEUR, & More | Cooking Reviews, November 15, 2014

The Make-Ahead Cook is indispensable for busy families, a stunning collection of approachable Middle Eastern recipes, a great gift for anyone who loves New York, a timely cookie collection, a romantic take on the art of the handmade pie.

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Eyes on the Solar System: New Astronomy Titles

Four titles sure to appeal to astronomy buffs, amateur stargazers, and lovers of solar physics; from How To Read the Solar System to Pearls of the Southern Skies.

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Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)

Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.

Standouts from Deurlein and McCraith, Raising Passionate Readers, Adoption, First Bites | Parenting Reviews, November 15, 2014

Child rearing literature is constantly evolving with the times and can provide the tools or new approach that a baffled parent needs. These eight titles consider topics such as worrisome behavior, technology use, yelling, and nutrition.

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month

These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

Vicarious Voyages | Collection Development: Armchair Travel

An armchair voyage is a journey of exploration—a pilgrimage, a feast for the soul, and a way of satisfying curiosities. These 27 resources, including apps, will help users travel routes and set sail for adventures that won’t require security checks or encounter airport snafus.

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The Countdown Ends in Your Kitchen: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

From Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Fast and Cowin’s Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen to the playbook for Dinner, these cookbooks will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal.

Regional Foodways: Travel by Way of Skillet, Dutch Oven, or Oyster Knife | Wyatt’s World

Here are five titles that offer the twin pleasures of travel and food—and perhaps a gentle nudge to try something brand new this Thanksgiving (more than one book includes a recipe using pumpkins).

Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

For those who want either to move beyond the pumpkin or pecan pie or simply learn to bake better before tackling a new version, these five books will both instruct and inspire.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

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