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Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

As the the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books … [Continue Reading]

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Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads Inaugural “Favorite of Favorites” List

Every month, LibraryReads announces the top ten books that librarians across the country are reading … [Continue Reading]

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spotlight A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed … [Continue Reading]

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Unreliables, Trains, Spools, Girls, and Help for the Haunted | What We’re Reading

This week we welcome LJ managing editor Bette-Lee Fox to the WWR fold. She and other  staffers … [Continue Reading]

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Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

“Veteran’s Day Poppy,” a song by Captain Beefheart, ends with this couplet: “It can only … [Continue Reading]

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Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf lays claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 million copies combined. But the […]

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New Mo Yan, Pelecanos shorts, and Vaillant’s first fiction | Jan. 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

Anderson, Catherine. Silver Thaw. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781470394158. Reader to be announced. Anderson (Here to Stay) launches a contemporary romance series about first love and second chances. Amanda Banning has moved to Mystic Creek, OR, with her six-year-old daughter for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time. Writing her secret yearnings on slips […]

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David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

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Kent Haruf, Erika Johansen, Stephen King, Milan Kundera, S.J. Watson | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

Haruf, Kent. Our Souls at Night. Knopf. Jun. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781101875896. $23.95. LITERARY/FAMILY LIFE Haruf lays claim to impressive awards (e.g., Whiting Writers’ Award, the Wallace Stegner Award) and nominations (the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and his Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction have sold 1.4 million copies combined. But the […]

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Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

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Greek Crisis, Baby vs. CEO, & a Surprising Double Agent | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

Angelos, James. The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins. Crown. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385346481. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/WORLD A freelance journalist and former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with expertise on the European debt crisis, Angelos has been covering Greece for a decade and finally moved there in 2013. He’s well primed, […]

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Here We Come, Nantucket: Hot Beach Reads by Women Authors from Collins to Frank to Hilderbrand | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

Collins, Jackie. The Santangelos. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2015. 544p. ISBN 9781250048233. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848900. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Her daughter is Europe’s hot new model, her son is being set up for murder, and enemies (not to mention a druggie Colombian club owner) circle like vultures, but does that stop Lucky Santangelo? Absolutely not. […]

APA launches Audiobook Blogger of the Year contest

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is kicking off its first competition designed to recognize the valuable input of bloggers who review audiobooks. The Audiobook Blogger of the Year contest is aimed at increasing engaging online discussions about audiobooks and encouraging new bloggers to join the conversation. The winning blogger will receive two tickets to the […]

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Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)

Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.

Standouts from Deurlein and McCraith, Raising Passionate Readers, Adoption, First Bites | Parenting Reviews, November 15, 2014

Child rearing literature is constantly evolving with the times and can provide the tools or new approach that a baffled parent needs. These eight titles consider topics such as worrisome behavior, technology use, yelling, and nutrition.

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month

These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

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The Countdown Ends in Your Kitchen: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

From Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Fast and Cowin’s Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen to the playbook for Dinner, these cookbooks will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal.

Regional Foodways: Travel by Way of Skillet, Dutch Oven, or Oyster Knife | Wyatt’s World

Here are five titles that offer the twin pleasures of travel and food—and perhaps a gentle nudge to try something brand new this Thanksgiving (more than one book includes a recipe using pumpkins).

Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

For those who want either to move beyond the pumpkin or pecan pie or simply learn to bake better before tackling a new version, these five books will both instruct and inspire.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

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