LJ Best Books 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles. VISIT THE WEBSITE

W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Journey: It’s Fiction

Owing to some late-night alphabetizing, I inadvertently listed W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Journey (Forge: Tor. May 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780765330536. $24.99) under nonfiction rather than fiction a few weeks back. Now I have some plot details, so let me clarify. Having lived through several successful lives, good-dog Buddy watches baby Clarity crawling about and decides she needs a puppy. So when he’s reborn and adopted by Clarity, now a turbulent teenager, he’s delighted. Things are looking up, but then the two are separated‚ and so commences the journey of the title.

This is a big book for the publisher, with lots of promotion planned, including standard print advertising, stepped-up promotion through social networking sites, website and blog advertising targeting dog lovers, national radio satellite and blog tours, promotion at national education conferences, and more. Since Cameron’s 2010 A Dog’s Purpose was on the best sellers lists for nearly five months in hardcover and continued on the best sellers lists in paperback, the great expectations seem entirely reasonable. As I said, this is a multi-hanky read, and though the format is fiction the import is fact: there’s nothing quite like a dog’s enduring love.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.