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Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries … [Continue Reading]

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Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

The novella has long been traditional publishing's stepchild, often packaged into a collection of an … [Continue Reading]

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Reading Pages, Coining Phrases | What We’re Reading

This week the LJ/School Library Journal/Junior Library Guild roster of rabid readers is fighting … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

Some familiar authors have made this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving … [Continue Reading]

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Spotlight on Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2015

In the opening pages of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler’s flowingly written new novel, A Spool of … [Continue Reading]

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Why It’s Greater To Love and To Lose | Memoir

I swear, dear readers, that I did not read all of these books about love on purpose. My guess is the … [Continue Reading]

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Early Summer Catch-Up: Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us

Every season, some titles pass me by, usually because they are dropped into the schedule too late for me to feature in a given month. Publishing in June, Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us (Dial. 512p. ISBN 9780385342940. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812997842) is one title I don’t want you to miss. Fans of the […]

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Ilsa J. Bick, Sarah J. Maas, & Chuck Wendig | Audio in Advance Apr. 2015 | Young Adult

Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504615129. Reader TBA. Gr 9 & Up—In this debut novel, an email falls into the wrong hands, and 16-year-old Simon Spier’s secret—he’s gay— is at risk of being exposed. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s […]

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Spotlight on Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler talks about her new novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, and her “continuing interest in…those cobbled-­together households that you see sometimes, getting along just as happily as many biological families.”

Psychology, February 2015 | Best Sellers

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Leaders Neuhaus, the Wesleys, plus Medieval Theology, Practicing Gratitude, Waiting, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, March 1, 2015

With a focus on embracing change, the known, and even the unknown, this season’s picks are sure to stimulate. From Richard John Neuhaus and Practical Interfaith to Simply Good News and In God’s Hands

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Top Indie Fiction: 13 Key Spring Titles Beyond the Best Sellers List

Abdou’s fresh story about family–work tensions and the cultural divide; Busman’s language is toughly lyric; Doten is utterly surreal; an intense, spot-on investigation of destructive behavior from Gerard; Hossain daringly shows us war

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Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

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March Madness and Beyond: Basketball Diaries

The story behind the first racially integrated college basketball game in the American South; the 12-year feud between the University of Connecticut and University of Tennessee women’s basketball teams; a meditation on human limitations.

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Early Summer Catch-Up: Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us

Every season, some titles pass me by, usually because they are dropped into the schedule too late for me to feature in a given month. Publishing in June, Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us (Dial. 512p. ISBN 9780385342940. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812997842) is one title I don’t want you to miss. Fans of the […]

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Why It’s Greater To Love and To Lose | Memoir

I swear, dear readers, that I did not read all of these books about love on purpose. My guess is the love books come out around February, when everyone is feeling in that candy-heart kind of mood. While I would argue that love can be a many-splendored thing all year long, you won’t find me […]

From Dealin’ to Wildin’ Out | African American Fiction (and More)

Urban fiction from drug dealing to wild and ruthless Memphis gangs. Plus a steamy erotic tale that leaves nothing uncovered.

Baby’s First Year, Nanny Whisperer Gold, Amish Wisdom, Raising Brave Girls, & More | Parenting Reviews, February 15, 2015

Arnold’s thoughtful worldview approach is inspiring, DK celebrates the loveliness of babies, Gold presents an excellent resource for families looking to hire a nanny, Miller looks at the parenting culture of the Amish community.

Road to Elsewhere | Classic Returns

Classic Returns travels from ancient Greece to postwar Hungary and points in between this month.

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.

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After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.

Hoping for Spring Gardens: Inspiration, Reference, and Guidance | Wyatt’s World

In spite of the snow blanketing much of the country, gardens are getting ready to bloom. Here are five books to raise the spirits and prepare readers for the abundance to come.

Suggestions for February, African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

Learn, honor, and remember: read the Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, Lewis’s March, the Randalls’ new cookbook, White House correspondent Ryans’s memoir, and debut novelist Solomon’s Disgruntled.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Romance and Espionage | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2015

Featuring women who can disarm men with a weapon just as easily as with their charm, these spy romances are sure to satisfy.

Ruined Worlds: Five New Postapocalyptic Novels | Wyatt’s World

The Only Ones prove to be apocalpytic-proof, Haig begins a new trilogy, strong worldbuilding and characterization from Newman, Repino’s debut battle tale, surreal adventures from first novelist van den Berg.

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