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Travels & Translations | Memoir

This month, there is little connection among the featured memoirs, except that two are by Americans, … [Continue Reading]

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2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

The first “What We’re Reading” column of the new year from my colleagues at LJ/School Library … [Continue Reading]

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Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or … [Continue Reading]

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Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first "Classic Returns" column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, … [Continue Reading]

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Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

Actress/author Carrie Fisher died in Los Angeles on December 27, four days after suffering a medical … [Continue Reading]

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Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire … [Continue Reading]

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Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

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Hilary Mantel, Alexander McCall Smith, Ron Currie | Fiction Finds

An eerie and adult take on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved Little Mermaid tale, a modern marriage tested by freedom, and Nazi war widows when the war is over.

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Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

Literary Criticism, January 2017 | Best Sellers

March 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

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Reading Novels One, Two, Three | Wyatt’s World

Debut novels are delightful because they promise future works to follow. Second books then confirm the hope of the first, while third novels launch a career. Here are five titles that combine such offerings, introducing readers to fresh voices and proving the power of authors who have more to say.

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Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced

On January 20, at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, the Penguin Random House (PRH) Foundation will be announcing the recipients of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation. The awards honor library programming that strengthens the community while fostering reading, with both the library and the librarian behind the programming acknowledged.

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Graphic Novels from Gaiman & Oakley and Spencer & Co. | Xpress Reviews

Gaiman fans will find all the hallmarks of the gifted fantasist brought to life; Spencer is recommended for anyone who enjoys a solid mystery that mixes science with some mysticism

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Nonfiction: Coronado’s Ecofriendly Gardening Solutions | Xpress Reviews

More hackneyed than hacked, Coronado’s book adds little to an already-full gardening shelf, though the happy tone will appeal to some readers

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Fiction from Debuter Salehi and Yokoyama | Xpress Reviews

This hybrid legal finance/international thriller may be suitable for fans of broad action/adventure tales; Yokoyama’s English-language debut is a complex procedural that takes time to get into high gear

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E-Originals from Naquin, Sebastian, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

Kam’s character is highly entertaining and drives a very compelling plot; Sebastian has crafted an epic romance, full of incredible chemistry; readers will be just as enthralled with Rome our lovers are with each other

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Collection Development

Travels & Translations | Memoir

This month’s column has two memoirs in translation and two by Americans who take to the road

Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first “Classic Returns” column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and philosophers, not to mention a lagniappe of French lit.

Financial Literacy, Diaper Dudes, Rad Families, Language Development | Parenting Reviews, January 2017

Amid these philosophical musings are new books offering practical advice, ranging from developing language skills to tempering anxiety in young adults.

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

Untrodden Paths, Hard Choices | Memoir

Memoirs this month all center on the theme of making difficult choices

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Readers’ Advisory

Reading Novels One, Two, Three | Wyatt’s World

Debut novels are delightful because they promise future works to follow. Second books then confirm the hope of the first, while third novels launch a career. Here are five titles that combine such offerings, introducing readers to fresh voices and proving the power of authors who have more to say.

An Unlikely Mix: Tall Tales and Short Stories | Wyatt’s World

As 2017 unfolds, the range of fresh works for readers to discover is wide and divergent, including new short story collections from beloved authors and grand tales by masters of adrenaline.

Ring in the New with a Debut | Wyatt’s World

Earnest resolutions are not the only way to begin a new year—try a debut novelist. These five recently released and forthcoming titles introduce a plethora of possibilities.

Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | RA Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, the Norse gods lead me down a winding path.

Back Pocket RA: The Year Concludes with Memorable Fiction | Wyatt’s World

As 2016 nods its head in farewell, here are five novels that will long be read, well into next year, and the years beyond.

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