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Downton Abbey Double Feature | Video Reviews

LJ 2013 Video Reviewer of the Year, Joan Greenberg, has reviewed each season of the popular PBS … [Continue Reading]

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Detecting, Dancing, Dying | What We’re Reading

The LJ/School Library Journal staffers like their reading dark and doggy this week, with a large … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce February Favorites

Another great family story from Anne Tyler tops the list of the February releases that librarians … [Continue Reading]

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Crime, Dance, Soccer, Family | What We’re Reading

As we settle into 2015, all bristling with resolutions to read more books (that's mine at least), … [Continue Reading]

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Is Amazon the Reader’s Friend? Let the Debate Begin

Is Amazon the reader’s friend? In the recent Hachette-Amazon ebook pricing dispute, the Seattle … [Continue Reading]

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Fiction and Fantasy for Moderns | Classic Returns

Now that the holidays are over and a long, cold winter looms (at least for some of us), what better … [Continue Reading]

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January Wrap-Up: NBCC Awards & a Final Midwinter Reminder

The National Book Critics Circle did something different when it chose its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry—for the best books of 2014. For the first time ever, one book, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf), was nominated in two categories: poetry and criticism. What’s especially exciting is that Rankine’s […]

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New releases from Kazuo Ishiguro, J.A. Jance, & Elif Shafak | Mar. 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

Highly anticipated fiction audiobooks coming out in March 2015

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Spotlight on Alan Bradley | LibraryReads Author, January 2015

Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Bradley, author of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

Literary Criticism, January 2015 | Best Sellers

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Nonfiction on Schiele, Opera Portraiture, and Computer Algorithms & Data Analysis | Xpress Reviews

Readers will relish these examples of Schiele’s edgy work, an appealing coffee-table book for opera fans, the harm caused by the unchecked use of computer algorithms to collect and analyze data

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E-Originals from Davenport, March, Moraine, & Sjoberg | Xpress Reviews

Football player fumbles at love, bachelor tycoon goes on tropical dates, gritty sf wrapped in Greek mythology makes a well-balanced romance, paranormal romance offers a creative spin on the Grim Reaper

Literary Criticism, January 2015 | Best Sellers

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Conrad’s Debut of the Month, Colette London, Adrian McKinty, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews February 1, 2015

February may bring romance and chocolates to mind for many, but here we have a lineup of mysteries that prove love can take a backseat to murder.

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Cambron’s Pick of the Month, Biblical Landsem, Inspirational Hauck | Christian Fiction Reviews, February 1, 2015

Fans of Cambron will gravitate to this tale of the power of faith and love to cope with impossible situations; Hauck’s latest inspirational romance is perfect for Valentine’s Day; Landsem’s well-crafted tale of strength, hope, and love.

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Fightin’ Words | African American Fiction (And More!)

Urban fiction tales continue to be flush with serious insults that put rivals in their place. This month’s selections feature characters dispensing verbal beat downs with razor sharp tongues.

Laughing at Life | Memoir

The authors of this month’s memoirs are preoccupied with coming to terms with the impact others, especially family members, have on us. But there’s a lot of humor here too.

Fiction and Fantasy for Moderns | Classic Returns

This month’s Classic Returns column features earlier novels by current fan favorites; a reissued family saga; a tale of second chances; and two collections from the “Oddly Modern Fairy Tales” series published by Princeton University.

Lincoln, 150 Years On | Collection Development: Lincoln’s Legacy

The vast amount of literature on Abraham Lincoln is almost unmatched in the English language. Interest in our 16th president has never abated, and these 34 titles will enlighten some, disillusion others, and stand as a basic resource.

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.

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Readers’ Advisory

Short Stories Collections | Wyatt’s World

Gaiman gets under the skin with Trigger Warning; Heiny garners praise for Single, Carefree, Mellow; Link returns with Get in Trouble; debut collections from Pelecanos, Pierce.

First and Seconds: Debuts and Sophomore Efforts To Know in January | Wyatt’s World

Based on the books receiving attention in places where readers gather, here are five works—all debuts or second novels—you should get to know.

Resolution Reading | Wyatt’s World

January arrives with new books and resolutions—to clean up, be more productive, and lose weight (among many other things). Display possibilities are endless, from new hits to past favorites. Here are five titles to suggest and showcase.

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2015

Playing a part in fiction, weather is an element that can infuse a novel with an icy punch, a damp slap, or a languid shimmer—as the following six novels ably prove.

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

These five titles are likely to satisfy readers endlessly and can serve as long-term RA standards.

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