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Travels & Translations | Memoir

This month, there is little connection among the featured memoirs, except that two are by Americans, … [Continue Reading]

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2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

The first “What We’re Reading” column of the new year from my colleagues at LJ/School Library … [Continue Reading]

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Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or … [Continue Reading]

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Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first "Classic Returns" column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, … [Continue Reading]

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Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

Actress/author Carrie Fisher died in Los Angeles on December 27, four days after suffering a medical … [Continue Reading]

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Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire … [Continue Reading]

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National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016. In addition, Margaret Atwood was named recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Michelle Dean won the 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and Yaa […]

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Hilary Mantel, Alexander McCall Smith, Ron Currie | Fiction Finds

An eerie and adult take on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved Little Mermaid tale, a modern marriage tested by freedom, and Nazi war widows when the war is over.

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Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

Geography, January 2017 | Best Sellers

March 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

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Last Chance To Get Your ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide

Available now, the ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide offers a list of nearly 200 galleys and books, plus in-booth signings from top publishers. The guide should help you negotiate the show floor, and even if you aren’t going to Midwinter, it’s fun to see what publishers are pushing. PLEASE NOTE ONE CORRECTION TO AN […]

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National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016. In addition, Margaret Atwood was named recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Michelle Dean won the 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and Yaa […]

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Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

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LJ Media Reviews: February 1, 2017

A teacher in an orphanage inherits a fortune in Balogh’s series opener; three excellent narrators bring to life Picoult’s story of racism in contemporary America; for anyone with the slightest interest in comics in particular and art in general; it won’t take long to grow to love Altman’s Short Cuts

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LJ Reference Reviews: February 1, 2017

This snapshot of the current social movements is a solid first source for research; this significant work deserves a place in all libraries; a promising and abundant database that has potential appeal to researchers and browsers alike

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LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

Zornberg’s Moses is not for the faint of heart; Horta’s scholarly, albeit witty and entertaining analysis and style will have wide appeal; Hatch’s memoir will move readers who are interested in global health, medical education, and biographies in general

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Collection Development

Travels & Translations | Memoir

This month’s column has two memoirs in translation and two by Americans who take to the road

Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first “Classic Returns” column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and philosophers, not to mention a lagniappe of French lit.

Financial Literacy, Diaper Dudes, Rad Families, Language Development | Parenting Reviews, January 2017

Amid these philosophical musings are new books offering practical advice, ranging from developing language skills to tempering anxiety in young adults.

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

Untrodden Paths, Hard Choices | Memoir

Memoirs this month all center on the theme of making difficult choices

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Readers’ Advisory

An Unlikely Mix: Tall Tales and Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

As 2017 unfolds, the range of fresh works for readers to discover is wide and divergent, including new short story collections from beloved authors and grand tales by masters of adrenaline.

Ring in the New with a Debut | Wyatt’s World

Earnest resolutions are not the only way to begin a new year—try a debut novelist. These five recently released and forthcoming titles introduce a plethora of possibilities.

Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | RA Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, the Norse gods lead me down a winding path.

Back Pocket RA: The Year Concludes with Memorable Fiction | Wyatt’s World

As 2016 nods its head in farewell, here are five novels that will long be read, well into next year, and the years beyond.

Ten Years of Lists—and Counting | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2017

In 2007, the first Reading List Council began work. To mark its tenth anniversary, the original members of the committee revisit some of their favorite winners.

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