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Shining, Creeping, Haunting, Turning, Scaring | What We’re Reading

In the run-up to Halloween, the ghosts, ghouls, witches, and warlocks at LJ/School Library Journal … [Continue Reading]

The Haunting of Hill House

Horror Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

Halloween is upon readers, and, if they have yet to begin a suitable haunting novel, they might wish … [Continue Reading]

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Read Along with Lonely Planet’s Best Travel in 2015 | Xpress Reviews

Week ending October 24, 2014 Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015: The Best Trends, … [Continue Reading]

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Toil and Trouble: Spooky Halloween Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

It’s Halloween—time to get ready for the hordes of patrons who will begin to haunt the library … [Continue Reading]

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Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

Below are the best books of the year, as chosen by LJ's review editors, in the case of the top ten … [Continue Reading]

An untamed state

That’s So Nineties | Memoir

The Nineties were a strange decade. People walked around with giant cell phones, baggy jeans, and … [Continue Reading]

The Call of the Farm

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Awards, Best Books, & Favorite of Favorites

There’s so much book news this week I don’t know where to start, but here goes. First, Kirkus Reviews announced the winners of the first-ever Kirkus Prize, established in May 2014 to honor outstanding writing by authors whose books have earned the Kirkus Star in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. The […]

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Snowden, the Maker Movement, and Award-winning SF | December Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

Audio in Advance offers previews of selected audiobooks two months ahead of publication, along with recommended picks and occasional interviews with notable authors and narrators. Baker, Jo. Offcomer. Dreamscape Media. Read by Nicola Barber. Longbourn author Baker sets her latest against the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Claire is a recent Oxford graduate […]

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Spotlight on Garth Stein | LibraryReads Authors

In A Sudden Light, Garth Stein’s first novel after his momentous best seller, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 14-year-old Trevor travels with his father, Jones Riddell, to the imposing family mansion on Puget Sound.

Geology, October 2014 | Best Sellers

February 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

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Chance’s Debut of the Month, Noirish Crime from Graham, Wiley, & New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews

November offers a cornucopia of debuts and series launches for which mystery buffs of all stripes will give plenty of thanks.

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Barrett, Barry, Ekbäck, Olsson, To Name a Few | Debut Fiction

A light soufflé of a book from Alexander, Bard-Collins’s debut is almost as much an architectural history as it is a mystery, Barrett’s first collection heralds a brutal yet alluring new voice, multi-award-winning poet Barry’s first novel is fierce.

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African American Lives: Titles for February, Black History Month

These 90 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

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Top Indie Fiction: 15 Key Titles Beyond the Best Sellers List for Fall 2014

From Arditti’s polished language to Donovan’s gorgeously rendered upscale historical and Hepner’s quietly dazzling debut, there are works here for language lovers with tastes for the thoughtful, superbly controlled, and even disturbing.

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Audiobooks from de Rosnay, Hayes, Hiaasen, & Hubbard | Xpress Reviews

de Rosnay misses with The Other Story, Hayes is recommended for thriller collections, Hiaasen’s columns are a marginal purchase, Hubbard’s stories are uneven

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That’s So Nineties | Memoir

Remember the good times in these Nineties-themed memoirs.

Don’t Trust These Ladies | African American Fiction (And More!)

October’s lead female characters toy with men’s emotions, lie to them, steal their money, cheat on them, and even physically torture them. In particula, the authentic out-of-control take on a woman’s gambling addiction makes S.K. Collins’s Crooked G’s the pick of the month

What’s New from Our Neighbors | Collection Development: Latin American Fiction

Literature in Latin America since the boom of the 1960s and 1970s hasn’t slackened in production of quality works or diversity of themes. These 29 titles will add flavor to all collections.

Thanks for the Memories | Memoir

September memoir reviews cover dog stories, tales of illnesses and triumph, marriage and remarriage recountings, and a reckoning with forgiveness.

Sequels and Insults | African American Fiction (And More!)

The selections this month are all sequels or companion novels to previous works. Often series’ bridge novels can be dry as dust, but wicked descriptions and insults from Brenda Hampton’s The Reunion Show have characters rolling their eyes in anger.

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Horror Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

Readers might need to consider short stories to fit in some frights before the season passes them by; here are five collections that should please fans and intrigue those dipping into the horror genre for the first time.

Toil and Trouble: Spooky Halloween Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

It’s time to get ready for the hordes of patrons who will begin to haunt the library and are in the mood for a good scare; this list of titles will help librarians arm themselves with some bloody-good suggestions.

Vintage Finds | Wyatt’s World

The allure of decades-old fashion and design is still going strong; here are five titles to consider adding to your collection.

Selecting a Camel: A How-To | Books for Dudes

Somewhere between Heinrich Böll’s Murke’s Collected Silences and Rachel Ingalls’ Mrs. Caliban I realized how much readers bring of themselves into what they read. How can an author be sure that their work will be interpreted the way they intended? I thought more, realizing about midway through John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom novels that, of course, […]

Short on Pages, Long on Pleasure | Wyatt’s World

Atwood’s tales of imagination, biting wit, and power; the heady, fantastic, and fantastical Calvino; a feast of the “Best American” short stories; Munro is a sure bet; and Rash’s talents include gems of atmosphere and description.

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