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Poetry + Prose = | What We’re Reading

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Romance Writers of America Announces 2016 RITA Finalists | RWA 2016

Here's the official announcement from Romance Writers of America (RWA) on this year's award … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads May 2016

The May LibraryReads list features a irresistible novel by Fredrik Backman about a woman who leaves … [Continue Reading]

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A Suspenseful Lineup | 2016 Thriller Award Nominees

On April 14, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization announced its 2016 Thriller Award … [Continue Reading]

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The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016

Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are … [Continue Reading]

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Still Evolving | Best Magazines 2015

While the overall market for print magazines has contracted over the last several years, a steady … [Continue Reading]

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Day of Dialog, the BEA Galley Guide, & an Online Course in Collection Development

Here are some important items for your to-do list. Going to BookExpo America? To see authors from Jay McInerney to Susan Elizabeth Phillips, plus a panel of publishing’s top editors and a slate of audio narrators, register here for this year’s Day of Dialog. Eager to tour the show floor with a guide in hand? […]

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Anne Tyler, Terry McMillan, & Walter Mosley | Audio in Advance June 2016 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks releasing in June 2016

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Curtis Sittenfeld | LibraryReads Author, April 15, 2016

“I really like writing about characters who are smart but make a lot of mistakes or see things inaccurately, who are intelligent and observant and fairly misguided,” confided Sittenfeld in a conversation with LJ about her lusciously entertaining new novel, Eligible.

Geography, April 2016 | Best Sellers

August 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

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A Single Step: SELF-e Journeys | SELF-esteem

The personal journey is often reflected in the miles a character must travel through the course of a story. Whether it be to create greater opportunities or leave behind a comfortable home, the reason for a sudden change in setting may set up a protagonist for important inner growth. The pilgrimages embarked upon by the […]

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Nonfiction: Canada’s Native Peoples, Futurism, Louis XVI, “Star Wars,” Little Gibraltar | Xpress Reviews

An eye-opening series on Canada’s Native peoples; futurism; a solid birth-to-death biography of Louis XVI; for fans of “Star Wars,” George Lucas, and sf movies; bitcoin potential; Little Gibraltar and the stories of individual participants

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Modern Lovers by Emma Straub | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers

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E-Originals from Carter, McGoldrick, and Sands | Xpress Reviews

A satisfying series conclusion from Carter, a witty and winsome Scottish treat from McGoldrick, small-town misconceptions and hot romance from Sands

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Graphic Novels from Gordon, Musturi, and Wilson & Co. | Xpress Reviews

A lovely commiserative effort from Gordon that keeps it simple and succinct for fellow parents; a triumphant project for enthusiasts of art comics as well as a loosely sketched story about our fragile mortal coil; an eye-popping, vibrant adventure

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Fiction from Charles, Gortner, Kazan, McGarrity, Sands, & Volmer, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

A compelling redemption story, a fictionalized biography of Marlene Dietrich, art-themed historical fiction, the plainly told day-to-day doldrums of ranch life, small-town romance, a clever debut, a compelling portrait of a small Midwestern town

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Collection Development

Family Fables & Failures | Memoir

Families and the emotional fallout thereof dominate this month’s memoir column.

Radicals, Fashionistas, Politicos, Young Jane, & More | Classic Returns

A crazy roundtable of reissues this month, including early works by Austen, a Black Panther’s memoir, a Chinese immigrant’s awakening, a theological thriller, a street graffiti bible, and more.

Pushing for POTUS | Collection Development: Political Campaigns, April 1, 2016

This year’s race for president is hot and heavy, but it may not be all that unusual as campaigns go. These 29 resources offer an abundance of information on the roots of elections, how to become a more effective voter, and the evolving role of women in politics.

No Shortage of Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

There’s plenty of drama and tension in this month’s novels, including an interesting take on the struggle for civil rights, a police procedural to solve multiple deaths, and a dysfunctional family circling their wagons to protect their own. Plus Terry McMillan returns!

Bullying, Relocating, Observing, Inventing | Memoir

Among this month’s memoirs is one that explores what it means to remember and thus questions the very nature of writing a memoir. It is destined to become a modern American classic.

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Readers’ Advisory

Reading Crime | Wyatt’s World

Crime appears to be the topic of the moment. Launched anew in 2012 by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and 2014’s podcast Serial and fed by a cavalcade of interest, the genre’s diversity proves the range of its appeal. Here are five titles to suggest.

Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

A Feminist in the House of Dude | Books for Dudes

Recently, after a regular ’ol day of reading, taking the exercise, and yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off my lawn, I became a feminist.

Artistic Explorations | Wyatt’s World

A blend of interview and memoir from Anderson and Vanderbilt; National Book Award winner McBride on James Brown; the musical Hamilton finally gets a print tie-in edition; Prentiss’s debut is a vibrant portrait of 1980s NYC; Spillman’s memoir takes readers to Berlin and back

April Is National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

To celebrate National Poetry Month, here are five new collections. Several make iconic work accessible once again; one volume shows how verse connects us to both past and present, and yet another title features the delights of well-regarded favorites.

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